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Wednesday, January 19, 2000
Canberra to Sydney, Australia
Australia's FlagNew South Wales's Flag

Sydney, Australia:
Latitude: 33° 53' 7" South
Longitude: 151° 14' 2" East
Altitude: 236 feet
From Seattle: 8714 miles
Lodging: Friend / Family - Susie

Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: New South Wales
Path:Canberra - Sydney, Australia
Linear:163 miles
Weather: Sunny / Rain

Available Photos:

Parliment House Canberra, ACT, Australia

Fore court Parliment House, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Flag pole Parliment House, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Parliment House Canberra, ACT, Australia

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1014
Linear Dist: 199141
Countries Visited: 67
Regions Visited: 251
More stats...
Hotels: 325
Friends / Family: 269
Camping: 120
Hostels: 221
Transit: 65
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3604

Journal Entry:
Checked out then had breakfast at a cafe in Manuka. Drove up to check out the new Parliment house and ended up spending a couple hours wandering around and taking the tour. It's a very modern structure built into a hill in the center of Canberra. From the grassy roof (which you can walk over - supposedly symbolic for the people being put above the government) you can see how undeveloped the capitol still is.

After leaving Parliment I wandered around the shore of Lake Burlry Griffin near the Captain Cook Memorial (a fountain that shoots a jet of water out of the lake a hundred fifty feet into the air). I tried to find the Australian War Memorial, but realized that I needed to get back on the road so I didn't get to see it.

The drive home was unexciting - though very hot, making me realize that I do need to look in to getting my A/C fixed. I stopped midway and called my friends Dave and Megan who I haven't talked to in five years. My mom had just forwarded their christmas card with their new number on it. Dave wan't home, but it was a nice break in the drive to get caught up with Megan. As I drove back into Sydney is started to rain.

Spent the evening at the outdoor cinema at the Royal Botanic Gardens. it was sponsered by Pettaras Press - Susie and Belinda's employers - so we ahd access to the free beer and food - excellent! Despite the sudden rain as I drove into Sydney it cleared up and the weather held for the showing, which was "Roman Holiday" - great, I don't think I've ever seen the whole thing through before. After the movie I managed to drop my phone down underneith the bleachers, but Nick Pataras (one of the bosses) had a flashlight and Belinda called it so I was able to climb down and find it. Finished off the evening at Kinselas.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Sydney
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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