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Family Holiday Trip - 2005

Adelaide to Canberra Section: 25th to 28 October
Adelaide Area

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We arrived in The City of Adelaide, one of our two primary destinations on the evening of the 25th of October and spent the next three days in the area.

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Hidden behind this fence, was a magnificent garden and outstanding bed and breakfast style accommodation.

The Gardens at Kirkendale were spectacular and obviously the result of great deal of planning and hard work.



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The kitchenette was bright and well stocked with an assortment of cereals, coffees, fresh juice and even chocolate biscuits (cookies), and fresh fruit.

Reading the guest book can be very interesting and even surprising. Here, Conda found an entry by previous visitors from Oregon, in the US.

The high standard of our accommodation was complemented by the efforts of our hostess to help us secure reservations at "The Greedy Goose" restaurant.

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The entire "cottage" was clean, bright and very tastefully decorated.

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A view of the skyline of Adelaide.

Adelaide is known as the "City of Churches". Each one elaborate and beautiful, often in a park like setting.

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This foot bridge is crossing over the river "Torrens", that flows through the city of Adelaide.

The main gates to Adelaide Zoo. Some of the animal pictures we took inside are included latter in the "Family Holiday Trip - 2005" section.

Melbourne Street, once nearly forgotten, has seen a recent renewal into what is now alive with very trendy restaurants, cafes and pubs.

The Greedy Goose, winner of the 2005 “My Restaurant Rules” contest.

Reality shows abound around the world...but here in Australia, we have a unique take on them. In THIS reality show, 5 sets of contestants are given a small budget, an empty site and the job of renovating, hiring and preparing to serve food to the public and ALL in just 6 short weeks. This years contestants came from Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. John and Justine Hall of Adelaide won their restaurant after a hard fought trial.

We had liked John (above) and Justine from the start, and were very happy to get to spend our 5th wedding anniversary dining at their restaurant. The food was exceptional and the experience well worth the trip.

Chef/owner John was just as kind and congenial in person, as he’d shown himself to be on TV. He graciously stepped out of his very busy kitchen, not once but twice, so we could have a photo op with him.

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Hahndorf is a historical village built with a great deal of German influence.

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This picture shows one of the "Australiana" themed shops with life sized animals out front.



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Available in the street lined with shops, are German smoked meats, sausages of all kinds, and restaurants, cafes and pubs. Here, is Ken sampling the local coffee outside one of the German style pubs.

Adelaide to Canberra Section.

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After we left Adelaide, we spent a night in Robinvale on our way to the inland city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.

In contrast to the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, there wasn't much in the way of scenery to see between Adelaide and Wagga Wagga.

For quite a few miles the scenery didn't change much at all!


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The town of Robinvale, is on the Victorian side of the Murray River that forms the border between Victoria and New South Australia. This was the motel we stayed at there.

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It was a good basic motel, inside and out.


The Robinvale station and railway lines.

I don't know about passengers but I believe that grain is carried by rail through this area.

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The Robinvale Post Office and Hotel.

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A memorial to "Villers-Bretonneux", commemorating a WWI battle, that involved Australians.


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The new bridge being built over the Murray River that is also the border between Victoria and New South Wales.

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Another of the small towns we visited was "Hay", about halfway between Adelaide and Sydney.


We arrived in Hay about 1:00 pm and we were in a bustling little town with people buzzing everywhere.

Within a very short time, it was like we were in a ghost town. The people just disappeared.

The Commercial Hotel in Hay.

More of the streetscape of Hay, showing the old style buildings.

Narrandera was another of the small towns we broke our otherwise momentous journey by stopping there.

Our journey eastwards was a little bit over half way between the cities of Aselaide and Sydney.

A colorful sign in the park at Narrandera.

The Narrandera Post Office shows more of the old style buildings that are so common throughout these small Australian towns.

During WWII they trained pilots for the Royal Australian Air Force here.

This monument was created to commemorate the training of those pilots.

Inside the monument they have a restored Tiger Moth which was the basic trainer used during WWII.

Many Tiger Moths are still flying in Australia today.

A bank in an another old style building in Narrandera, NSW.


