After visiting Sydney, we traveled down to Canberra – the capital of Australia.
Canberra is not a very large city, it is located inland almost halfway between Sydney and Melbourne.
Sami and I stayed with some family friends. The first evening we arrived we ended up having dinner and catching up with everyone.
On our first full day there, we went over to the National Museum of Australia. It was an enormous building with so much inside it. We first watched a 15 minute video about Australia that also involved a turning stage to move us around to 4 different screens.
There was information about everything Australia that you could imagine. There was a whole section about the clothes, weapons and lifestyle of early Aboriginal people of Australia, a section about invasive species in Australia such as the rabbit, and also the heart of one of the best race horses to come out of Australia – Phar Lap (It was huge!). I guess that was one of the reasons that it was such a successful racehorse! It was a really interesting place to see and could take over a full day to read everything that they had there.
We also had lunch there, which was delicious!
That afternoon we watched some of the Australian Open tennis matches (on TV of course) that were occurring just 3 hours south of us in Melbourne. We went to bed early and prepared ourselves for the next day – Australia Day!