Canberra, our nations Capital

Trip Start Apr 05, 2013
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Trip End Jan 26, 2014


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Flag of Australia  , Australian Capital Territory,
Friday, December 6, 2013

Canberra has never really been a 'must see' on our to do list but we figured we were that close that we shouldn't pass by without taking a look and boy were we pleasantly surprised! Everything is so green and clean, it's really easy to get around and there was so much to see. We didn't have time to see everything so we hit just a few of the major attractions.

Parliament House was a great experience, there was no one exciting in the house but it was still cool to see where everything is and how it all works. Scott was impressed that not only could we park our car underneath Parliament House (without height restrictions) but that it was also free to park and free to tour!

Old Parliament House was really cool too, the building itself is still in great shape and the halls and rooms have real character. We got to go into the PM's old office, Bob Hawke being the last pres to use it before they moved.

In both houses Scott was eagerly looking for bomb shelters but with no luck. I'm guessing the government is not going to give up that kind of info but it would have been cool to see.

The War Memorial was our favourite part - it is just amazing!! Like Uncle John told us, you could easily spend a few days trying to get through all the information in there - as it was we spent over 5 hours roaming around and we saw everything but definitely didn't get to read it all. The Hall of Memory, Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier and the Roll of Honour were breathtaking. The mood is very reflective and somber and it definitely makes you feel a bit patriotic - a new item on my bucket list is to witness the War Memorial proceedings on Anzac Day.

We also quickly checked out the National Museum of Australia which was another day of information overload for us. It is really well laid out and a lot to take in - seeing Phar Laps heart was a definite highlight.
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