^rad^'s adventures driving across the great dividing range
Day 4 - Tuesday October 18th, 2005
Departure from Bright at 0730
Today is the exciting drive, across Australias highest mountains, a 1 lane road for about 300km (not 1 lane in each direction, 1 lane total, if something comes the other way you just hope for the best).
The drive is very picturesque, there are nice little towns, unpainted cows, rivers and lots of little mountains.
The Corryong Pirate Ship! note cannons, masts, it has it all
Just out of Corryong and over the border to New South Wales and the reason for driving this way is spotted, Snow!
The drive up the mountains is awesome, lots of rain forest, areas burnt by fire, and no cars coming the other way. There are a few motorbikes travelling the same way as me, returing from the Moto GP which was on at the weekend in Melbourne.
Typical view from the mountain plain, the trees are quite short and have been burnt numerous times
The snowy river - originally a stream I think most of this is man made
One of the many dams along the path
Australias Highest town - Cabramurra, this was the service centre for the building of the dams etc. A lot of people once lived here but now hardly anyone does. There are largely deserted rows of sheds where people used to live, they are however blessed with great infrastructure, a school, swimming pools, tennis courts etc. to share amongst the 10 people that still live here.
To go with Australias highest town is Australias highest petrol station, I guess the roof is like that to allow the snow to slide off.
Transformers - more than meets the eye
The road down from the top is equally as interesting, but with a lot less trees, I suspect they have been cut down as this is where the main ski fields are for Sydney people, Mount Selwyn.
Day 5 - Wednesday October 19th, 2005
Departure from Canberra at 0730
Today the drive takes us to the Southern Highlands, the place where people from Sydney with too much money live some of the time. Its not too far from Canberra and is made up of a few cities, Mittagon, Bowral, Moss Vale.
The cricket ground which adjoins the Bradman Museum, they play charity games here featuring famous ex players, coupled with the admission fee to the museum this should outweight the GDP of many industrialized countries.
Lunch is equally a rip off! A pizza restuarant that focuses on the quality of the ingredients, far more than quality of whats served, flavour or presentation. The pizza is bad, but I am sure most people think its great when they see the price.
Day 6 - Thursday October 20th, 2005
Departure from Bowral at 0730
A small town in the southern highlands is Berrimah, which features a training jail! Apparently there are real prisoners in it but the prison guards/drug dealers are trainees. I wonder what qualifications as a prisoner you need to get transferred to the training jail?
The drive back to Canberra is planned to go on back roads as much as possible, and to my surprise we drive right past the largest rubbish dump in Australia, owned by who I work for, I had no idea it was on the back road I chose.
The outside of parliament house - despite being fairly new it looks badly dated
The Senate - where politicians too offensive to be voted in directly sit and overturn the decisions of the people that come up with the ideas
The House of Representatives - where the people that win seats based on their personality and ability to not offend anyone sit
View from the roof of parliament house, yes it really has grass on the roof, perhaps they should allow sheep up their to graze. Canberra is a new city built around the government, so its all properly designed, from the top of parliament you look towards the tomb of the unknown soldier - which is the new global trend in war rememberance tourism.
Dinner tonight is at Montezumas - a mexican style franchise which started in Adelaide, I have never been so I try it in Canberra.