It wasn't a bad train ride into Canberra. The train station was a way out of the city though, so I had to get a bus into the city to find the YHA hostel I was staying in. I got chatting to a German lad who was going to the same hostel as me so we travelled in together. We checked in and then almost immediately went exploring. We followed the Lonely Planet's walking tour of Canberra and stopped off at places on the way. We saw both the new and old Parliament Houses and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, walked past the high court of Australia, and then went for a look around the National Gallery which was lovely. We walked around the huge Lake Burley Griffin which is in the centre of town and has a giant fountain, the Captain Cook Memorial Jet. After a long walk in beutiful sunshine it started to rain so we made our way back to the hostel. The Waratahs were playing the ACT Brumbies that night, so I took Matthias to an Irish bar to watch it as I really wanted to see the match. I attempted to explain what was going on. Don't know how successful I was! We continued by having a few beers in another bar and then went back to the hostel. We met up again in the morning and went to the National Museum of Australia which was brilliant, Walking around the city on a Saturday morning conjures up images of packed streets bustling with people. Canberra was nothing like this. It was like a ghost town! Even the roads were quiet! It was a bit wierd! After the museum I went to take a tour around the new Parliament House which was good and there was a great view from the roof! Matthias left for his train back to Sydney and I headed back to the hostel, picking up some food from Aldi on the way. I just chilled out in the hostel that night with a woman I was sharing my dorm with. She was nice, a fellow teacher from Perth, but now retraining as a lawyer! I set off on Sunday morning for my bus to Melbourne. I enjoyed my time in Canberra. There is enough to do for a tourist, but I can't imagine living there.