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Our annual holiday to Canberra - the nation's capital!!


By pip_c


I’m a little bit tardy with this blog because we actually went in May :o) but I suppose while you Poms are all rugged up in front of the open fire you can be reading this and see how winters really are in Australia…


Well, it was absolutely pouring on the way down… there’s nothing worse than a long car trip in the rain.

Well, at least one member of the family was having a good time.

A pit-stop at the Big Merino was in order… (pic quality wasn’t all that good, I’m afraid). You can climb up inside the thing and look out its eyes, too bad it was closed for repairs when we were there :-(

And here are some lovely winter trees near Lake George (you will find odd bits of plant-related material scattered throughout this blog – don’t worry, Ajay, I’m not technically staying outside of the guidelines lol)

And then we arrived: just in time to take some photos of the house and garden…

The house is called Grevillea Lodge. It’s pet-friendly and it’s in a beautiful district of Canberra. There is a bird aviary…..

…lots of interesting features in the garden….

…autumn trees: great!…

…and the resident pets, Miyu and Nicki.


This morning we were off in the car again, on Tourist Drive 5, which takes in several interesting rocky outcrops and, of course, some iconic Australian bush.

Corin Forest is the largest bobsled run in the Southern Hemisphere. Here I am riding on it.

And the bobsled isn’t the only good thing about it, either. there are some gorgeous Eucalyptus and Pinus around there too.


We take Jenni (the family dog) for a walk on the footy fields every morning. There are always fantastic winter and autumn trees to take pictures of.

Then we went to Lake Burley-Griffin – swans, swans, swans!


More lovely autumn trees at Commonwealth Park.

Needless to say, we were a happy band of holidaymakers – albeit a little tired!!!

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Nice blog Pip c - it's so lovely to see those autumn colours down there in Canberra. I've always wanted to visit our nation's capital in the autumn - having heard what a magnificent display there is to be seen. Just love the photo with the Cockatiel, the White-Cheeked Rosella and the Alexandra's Parrot as well.

1 Nov, 2009


Some lovely photos there Pip and Jenni's sweet too, is that a little seat-belt you have around her ?

1 Nov, 2009


nice blog pip and some lovely pivs there, jenni is a sweetie to,glad to know you get some rain to lol

1 Nov, 2009


That was a great blog Pipc lovely to see it through your eyes. Any story to the stone with a stone on top?

1 Nov, 2009


Enjoyed your blog pipc............

1 Nov, 2009


enjoyed your blog and photos.....

1 Nov, 2009


THanks Bernieh, the main reason we go down there at that time of year as opposed to any other is the lovely autumn colour...ahhhh. Couldn't have told you what kind of parrots they were though - thanks for filling in the gaps :o)

Jenni has a car-harness, Louise, which is pretty much like a seatbelt for dogs, I suppose :-)

Don't worry Sandra, we get planty of rain in Australia, just no snow!!! Wish we got snow.

Sorry Drc I have absolutely no idea about that 'person', it was just by the side of the road. Who knows whether it was natural or manmade?

Glad you enjoyed the blog Holly and Clarice :o)))

1 Nov, 2009


Thoroughly enjoyed your blog...thanks for sharing it with us....I have an Aussie friend who now lives in the US....but she tells me lots about the plants and trees, and I love ferns, and she has sent me pics of fantastic fern walks, and huge ones....and one in particular I like....The Bird Nest Fern, that likes a piece of banana skin placed in the middle of the plant....

18 Jul, 2010


We don't get many ferns around these parts but there are some fantastic ones in the tropical parts of Aus. We get good tree ferns a bit further down the coast, they look spectacular from above. Glad you liked the blog :o)

19 Jul, 2010


And yes, I have caught up with this blog too, Pip! Great day out, thanks for the tour guide!!! :~))

31 Jul, 2010


You're welcome Flori! Glad you enjoyed the tour - took 5 days to do it, about an hour to upload it and 2 minutes to view it! LOL

1 Aug, 2010

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