Australia – Day 12 – Canberra (Part 1)
There are several major cities in Australia, but none of the cities I know (Sydney, Melbourne…Perth…) are correct.
Canberra is the capital of Australia. Although located in NSW which is the same state as Sydney it is kind of located right in between the 2 major cities of Australia (Sydney and Melbourne).
It’s a 3 hour (plus) drive from Sydney! Yes, it’s another road trip and thank you Auntie for being an amazing driver.
We drove to the visitors center first to set up our itinerary, and from there we headed to the Parliament House. We happened to be in Canberra on the first day the new Prime Minister was in office so Yuntiha and I were joking that we were there to celebrate Mr.Turnbull becoming the new Prime Minister of Australia. It seemed like a rather sudden change.
Their is a nice under ground parking structure at the Parliament House and from their we walked to the front entrance. From their you can kind of see the unique design of the city. Like Washington DC, Canberra is actually a planned city so everything is strategically placed in the city.
The Parliament is located in the center of the city with a circular road going all the way around it and then roads that lead out to the rest of the city.
Of course we had to get a family picture in front of the Parliament House as well. From the outside, the building is beautiful and looks very modern. I had originally pictured a much more traditional and older building. I did learn that Canberra hasn’t always been the capital of Australia. Which I guess explains why it could be kind of confusing to know what the capital of Australia is. It is not the major cities we know.
We went through security and entered the Parliament House and into the main foyer. It was a grand and bright foyer with beautiful marble columns and marble stair cases that led to the rest of the Parliament House.
From the second floor we walked into a the balconies that yield a full view of The Great Hall. This is where people have big banquets. On the day we were there, tables were all set up for something.
This is was actually my first time walking into any capital building (I’ve never been to Washington DC or Sacramento). Everything felt very serious. We wandered and circled the second floor where paintings of all of the important people lined the walls. There are smaller exhibits around giving a little bit of governmental history about Australia.
Of all things, my favorite thing was finding a post office in the parliament building. We picked up a few post cards and made sure to get enough stamps for all of the postcards. I have found that postcards are the best souvenir!
And next we headed to Floriade. It’s spring in Australia so time for spring flowers.