A MUST SEE in Canberra – National War Memorial and Museum, and allow plenty of time.
From the steps of the memorial, (top right photo below), it lines up with the remembrance pond and eternal flame, to in the distance, the hot air works of Parliament House. The covered walk ways either side pay homage to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in times of war and it is sobering to see all the names with poppies decorating the wall.
Inside the dome where “the unknown soldier” lays in rest, are amazing tributes to men and women of the forces, in the lead light windows and the walls which are done in mosaic tiles and is just amazing.
The Museum chronicles Australia’s history well. Displays take time to go through as well as videos to watch. While there, volunteers were available to look up relatives who served in the armed forces of WWI and WWII and obtain their records. Fascinating. We only hope no more is added to the museum because of future wars.
A visit to more markets at the Old Bus Depot and also the Glassworks next door.
Here for the weekend, we camped at EPIC where we have camped before and found the facilities all good. It is not open all year round, so wise to check their web site for dates, but it is conveniently located, close to the city and near public transport. On Saturday mornings, it is the location of the Farmers Market and we stocked up our supplies and tried delicious food.
In our navigation across the Eyre Peninsular we drove past vast areas of farming paddocks and wondered how on earth any crops grew on such desolate and rocky land. The scenery changed many times as we drove the 180.kms from Cowell, on the Lincoln Highway towards our end stop for the day at Port Augusta, so much so that at times we wondered if we were back on the Nullabor. A big change to the scenery was to see the Iron Knob mine site in the distance, some 30+.kms away.
We were glad to arrive finally at the Port Augusta Sports Club RV Park, where self-contained RV’s can park for $7 a night, have the use of a dump point and get water. It was such a hot afternoon and we were glad to have the facilities of the Sports Club to relax over a drink and have some dinner.