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    • Day 124

      Trip with parents Tag 8

      March 24, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Nach dem Frühstück sind wir mal wieder los. Eigentlicb checkt man morgens erstmal immer alle Nachrichten, ob man auch wirklich nach Hause kommt und am wichtigsten den Status des Fliegers...
      Danach sind wir mit dem Auto, welches uns zur Verfügung gestellt wurde, losgefahren zum Botanischen Garten hier in Canberra. Wir haben uns alle verschieden Regionen in den Garten angeguckt. Danach sind wir weiter zum Beijing Garden, der ein kleiner Park ist mit chinesichen Gebäuden. Anschließend haben wir uns das Parlamentshaus angeguckt. Danach sind wir nach Kingston Forshore gefahren. Anschließend sind wir zum Mittagessen wieder ins Hotel und haben den restlichen Tag im Hotel verbracht.Read more

    • Day 12

      Canberra - a change of scene

      February 12, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Despite the 3hr time difference we were up quite early. Lisa and Dave's apartment is in a trendy waterside development close to bars and restaurants. The weather is not as bad as I expected, definitely cooler and slightly overcast but dry so we took a short walk first thing around the development. Had a cup of coffee and looked over some local information on what we might like to do over the next couple of days. Lisa and Dave got back about 12.30 and we went for a quick tour. We stopped initially at the National Museum and had some lunch and then on to the Botanical Gardens. We had a walk around. Much of the area had been damaged during a recent severe hailstorm. Trees shrubs and greenhouses took a battering so it wasn't looking at it's best. Staff were still clearing up. It was interesting to see the Eucalyptus trees which shed their bark throughout their lifetime. The bark is rich in oil and is easy to burn. This is one reason why the bushfires can spread so quickly and over such distances. The Eucalyptus bark acts like an oil lamp or torch blown by strong winds and landing on tinder dry grass and twigs in bushland which has not seen rain for nearly two years. The good news is that the recent rains have extinguished the majority of fires, we have seen no sign on our trip so far, however there are still some smouldering hot spots with fire fighters being dropped by helicopter into remote areas to put them out.
      We finished up at a local bar for a couple of beers and then on to an Italian for Pasta and Pizza and some nice red wine. Had nightcap and earlyish night as L&D at work next morning.
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    • Day 35


      March 6, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      L&D went and got some stuff for breakfast and as the weather was good we went for a walk around the lake to the National Museum of Australia. We walked through the grounds and saw some interesting pieces including a light tunnel by the same artist who did something similar at MONA. We had a quick look round the gallery and then back to the waterfront. L&D went shopping and Ali and I sat and had a couple of beers in one of the many waterside bars. L&D joined us and after a couple of sharp showers we went back to the apartment via the local bottle shop where a woman was giving tastings from a local vineyard. We bought a couple of bottles and then went back for dinner. Lisa had prepared some lovely prawns and Tasmanian Salmon. Starting to think of home now just one more full day. Will do some packing tomorrow.Read more

    • Day 91

      Jerrabomberra Wetland

      May 20 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

      Today we visited the Jerrabomberra wetlands in Canberrra. It was quite busy with several species of waterbirds but in cooler weather there is rather less activity than usual. It was cold, windy and very overcast. The inner boardwalk was very good. We did not have tine for the longer outer walk. Therd are many hides to allow a better look at any birds that are there.

      Heres what the sign at the start of the walk has to say. 🙂

      An urban oasis
      Jerrabomberra Wetlands are of national and international Importance providing habitat for wildlife including water birds, frogs and tortoises.

      The area is also a summer home for the Latham's Snipe, a migratory wader which breeds in Japan and China.
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    • Day 11

      Scarborough to Canberra

      February 11, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Got up and packed, checked out and had breakfast. Cliff the taxi driver picked us up at 12.15 and we had a pleasant journey to the airport. Cliff didn't stop talking. Quick check in and then over to the Qantas desk. I wanted to see if we could change our return flight. We are due back from Sydney via Singapore and I wondered if it would be better to go direct from Perth as we did on the way out. Interestingly the non stop flight is having difficulty at the moment as it is on an altered route which is longer than usual to avoid flying over hot spots in the middle east. Because of this 80 to 90 passengers a day are being moved on to other flights as the plane cant take a full load and the fuel needed to do the flight. So Singapore it is. Had a beer at the airport and then a good 3.5 hour flight to Canberra where we were met by Lisa and Dave - nice to see them after so long. Dave drove us back to their apartment and we sat on the balcony with beer and nibbles.Read more

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