Canberra

Canberra

We’ve taken the Greyhound bus to Canberra for a weekend-break. And it feels to us just like being in Milton Keynes; the new town we live near in Southern England.

Designed by American architect Walter Burley Griffin, Canberra has wide boulevards, roundabouts, planned vistas but hardly any people.

Australia’s capital was moved here in 1927, after rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne meant neither could become the new nation’s capital.

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The view from the 1988 built Parliament House to the old Parliament building
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This is the Senate chamber within Parliament House. During our tour we were surprised by the number of British parliamentary traditions that are still followed here; i.e. Black rod, the mace, dragging the Speaker
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Over 102,000 Australians have died in overseas conflict. All their names are listed at the poignant Australian War Memoral. But we disliked aspects within the attached museum that seemed to glorify war
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