We arrived quite late in Canberra and just had time to grab some dinner before walking down to the lake for a firework show (obviously they were celebrating our arrival)! The only thing you can do in Canberra is Museums/Interesting Buildings and a lot of walking. But its a very picturesque city, and soooo quite for a Capital. Nowhere near the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. The city is centred around Lake Burley Griffin, a very handy compass if we ever got lost as well as being a lovely place for a picnic. Because Canberra is a new city (less than 100 years old) it was very well planned and laid out meaning there are parks and open spaces everywhere.
The first day there we rented out some bikes (only slightly newer than a Penny Farthing) and cycled around seeing the National Library, Captain Cooks Memorial and Water Jet, Old Parliament House (where we passed a Christian Concert-Praise The Lord!), and a tour of the new Parliament House on Capital Hill. All very educational.
The next day (Monday 12th March) we went to see, yep you guessed it, more museums. Firstly stopping off at the Royal Australian Mint to mint our very own $1 coin (that cheekily cost $2.50!) and to see a lot of coins (and met one very sad coin collector who took it upon himself to show us his rare 1 cent coin). Next up was the National Museum followed by the War Memorial and Anzac Parade. We were both all Museumed out and having walked best part of 10 miles, collapsed on our bed.
The next day was an early rise to catch the bus to Sydney. The people of Canberra are really nice, some of the nicest people we've met so far, even the bus drivers couldn't do enough to help! We did get the feeling that they were pleased to see us as most people just skip from Melbourne to Sydney without stopping. Its a very nice place, but there isnt a great deal to if you dont like Museums and the like.