West Basin

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  • Day115

    Canberra City

    February 3 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    This was a strange place. It didn’t exist in 1900 other than as a sheep station in the middle of nowhere - In 1824, Joshua Moore built a homestead named Canberry, whose name was derived from a local Aboriginal language; its meaning is disputed Australia became a nation on 1 January 1901, when the British Parliament passed legislation enabling the six Australian colonies to collectively govern in their own right as the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia decided that it needed to have a capital, but could not use any of the capitals of the existing states. It had to be within the state of New South Wales, but at least 100km from Sydney.

    Once a suitable location for the capital was found, in 1911, the Australian Government launched an international competition for the design of a new capital. Walter Burley Griffin (from Chicago) submitted designs drawn by his wife, Marion Mahony Griffin, and beat 136 other entrants to win the competition. However, his plan was never fully realised as he stayed in Chicago and an Australian government committee Was appointed to oversee the building of the city, but they didn’t particularly like the winning design and started selecting elements from various plans and began reworking the winning design. So much for democracy.

    I won’t bore you with the design principles etc. As a city it has a beautiful layout, big man-made lakes created by damming the river, plus some magnificent buildings. However, in our eyes it lakes soul, life and any sort of “vibe”. It lacks the hustle and bustle of a city. We have been in Brisbane and Sydney at 5pm and watched the cafes, bars and restaurants fill up in the city centre; that didn’t happen in Canberra, it was dead.

    I’m sure that the commute to work along the multilane roads carrying half a dozen cars is very easy, but I wonder if Canberra needs a million or more people living in it to give it some energy?

    We drove up to the tops of Mount Ainslie for a spectacular view across the city
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  • Day101

    Canberra Tag 81

    March 1 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Letzter Arbeitstag😍
    In der Früh habe ich mich Jana Muffins gebacken und wir waren mit den Kindern im Pool hier bei uns :). Danach haben wir wieder zusammen gegessen und sind gegen Nachmittag zzm Holi Festival aufgebrochen. Mega cool! Hier in Australien war das einfach kostenlos und wir sind mit den Kiddies dahin. Es war richtig witzig und den Kindern hat es sowas von gefallen🎉☺️. Auf dem Rückweg haben wir noch ein Eis gegessen. Als wir zurück zu Hause waren, haben wir die Kinder direkt gebadet und dann gab es auch schon Dinner.
    Abends aind Saskia und ich noch einkaufen gewesen und dann sind wir noch auf den Red Hill Lookout, weil der Sonnenuntergang so schön war 🌄☺️

    Last working day😍
    In the morning I baked with Jana Muffins and we were with the kids in the pool here:) Afterwards we had lunch together again and in the afternoon we left for the Holi Festival. Nice! Here in Australia it was just for free and we went there with the kids. It was really funny and the kids really liked it🎉☺️. On the way back we had an ice cream. When we got back home we gave the kids a bath and then there was dinner.
    In the evening Saskia and I went shopping and then we went to the Red Hill Lookout because the sunset was so beautiful 🌄☺️
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  • Day88


    September 23, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Die Meinungen gehen auseinander. Canberra muss man wirklich nicht hin, jedoch ist es die Hauptstadt und hat ein paar interessante Spots. Die ganze Stadt wirkte auf mich jedoch sehr künstlich. Positiv zu erwähnen ist, dass viele Sehenswürdigkeiten "free entry" haben.Read more

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