Our second day in Canberra was spent in the National Museum and the Australian War Memorial, with a walk around part of the lake in between. It was interesting in the museum to be reminded of just how young Australia is, it was only colonised in the 18th century. The war memorial was mine and Jack’s favourite part of Canberra. The memorial had lots of aircraft, tanks and guns on display along with many displays dedicated to the brave men who lost their lives fighting for Australia. Unfortunately we couldn’t spend as much time musing at the War Memorial as we would have liked as we needed to head off to the first stopover town on our journey from Canberra to Adelaide. Apologies for the photo overload!
Our first stop on our journey was Australia’s capital Canberra. I have to admit before coming to Australia I was convinced Sydney was the capital as you hear so much more about it than Canberra. We had a hostel booked for the night and so were able to split our sight-seeing up over two days. Canberra was where we were going to try and pack in some culture, so we headed straight to the Parliament House to look around and have lunch before heading to the National Gallery, which showed a range of artwork from Aboriginal artists to Monet, to Warhol. We spent the rest of the day wandering around Canberra, which is a completely designed and planned city, before finding a table at the local “Labour Members Club” (a couple of dollars buys your entry) and watching the NRL game over dinner.