Connelly's on the Road 2011 travel blog

Had a great time in Yarrawonga celebrating our daughter & grandson's birthdays.

Left Yarra on Thursday & arrived in Canberra around 3pm.

Staying at the Riverside Caravan Park in Queanbeyan. The cost $28 2A per night powered, no discounts. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is good. It is not a flash caravan park but clean, tidy and quiet during our stay and would stay again. You wouldn't want a very big van as the sites are on the small side.

Jim & I both lived & worked in Canberra for around 20 years so we have seen all the tourist sights many times. The two places that are a most to visit is the Australian War Memorial along with the National Museum.

History lesson - Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of over 345,000, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne. A resident of Canberra is known as a "Canberran".

The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities. It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely planned city. Following an international contest for the city's design, a blueprint by the Chicago architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin was selected and construction commenced in 1913. The Griffins' plan featured geometric motifs such as circles, hexagons and triangles, and was centred around axes aligned with significant topographical landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory.

As the seat of the government of Australia, Canberra is the site of Parliament House, the High Court and numerous government departments and agencies. It is also the location of many social and cultural institutions of national significance, such as the Australian War Memorial, Australian National University, Australian Institute of Sport, National Gallery, National Museum and the National Library. The Australian Army's officer corps are trained at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and the Australian Defence Force Academy is also located in the capital. End of lesson

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