Day 196 – Monday 5th December 2016

Our last day, and our last day off…
We had a day to ourselves again today and a car set aside for us to use, so decided to take a trip down to Canberra. It took about two and a half hours but was literally one straight road all the way there so with the cruise control set to 110km/h it was a lovely drive. Upon arrival at just gone midday we had only one thing in mind – lunch.
We stopped at a Chinese cuisine and treated ourselves to a two person banquet which was on lunchtime special. It cost a little more than we anticipated spending but you have to treat yourselves once in a while don’t you? 
After eating we walked around the city for a while and then jumped back in the car before crossing the Molonglo River, then parked up at Parliament House:

They had free guided tours every hour but having just missed one we decided to show ourselves around. The building was fascinating and the view from the roof was pretty special too:

Our last stop in Canberra was the National Gallery of Australia. There was loads more that we could’ve done but unfortunately time wasn’t on our side. We did however get to check out Claude Monet’s Waterlilies, one of roughly two hundred and fifty oil paintings which are seen as the artists greatest ever achievement:

We took a slight diversion on the way home and stopped for a while in Goulburn, a regional city in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. We’d never have stopped had it not been suggested by our hosts but that’s the beauty of volunteering – we’ve seen so much over the last few weeks that we’d never have considered without recommendations.
Back at our hosts place we celebrated for one last time with an absolute feast, followed by cake and a couple of farewell drinks. We decided to play it lazy and leave packing until the morning, so set our alarms for 07:00 and got a reasonably early night. All in all our stay here has been wonderful, but I can’t wait to carry on with the rest of our adventure now! 


About danstravelling

Dan Somogyi. Travelling the world 2016/17 with my girlfriend Abbie.
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