PORNO CAPITOL of Australia!
Trip Start Jan 31, 2005
33Trip End Apr 20, 2005
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But before we even made it to Canberra, we stopped at a small little town called Goulburn. Goulburn was one of the very first cities built inland (all other cities started along the coast) and is a very big sheep-farming town. Suffice to say, the people of Goulburn are very proud of their sheep and currently have the "world's largest merino" (male sheep) erected in the center of their town.
Our first stop was Canberra which is the capital of Australia but of which we later learned is also the Porno Capital of Australia. Evidently, Canberra is the only city in all of Australia where pornography is legal...in buying, selling and making. The story behind Canberra is that Australia didn't know where to put their country's capital because there was already too much rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's 2 largest cities. Finally, they decided to make their capital almost exactly between those 2 cities. Therefore, Canberra. Because Canberra was the only city completely planned out before ever having any inhabitants, it is one of the most well-designed city as far as traffic goes. There is never any traffic, no matter how many people keep moving into it. Canberra has 3 major oddities that no one can figure out, but still applies today:
1. Canberra is the only city in Australia that allows pornography.
2. Canberra is the only city that allows the purchase of fireworks, but not the explosion of them (you can buy, but not set them off).
3. Canberra is the only city that allows residents to grow as many marijuana plants as they want.
Todd's conclusion is that it's because of all the politicians who originally created the city since it's the country's capital.
Another oddity about Canberra is that there are no major freeways in and out of Canberra. The only way to get into it is to drive onto dirt roads and other access roads. And it was only recently that they just finally got their own airport, but with only very limited flights, of course. According to our driver, Todd, it is much, much cheaper to fly into Vietnam or Taiwain from Sydney or Melbourne than it is into Canberra. A very odd city, indeed.
Later that night at the hostel, our whole backpacker group had a cozy barbeque together. Apparently Australians love to barbeque. Almost every hostel I've stayed in so far all had a "barbeque night." They call it "barby," as in "throw a steak on the barby." Australians love to shortcut all their words here. Australians are "Aussies", breakfast is "brekky", mosquitoes are "mossies" and cup of coffee is "cuppä." Go figure? Australians are so funny.