Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Canberra Road Trip Part 1

This weekend Katie, Sylvie and I took a road trip to Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The main purpose of the trip was to visit the Belgian Embassy for Sylvie to renew her passport, but we thought it would be fun to make a weekend of it and drive along the coast to see what's between here and there. 

We left Friday evening and drove three hours down to our first Airbnb rental, which we struggled to find in the dark. You see, there's actually legitimately nothing between Melbourne and Canberra, save for a few really small towns. I couldn't even tell you the name of the town we stayed in on Friday. But being in the middle of nowhere paid off because while we drove around trying to find our place we encountered tons of kangaroos and even a wombat! I was super excited to see the wombat since I hadn't seen one in the wild yet. It was way bigger then I expected and also moved a bit faster than I thought it could, hence my lack of a picture. 

Anyway, we finally drove by what can only be described as three trailer homes with a campfire in between them and some people sitting around the fire. I didn't totally grasp the meaning of "bogan" until this moment. I kind of wanted to join them. Luckily the people were really nice and directed us to our house. We basically just went to bed on Friday night and when we woke up early Saturday to hit the road, we finally got a glimpse of the cute little place:
There was even a swing! 
Another wildlife sighting...a kookaburra! 

The drive down the coast reminded me quite a bit of the Great Ocean Road, with lush forests and awesome beach views. We diverted to a small town to check out the coastline and stumbled upon tons of kangaroos feeding in a park. We were able to get pretty close to them and got some cute pictures:
They all just stood there and looked at us before finally hopping away once we got close enough. Kangaroos will never get old. 
Katie taking a selfie :)
Extremely massive kangaroo that I'm glad didn't take issue with us being there.

There was a nice scenic overlook in the park with great views: 
I insisted on bringing the selfie stick and I'm so glad I did. 
We walked down to the beach to look around and caught the beginning of a really pretty sunset. 
And that's all for today! I'll continue with our Sunday adventures tomorrow.


  1. Such a cool adventure!! Love that it is winter there!

    1. I love that it's winter and there's no snow :)

  2. I love seeing kangaroos in the wild except when they run in front of my car in the dark and just stop and stare back at me.

    1. Oh I know. They're kind of like deer. But potentially less intelligent if that's even possible.

  3. I don't think I will ever get use to seeing kangaroos in the wild!

  4. It’s always cool to see native Australian animals running in the wild, because you’d often see them caged in zoos. Seeing kangaroos and other wild animals up-close feels like you are one with nature, and it is truly a wonderful experience. I can also see that you are quite a professional in using the selfie stick, you take such spectacular photos!

    Andrea Wilkins @ Getaway Outdoors

    1. Thank you! I am just a little bit obsessed with my selfie stick :)



Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!



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