Canberra

I felt cold when I landed in Canberra as the local temperature was only 23 degrees Celsius – compared to Brisbane with its low 40s.

This city has a lot of nice real restaurants. I had a nice dinner with redshift at the Gus’ cafe where I opted for Pumpkin and Lentil croquette with a fresh watermelon juice: awesome.

I stayed at the YHA where the people I shared the room with were working in Canberra so it seems that finding a place to live is somewhat difficult.

I left for a full day cycling to the NASA Deep Space Center via the Mount Stromlo’s observatory. The beginning of this 100 km return trip was almost flat and easy, until I cycled so fast (10 km in 10 minutes) that I would have to pay for it; which was right as my rental mountain bike was stuck at 5 km/h on the bitumen going up for an hour. It was worth the effort! On the way, the stigmata from 2003 are still visible, when the bush fires around Canberra turned very badly and was on the news headlines in Europe.

Trees on Mount Stromlo Mount Stromlo observatory
Swimming conditions sign Stop here on red signal sign
Rental bicycle, about half way to the NASA Deep Space Center Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Instructions near Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex Old antenna

Walking in Canberra is nice but it was the only place in Australia where I managed to get lost, fortunately never for a long time! The sunset was enjoyable in the park nearby the war memorial with a picturesque view shared with plenty of wallabies!

Sunset near Canberra Shade
Thomas Cook Memorial Sunset over Telstra Tower

Inside the Canberra Centre, a brand new Apple store and offered me a piece of chocolate cake!

On the last day, I left to Sydney by coach where I transferred to the Blue Mountains by train.