We try to take every possible opportunity to visit our daughter Katie and her partner Mick in Canberra whenever we can, so today’s trip was to Canberra.
As we don’t plan our trip with absolute military precision, we had forgotten about the annual Floriade flower show in Canberra and the effect that it has on accommodation. Accordingly, we couldn’t stay at our usual place at Capital County Caravan Park in Sutton but were able to reserve a powered site at EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra).
The alarm went off ridiculously early to give us time to shower and breakfast and pack up and get on the road early so that we could get to EPIC as early as possible. It’s first come first serve for the best spots and being a bit larger than most vans we wanted to give ourselves the best chance of securing a good spot.
From Cowra Van Park we hit the Lachlan Valley Highway and headed to Boorowa. Road quality wasn’t great but the countryside was fantastic. Gently rolling hills with a mixture of bushland, grazing [mainly sheep] and cropping [plenty of canola]. The overall impact was spectacular.
We stopped at Boorowa for coffee and to refuel the Ute before continuing down the highway towards Yass. After Boorowa the countryside changed to be mainly grazing, but it was still quite interesting – the road quality perhaps increased marginally.
After a brief spell on the Hume Highway we eventually turned off onto the Barton Highway towards Canberra. Compared to other times we have been this way, there was very little traffic and we were able to enjoy the scenery which at this time of year is a quite spectacular patchwork of crops and occasional trees and blossom.
We arrived at EPIC at about 11.00 am and took a little while to find a serviced flat spot that didn’t have too much mud. By noon we had found a site, were fully set up and Ann was preparing lunch in the van out of the cold wind.
Later this afternoon we made our way to the Belconnen Westfield shopping centre to stock up on supplies. We found it quite strange seeing people walking around in winter clothes!!!!!
Not long after we returned to the fiver the skies opened up and we were subject to quite an impressive storm.
Katie even rang to ask where was the good weather we were supposed to bring with us! It just shows that you can’t please all the people all the time!
We’ll be in Canberra for a few days so we don’t plan to do a daily blog unless there is something worth reporting.