04.11.2016 - 04.11.2016 25 °C
Fantastic night last night with Sally Anne, Heath, Anne and Jonny. Good food and company sent the night spiralling away. Our good byes said we stepped into our hotel. The Kurrajong hotel is just up from Heaths workplace and a 10 minute walk from parliament. It has courted many a politician over the years and retains an air of grace about it. Ben Chiffley lived here and he walked to parliament from here. He also died at the hotel.
The whole of Canberra seems to be green with beautiful gardens, trees and landscape that winds through the suburbs.
Old parliament house is awesome in my opinion as the feeling of grandeur as well as beautiful woodwork envelopes you as you walk around. Wandering through the hallways and ducking in and out offices, meeting rooms and chambers leaves you imagining the rough and tumble that would have gone on. The Senate and House of Representatives chambers were rich and inviting with a feeling of power about the rooms. Maybe thats me being whimsical.
The new parliament house is grand and quite spectacular with wood, marble, glass and stainless with portraits of Prime Ministers hanging majestically on the walls. The roof is amazing as you step out of the lift onto a grass court overlooking the forecourt. The view is 360 degrees and provides a good view across Canberra.
We went in and out of the Senate chamber and the House of representatives and could imagine our current crop of politicians squabbling below us (or did I mean arguing for a better Australia)
The gardens of old parliament house are spectacular thanks to Tammy Fraser who in 2002 launched a fund to reinvigorate them.
We then walked around the area and visited the National portrait gallery which was very interesting.
Canberra is quite easy to get around from driving in the morning to Mount Ainsley then around the lake and suburbs to putting the car away and walking in the afternoon.
Dinner at the Kurrajong hotel was excellent and a nice way to finish a busy but enjoyable day.