Someone called our trip "The Sausage Tour". We saw a lot on our travels and even stopped in a few quilt shops which is only fair as Conda is into quilting. I do think giving Quilters their own road is going a little far though!

At last, the inland city of: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Wagga Wagga is one of the major inland towns in New South Wales.

I've read that its offensive to the residents to refer to Wagga Wagga as Wagga. I've got no idea and didn't think to ask a resident while we were there.

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The town hall and crest of the city of Wagga Wagga.

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The Lincoln Cottage Motor Inn where we stayed in at Wagga Wagga. Our room was down towards the rear of the facility and I thought fairly quiet.

A mix up with the change to summer, day light saving time, caused a latter start than we planned!

The family suite we had was functional and comfortable.

But it was just a room, with nothing to really attract us to come back.

A picture of the botanical gardens in Wagga Wagga.

The lake in the botanical gardens in Wagga Wagga.



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The Wagga Wagga area has strong links to the Australian Army and Air Force. This Australian Army presented this Armored Personnel Carrier to the town to celebrate the Army's 90th birthday in 1991.

Located on the Air Force base at Wagga Wagga is a museum featuring many retired aircraft.

A Mirage IIIO, a former front line fighter for the RAAF out the front of the base.

A CAC Sabre, another former RAAF front line fighter in the static display out the front of RAAF Wagga Wagga.

A CAC Winjeel. These aircraft were used as trainers and later for spotting and forward air control duties by the RAAF.

A Canberra Bomber of the Cold War/Vietnam war era, also outside RAAF Wagga Wagga.

A little different to the aircraft on display at RAAF Wagga Wagga. This steam roller was on display in a park in Wagga Wagga.

The border between New South Wales and The Australian Capital Territory. (Similar in concept to Washington D.C.)

And a warning about "Driving Behavior" from the Australian Federal Police.

The city of Canberra - A.C.T.
The Capital of Australia.

The site for Canberra, situated inside the Australian Capital Territory, was chosen to be as close to half way between Melbourne and Sydney as possible and to settle the arguments between the two cities over which should be the national capital.

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One of my favorite attractions in Canberra is the model village of Cockington Green. Set among the picturesque gardens is miniature village. One of the first models you find is a replica of the building that serves as the entrance and information area.

The main section of the display is based on an typical English village.

Through out the entire display a great deal of attention to detail is evident.

The "Crooked Cottage" is a faithful representation of a real building.

More of the detail of village life.



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In attending to the detail, the builders of the park have also exposed a wicked sense of humor, as shown here.

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The grandstand, at the soccer match has about 1000 figures displayed.

On the field the wicked sense of humor is also displayed with the police chasing a streaker!

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More of the detail as a butcher chases the dog who has taken his sausages!

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More humor with the sign warning of leaks on the sunken boat!

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A fox hunt with a horse on strike. That's not something you see everyday.

They have a scale model railway running through the village. Sadly, it wasn't running on the day we visited due to the damp rails.

The detail and care that has gone into the model village is similar the effort has gone into the gardens, and I'm not a garden person!

The National Screen and Sound Archives in Canberra. Does it mean your getting older when you remember some of what they call classics, from when it was originally aired?

Not a flying saucer, but the Australian Academy of Science. The real scary thing is: If a flying saucer did land and take over the government, would anybody notice or care?

Looking over towards the Telstra Black Mountain communications tower.

A view of Canberra from the Black Mountain Tower shown on the picture opposite.

The view towards the new Parliament House and home of the Federal Parliament.

The Canberra CBD, from the Black Mountain Tower.

Lake Burley Griffin, again from the Black Mountain Tower.

The Australian War Memorial, Canberra. An imposing building visible from much of Canberra.

Looking along Anzac Avenue towards the Old Parliament House (white building) and the New Parliament House (1988) on the hill behind. Ken remarked of significant relevance of the decisions made in these two buildings to Australian War Memorial behind where the picture was taken.

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The Australian War Memorial from The Mount Anslie lookout.

The brown roadway running through the center of the picture, in line with the old and new parliament houses is Anzac Avenue.

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Along Anzac Avenue they have many monuments to Australians and New Zealand troops who served overseas, including this one.