Between Christmas and New Years we took our first holiday in a year and a half. I guess were slightly burned by our last holiday to Murramurang Beach. Beach holidays with small kids are not the relaxing panacea that you think they’ll be. The constant vigilance required to keep your kids safe near water, crowded facilities, having to entertain kids without toys, etc. No, sir, going to the beach was not what we wanted to do this year.
We selected Canberra. Lots of people said we were mad: What could you possibly want to do in Canberra over the Christmas break? Isn’t Canberra about as interesting as watching parliamentary question time on TV? Well as it turns out, we’re watching-question-time kinda people. The drive to Canberra is very pleasant, taking about about 3 hours (unless someone has their fingers in your ears the whole way):
In Canberra we stayed in the most amazing serviced 3-bedroom apartment. Not only did we have full laundry facilities and a swimming pool, it was massively spacious, in fact bigger than our house in Sydney, and situated in Kingston which is one of Canberra’s few suburbs with nice cafes and pleasant walking areas. The girls shared a room, in fact Tess slept in a single bed for the first time and that side of things went great. Dad woke up one morning at 8am and everyone was still asleep!
Yes, she’s wearing a tiara. In a science museum. Example #623 of fights I’m not prepared to have. We also visited places of national significance like parliament and the national war memorial:
Did I mention they had a scale replica of machu picchu and stonehenge? And a miniature railway?
We were there for five days and by the end of it I still didn’t want to leave. I was sad for missing out on the Art Gallery and Portrait Gallery and Botanic Gardens and all the other things we could’ve done. We had a blast. Lots more photos over at flickr.