Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog! We finally have epic WiFi in an awesome hotel room! Let me tell you…
Hotel We are staying in a hotel called “Ibis Styles” It is a really neat hotel as opposed to some of the others we have stayed at (Boo to you Newcastle and Ballina) It is a really modern hotel with: Free movies, free to air tv, games on the tv and a awesome buffet breakfast (With a make your own pancake machine! I am going to miss that ;-;) There was also a school group here too!
The Royal Mint! We visited the Royal Mint on the very first day of our Canberra Adventure.It makes all the coins for all of Australasia and many other countries. The notes are printed in Victoria. I got to print out my own Anzac Day 100th Anniversary coin using a similar process to how the government prints all the other coins. There was a really cool game where you had to name the price of things made in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s using the currencies of the times. For e.g. we use decimal currency now which is 10 cents 50 cents etc. but in the 60’s they used penny’s and pounds.
Questacon Questacon is a fun way for kids to learn about science (yes it’s similar to scienceworks but larger and lots more galleries) While we were there we experienced a simulated earthquake and experimented with building houses out of blocks and saw if they were falling down or staying up. There was a lightning room where you could see lightning crashing and there also was a simulated tornado made of gasses so you could see how the air swirls. There was an interactive robot there and you could make it speak do poses and many more! The Questacon guides ride segways and are really helpful explaining the exhibits. As you can see they had a massive periodic table that shows you the elements and their uses .
The Telstra Tower The Telstra Tower is 195m above the summit of Black Mountain or 800m above sea level its disgined to sawy 1.5m from the centre which would be scary on a windy day. You can go up there see 360 degrees of Canberra. So as well as entertainment it provides Canberra with telecommunications and internet coverage (:D) There also was a restaurant which revolves and a gift shop (With no telstra stuff :O)
Parliament House We visited Parliament House early in our visit. The politicians were “sitting” that day but the gallery was closed to the public for security reasons. So we walked around and saw the Manga Carta, on loan to the Australian government, my mum flipped out and read the English version to me and dad. We saw past Prime Ministers portraits lining the walls. Security was very tight we had to go through scanners and metal detectors to enter the building.
Tent Embassy Tent Embassy is located in front of the old Parliament House. It was set up in the late 70’s to bring awareness to aboriginal issues, in particular land rights. We talked to an Aboriginal elder and he taught us about how disappointed about the current government and their lack of appreciation for the Aboriginals and the issues such as health, education and land rights. There was an indigenous school group there learning about the smoke ceremony. That ceremony is used to welcome people but also to ward off any negative spirits
Art Gallery The Art Gallery was good to walk around with. But it was mums birthday so I couldn’t complain (D:) it was boring but not for mum. She made me look at Jackson Pollock’s blue poles and all of Albert Tucker’s paintings. There were heaps of them
Australian War Memorial On our last day we visited the Australian War Memorial. “It’s massive” – My Mum. We have the War Memorial because it reminds us that people fought and gave their lives for our current way of life. We saw displays with people,medals, broken hats,guns,tanks,aircraft’s,clothes and weapons. There were lots of interactive photo displays and live footage from the world wars.On the freezing outside of the building is the reflection pool and the eternal flame. The outside walls are lined with all the solders names that died in the wars and we placed poppy’s next to their names.
And now, the epic final thing.. Segway Driving!! Yes you heard me right, Segway Driving! We rode around the lake Burley Griffin, Parliament House,Questacon and Aboriginal Embassy. It was really fun and easy to master (So says me) I got it right at first but my dad had a bit of trouble which ended up making funny videos :3
Canberra Tons of roundabouts we thought we were going around in circles. Also weather was perfect everyday expect for the last day which didn’t go above 3 degrees
Final Sentence Canberra was a nice place to have a holiday because, there were many attractions, it has beautiful weather. Something to learn around every corner.
I hope you guys had a nice break up and I am coming back tomorrow. See you guys for now 😀