Thredbo - The skiing capital of Australia

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
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Trip End Sep 23, 2011


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, February 23, 2011




Hello all,


Sorry it's been such a long time.


So after an amazing time in Sydney it was time to jump back on our tour bus (OZ Experience aka Australia Adventure Tours) for our 3 day tour to Melbourne. So there we were at 6.15am waiting for our bus to come, come it didn't until 7.00am. What is really annoying is that the drivers are all so cheery when they pick you up and they don't even acknowledge that they are late, I'm sure things would be different if we were late!!!


The first day of our tour would consist of alot of driving as we headed for the Australian Alps and the ski resort of Thredbo. On the way we made a stop in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Its hard to understand why this sterile purpose-built city was made the capital of Australia. However, the city was born of a dispute between Sydney and Melbourne, each competing to become capital of Australia. Neither could bear for the other to triumph, so when a compromise was reached, a small chunk was carved out of New South Wales halfway between the two major cities. This became the site for Canberra, and the country's smallest self-governing territory.


The city is of course the political and military centre of Australia, meaning that most of the population work for the government. We only spent a few hours in Canberra but it felt like the who place was too-tidy and was run by some sort of Matrix computer, which meant the city lacked spontaneity and character.


However, during our short time here we went to the amazing Australian War Memorial, which is one of the finest museums in the country and one of the best we have ever visited. The museum gives a detailed insight into how battle forged Australia's identity, and included enormous collections of relics, weaponary, uniforms, and heavy machinery. Even if you are not a history buff it would take two full days to explore, we had a mere 45 minutes. However, it was really interesting to see a different perpective to that of a British War Museum, including displays on the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan.


After the museum we went to Parliament House, a $1.1 Billion construction that is printed on the back of the $5 note. After a tour around the buildings including the roof terrace, we went into the House of Representatives to watch the parliamentary proceedings from the Public Gallery. We were very lucky as there was a heated debate about tax (as always) going on between the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the opposition, this later become big news on TV. Whilst there the Foriegn Minister also gave detail on the Christchurch earthquake and what was being done to help Australian nationals that were there at the time. There was also a big row over the treatment of farmers since the cyclone, and how big supermarkets were selling milk for an all time low of $1 a litre; causing a farmer to commit suicide every 4 days. All of this was very interesting and we didn't want to leave as the debates got very heated.


After leaving Canberra we made our way up the Australian Alps to the Ski Resort of Thredbo, and settled in for the night. After dinner we were introduced to a drinking game called "Shot-Ski". The game consisted of a ski with four holes drilled into it to fit a shot-glass. With a person perched under each glass, the two people at either end would have to tilt the ski so the shot would drop into the drinkers mouth. This was quite fun but got very difficult and 'messy' as you got progressively more drunk.


Love Thomas and Hollie x x x
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