Batemans Bay to Canberra

30 March -  1 April, 2008

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Sunday, 30 March

Up earlier than usual, packed and cleaned up and left Batemans Bay at 10am.  Stopped at Braidwood for a coffee and arrived in Canberra just before 1pm to meet Jo’s father, Pete, at the Deck café on Lake Burley Griffin at Regatta Point for lunch.  Had a casual lunch with much talk before dropping Simon and Jo off at Murray’s Coach Depot to catch their 3pm bus back to Sydney.  And so ended a really enjoyable week with Simon and Jo.

Booked into Anzac park B&B and went to a small local Chinese/Malaysian restaurant for dinner – lovely low cost meal.

Drove around central Canberra and Parliament and then up Mount  .. to view the lights of the city.  Reasonably early to bed.


Monday, 31 March.

Breakfast at 8.30 and then walked up the road to visit the War Memorial Museum – most interesting and could spend a lot of time there.  Left at 12.30, back to the B&B to pick up the car and then drove to Kingston suburb for lunch at a little bakery.  Purchased an Olive stone remover from “The Essential Ingredient” restaurant supply shop – was stocked with so many quality kitchen items for purchasing.  Also checked out the “Artespresso” Restaurant but it was rather upmarket for our needs. Sussed out a couple of Italian restaurants that could be suitable for dinner. 

Drove to the At Gallery to see the Turner to Monet Exhibition – many great paintings from many famous painters – a great exhibition.

Drove to Westfield Shopping Centre for A to try and get some lingerie items – partially successful.

Drove back to the B&B and enjoyed an hour talking to our hosts over wine and cheese.  Then back to La Dolce Vita Restaurant in Kingston for Bolognaise and Pizza.  In bed by 9.30.


Tuesday, 1 April

Had breakfast at 8am and then talked with Mercedes until 10.30!  Drove 30 minutes to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Centre – 4 large dishes for communicating with all manned space flights as well as deep space flights (one of 3 NASA coms sites – the others are in California and Spain).  Very interesting although couldn’t get near the dishes unfortunately.

Drove back to the Silo Bakery in Kingston for lunch and then drove over to go on a tour of Parliament buildings – very interesting as it is rare to see a modern Parliamentary building.  Then spent the last 30 minutes before closing at the old Parliament Buildings.

At 5pm we drove up Black Mountain and went up the Telstra Tower for magnificent views over all of Canberra.

Invited for dinner with our B&B hosts.  Cauliflower and ham soup, lamb with couscous and peas, and finished off with fresh fruit soaked in liqueur – best meal we’ve had for a while, and then talked till 10pm  Our host gets up at 3.15am every week morning to deliver papers to parliament so we thought it was time he was in bed!