It is the 31 December 2013 and our last day in Canberra. It has been a wonderful relaxing couple of weeks visiting friends and family in Perth and Canberra but it is time to continue the journey.
We have spent the last two days stocking up the van, going for the occasional walk and generally taking advantage of Chuck and Ali’s hospitality. We went on a 7km walk yesterday morning through Mulligans Flat in Canberra. Mulligans Flat is one of the 30 reserves throughout suburban ACT. We came across our first ‘live’ Echidna on the walk (the only others we have come across have been roadkill). For the Kiwi’s reading the blog, an Echidna looks like a hedgehog but about four times the size – it could be a hedgehog on steroids!!
The weather continues to be wonderful. Daytime temperatures have been around the 25 to 30C and no rain at all. We hear our hometown of Whangamata has been getting a beating with the weather so we are hoping all our friends and neighbours down there have survived the downpours.
We leave here tomorrow, New Years Day, and are heading northwest back through Yass and westward to Cowra. School and work holidays are in full swing so we intend staying off the coast for at least the next two weeks. We find the inland area of Australia a great novelty and we meet some real characters in our overnight stops. Around mid January we will start making our way to Lakes Entrance on the coast.
Have a great New Years Eve everyone and take care if you are planning to have one or two. We will toast you all at midnight.