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The Great Australia Road Trip – Page Four

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Day 4 – Sunday – September 19, 2010

Weather:  Cloudy & Chilly

Destination:  Narooma, New South Wales, Australia

Odometer Reading:  95727

Total Distance Traveled:  Don’t know exactly, but it was somewhere close to 384 kilometers (238 miles).  From here on I’m going to be able to keep better track of how far we have gone each day now that I have an actual odometer reading to work with.

Price of Fuel:  Canberra $75.25 (I’m also going to have to start keeping track of the liter price and how much diesel we’re using)

Route Taken:  Queanbeyan to Canberra to Queanbeyan to Bungendore to Doughboy to Braidwood to Bateman’s Bay to Moruya to Narooma

Highlights:  The upper bunk in this motorhome is not the most comfortable place to sleep.  First you have to climb up this rickety aluminum ladder to get into it and then the bunk itself has such a low ceiling clearance it’s almost coffin like.  I think tonight we’ll make up the back seating area into a full time bed.  We might as well take advantage of the extra room in this thing.

We were up well before the sun today, partly because of the bunk and partly because we’re still on Vegas time.  Since we’re on our own that isn’t a problem for us and it just meant that we could get an earlier start.  After a quick breakfast, we drove back into Canberra to find some things we wanted to see.  After driving around a fair bit (see notes below) we made it to the Dinosaur Museum first.  The entry fee was $11.00 per person and it was a fair sized museum with lots of interesting displays.  It took about two hours to walk through and we thought it was well worth the stop.

 

 

After that we went to the Australia National Museum which was nice, there was no entry fee and it was a large complex, but it had large empty spaces.  I didn’t take the camera in with me since I didn’t know if it would be allowed or not and I didn’t want to have to walk all the way back to the motorhome to put it away.  Since the motorhome is so large, we had to park out where it would fit and it was a bit of a walk through the parking lot.  The exhibits, about seven in all, were really well done and gave a lot of information with interactive displays.  We spent quite a bit of time in the invasive species display.  There was a map of Australia that showed the historical migratory invasion of different species of animals and plants which was really cool.  There was also a historic persons area that was very interesting.  It was amazing to see all the different people, from all over the World, that have had some significant effect on Australia throughout history.  Even though we thought from the size of the complex that there would be more, it too was well worth the stop.

 

 

Stops:  There were a lot of stops in Canberra today since we kept getting lost and kept getting into fights with Lee, the guy in the GPS unit.  That twit had us going all over in circles all day and I think we called him everything but state-of-the-art.  We finally decided to get out of Canberra about 2:00 pm and changed the GPS to Karen.  She seems a bit nicer.

The nice thing about driving around the Canberra area was that we were able to see some things we have never seen in the States.  Large groups of cockatoos just sitting in the grass at the side of the roads.  Kangaroos grouped together feeding out in fields.  Then there were the teddy bears that were tied to the trees, which I thought was a bit strange, but we used to have a tree with shoes in it in Nevada, so I’ll have to try to find out the story.

Where We Stayed:  We made it to Narooma and found a spot to stay at Easts Narooma Shores Holiday Park, which was situated right on the bay.  The rate was $31.50 for the night, with the discount that Cheapa rentals receive.  We liked the feel of this town a lot and before dinner we took a walk along the water and around the dock.  We saw a seal and some really pretty purple jellyfish in the water.  The lady at the campground desk had said that the whales were passing by in great numbers so we hope to catch sight of a few before we leave.

Where We Ate:  We ate in the motorhome.  A dinner of McCain’s frozen beef and pasta dinner with mixed green salad.  It was easy and very tasty.

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11 Responses to “The Great Australia Road Trip – Page Four”

  1. you look and sound like your having a marvelous time,, it sounds wonderful ,, wait where are the souvineiers???? lol never mind come home safely love and hugs inky

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    Some People's Kids
    Some_Peoples_Kids Reply:

    Thanks for coming by and taking a read. We had a great time and made it back in one piece. It was fantastic.

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  2. Lol, when I saw you were headed to Canberra I was wondering if you’d mention the circles. What a crazy set up eh?

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    Some People's Kids
    Some_Peoples_Kids Reply:

    We never made it to the circles since GPS Lee had us going around in circles of his own. We did see some new construction areas, an industrial area, and quite a few wooded areas. All in all we enjoyed Canberra.

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  3. Did you learn how to say Canberra like an Aussie?

    “Cambra, mate!”

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    Some People's Kids
    Some_Peoples_Kids Reply:

    I thought everyone was saying “Canbra” so I guess I was close enough. The Man never did seem to catch on to what some Aussies had to say. A bit too fast and a bit too syllable blended for him. :wink:

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    Snugglepot Reply:

    I asked my partner last night if they said Cambra or Canbra..after saying out loud several times, the response I got was…”I definately say Canbra, only the n sound has an M overtone”!!!

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  4. I love this blog…coming back tonight to read all..I envy you..I have a passion for Australia! I have several places there I want to visit! I am nature freak and love animals and specially bugs!!!Also heard Australian people are beautiful friendliest caring people!! First thing I would do is get a Veggiemite sandwich and have a swim.! I could go on all day about the history I’ve learned about Australia….but got to go!!!! Mega kudos for sharing..I wish best time ever!!!!

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    Some People's Kids
    Some_Peoples_Kids Reply:

    Thanks for coming by Voodoo. Since you’re into all that “nature stuff” as our kids call it, you may very well enjoy this ride since we’re that way too.

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  5. What the hell is that in the parking lot. My son saw this and he was trying to figure out how to skateboard it.

    How was Canberra?

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    Some People's Kids
    Some_Peoples_Kids Reply:

    I believe that is architectural artwork because that catwalk goes all over the place in the front of the building. As we were looking at it the Man said that he wondered if they had to post a security guard there at night because in the States the kids would be skateboarding all over that thing. :lol:

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