Early summer in 2011. My parents and I planned a trip to Adelaide-Melbourne but an unforeseen circumstances had us dropped Adelaide. My lovely aunt and cousin Dilys suggested that since our stay was two weeks long, we should at least visit Australia’s largest city Sydney and her capital Canberra. Sounds brilliant!
The tour we joined consisted mostly of Chinese nationals, a few Hongkies and four Malaysians. I have to say they were pretty shocked when they knew I speak fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English – that very proud moment to be a multi-lingual Malaysian.
The journey from Melbourne to Canberra took about 8 hours, the scenery along the journey were mainly dried grass with some patches of green visible. Passed by Albury, the common boundary of Victoria and New South Wales. We reached Canberra around 5 o’clock in the evening. Since it was summer, the days were longer than nights, which means more time to explore.
Canberra is a planned city, very much like Putrajaya. It is a very visual appealing experience to see how the city was planned in such a way that from the Parliament you can see the National War Memorial at the end of ANZAC Parade, vice versa. In Putrajaya, a similar concept was drawn – Prime Minister Office overlooking Putrajaya International Convention Centre and in between lies a long boulevard.
Lake Burley Griffin is a man-made lake. The two bridges crossing the lake form the Parliamentary Triangle – connecting the Parliament with the City and Defence Headquarters. Where as Putrajaya has a man-made lake and 9 bridge crossings!
It was a fine evening, the lake provides a very scenic place for one to enjoy the breeze and evening sun.
The Australian Parliament sitting on top of Capital Hill.
I managed to capture a few pictures of the Malaysian High Commission as the bus maneuvered around its way to the city centre.
Canberra is a much smaller and relatively new city as compared to Melbourne. It’s peaceful here and has fewer places to hang out.
Also saw this restaurant serving Malaysian food called Rasa Sayang.
Checked in at Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort.
As soon as I dropped my luggage, I went out to the surrounding compound for a walk. Luck was on my side to see a few kangaroos in the wilderness.
Ripe acorn on the ground and young acorns on the tree.
Will update on my visit to the Parliament and War Memorial soon.