On December 16th, we were on the road to the Great Alpine Road.
The Great Alpine Road is a country tourist road in Victoria state, running from Wangaratta in the north to Bairnsdale in the east, and passing through the Victorian Alps (we drove from Bairnsdale to Wangaratta). The road was given its current name as being the mountain equivalent to Victoria’s world famous Great Ocean Road in the south-west of the state.
This road, which has a 303 kilometres length, is Australia’s highest year-round accessible sealed road. You can see beautiful landscapes, but unfortunately you are not able to stop wherever you want so the ‘souvenirs pictures’ are quite limited.
The Great Alpine Road links Victoria’s North East with Gippsland. It was completed with the sealing of the section between Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain and was officially opened on 4 April 1998. The road itself has existed since colonial times in some form, but was unsealed for much of its history, and was only given the Great Alpine Road designation after being fully sealed.
While you drive, you pass by the Mount Buffalo National Park, popular tourist town Bright, the Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain alpine resorts and the historic gold rush township of Omeo.
After that, we decided to go to Canberra (a total of 9 hours of driving for the day!). We spent the night in a creepy and expensive campsite.
The next day, we went to Canberra for a quick visit which, for those who might still think it is Sydney, is the capital of Australia.
The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities. The word ‘Canberra’ means ‘meeting place’ in the old Ngunnawal language, one of several Indigenous local languages.
Canberra is home to many national monuments and institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum, the Australian War Memorial, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library, the National Archives, the Australian Academy of Science, the National Film and Sound Archive.
We only visited the Parliament, the visit was free. This Parliament was opened in 1988. Since then, the former one was named the ‘Old Parliament House’. The new Parliament cost more than 1.1 billion $ to build.
Anyway, we did not stay too long in Canberra because let’s be honest, it is a pretty dead town and there is a strange atmosphere. We did not really like it but at least we went there.