On New Years Eve, we spent some time around the van in the morning before heading out to the shops for a few supplies. We spent a few hours getting some of the things we needed and having a bit of a drive around Canberra and we had a pretty quiet rest of the day. That night we ventured into Canberra City to watch the 9pm Fireworks. We were thrilled that we could leave our caravan after 8:30pm, drive to the city, get a park and be at the fireworks ready for the 9pm showing! We certainly couldn't have done that in Sydney! We all enjoyed watching the fireworks, and were glad we went in to see them.
|Some of the 9pm Fireworks in Canberra|
|Josh and Sam weren't too keen on the noise, but enjoyed the show|
When we got back to the caravan, we lit some sparklers to celebrate the beginning of 2013.
|Sparkler fun to celebrate the new year!|
|The kids were very keen to do KSpace again|
We stopped for lunch by the lake just near the National Museum and sat in the shade on what was quite a hot day (although the strong wind made it nice and bearable).
|Lunch by the Lake in Canberra|
After the National Gallery, we came back to the caravan park and swam in the pool for a much needed cool-down followed by dinner and an early night to make up for the late night the night before.
|Natalie and Sam enjoyed catching grasshoppers|
during our stay in Canberra
|Josh working on one of the puzzles in Questacon|
|Sam enjoying the hands on approach in Questacon|
Toward the end of the day we watched a show called 'move it', which was done very well and demonstrated many scientific principles in a really creative and interactive way. The kids sat through the 45 minute presentation and enjoyed every minute of it. By the time we left Questacon, it was 4pm and we were pretty exhausted!
|Mike and Natalie joined in the interactive show|
|Natalie, after showing how strong she was during the show|
We had decided that our last dinner on the trip would be the same as the first dinner on our trip (which was at Hogs Breath Cafe to celebrate Liz's Birthday, 15 months earlier), so when it was time for dinner, we headed down to the same Hogs Breath Cafe we had been in at the start of our trip, and had a great meal to celebrate our travels around this marvelous continent. It was a great way to finish our last full day on our trip.
|We had dinner out on our last night to celebrate a great adventure|