We start our tour today, with a quick jolly through Canberra to see the Parliament Building or whatever it's called. It was only built in the 1980s, so it's very new, but great to look around. The entrance hall is all marble, designed to look like a forest of gum trees. Very nice place. It sits on top of a hill, looking out over Australia's custom made capital. Apparently, the architect was inspired by Washington DC, America's own custom capital, and I can see the similarity.
Afterwards, he head through to Australia Museum, full of Australian stuff. Again, most seems fairly boring, probably as the country is still so new. A few surf boards, and some cricket stuff belonging to people I've never heard off, and some stuff about rabbits and cane toads being a problem.
Following that, we head to our evening accomodation at an off season ski resort in Thredbo, in the Alpine Region of Australia. It's very pretty, and seems very Swiss inspired.
Tonight, we have a Toga Party. Our guide, Cam (aka Bones) is conducting his 300th, and last tour, before he heads to Africa, so the chalet has thrown a party. We all borrow bed sheets, from the hotel (explains why they're all blue) and indulge in some drinking, and eating, and drinking games.
Come 11pm, we go out looking for wombats...in togas. Awesome. A few of us manage to catch a glimpse of one of the sly b*****s, before it disappears into the undergrowth. Dissapointed, we return for a few hours sleep.