11.08.2010 - 13.08.2010 16 °C
So the three days from Sydney to Melbourne were awesome. Taking us further than the direct 2000km, we experienced Canberra, Jindabyne and Wilsons Promontory.
First thing on Wednesday morning we met at the Oz Experience office ready to set off. Within a couple of hours we had reached the Australian Capitol Territory (ACT) border and the capitol city itself. Here we were able to have a tour around the new Parliament House checking out its political past and its ways. Turns out the place was dead what with everyone out campaigning about themselves. Looking at the Hall of Fame, there were a few interesting stories to tell. For instance, one of the previous PMs went out surfing one day (on a day he was told was a bit dangerous so should leave it) and never returned - got caught in a rip or something. I imagine that was embarressing for security to report back when it never reappeared.
By the evening we had re-entered New South Wales and arrived at our hostel in Jindabyne, a small ski town before you hit the Snowy Mountains. The next day's activity..snowboarding. Well, learning at least! A great opportunity and great fun. Never thought that'd be on my list of things to be doing in Australia. After lunch we were back on the road heading towards Melbourne once again.
That evening we were staying in the middle of nowhere in a town called Lakes Entrance (seriously). A mere stopover, we arrived in the dark and left in the dark so we never saw any lake or any entrance to it. Arriving at Wilsons Promontory at lunch, the area which is the most southerly on mainland Oz. One road in, one road out. Stopping to take a stroll through the area, we got to see a huge amount of wild emus and kangaroos. Back on to the extremely windy, cliff-edge road (at great speed) and we made it to Melbourne at tea time.