number 1Hello I am Michael – Gabrielle’s son.

Last week from the 10th of august to the 17th I was away on a school trip to Canberra with the rest of my yr 7 buddies. We did all sorts of things and I will tell you some of the things.

Note I don’t have pictures of every thing on the trip – sorry.

First of all we got on the coach on Saturday for an overnight express bus trip to Dubbo. I had a really bad night and I couldn’t sleep for most of the night. I only got 3 hours of sleep.

no2 Lemurs Dubbo Zoo (1)

The next day we went to Dubbo Taronga Western plains zoo.

We saw all sorts of animals from Lemurs to Rhinos, Hippos and Giraffes.

My favorite was the Giraffe because it was so curious and kind.

no3 Hippo

Then we departed Taronga Western Plains zoo for The Dish at Parkes CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization).

We watched a 3d movie about Mars and its moons. I took an awesome photo of The Dish (see below) and we had a lot of fun with the activities.

Then after a long drive, we finally got to Canberra and the accommodation – Bush Capital Lodge O’Connor. We had dinner and went to bed.

no4 The Dish

The next day we then visited the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and also the Royal Australian Mint (RAM) and a hands on science exhibition called Questacon.

A couple of days later we went to new Parliament House. We saw the House of Representatives and the Senate.

We also went to the War Memorial and saw a lot of planes, including the P40 Warhawk, the Mosquito, A6m Zero, P51, and the Super-Marine Spitfire. That was only some of the aircraft. There were also tanks, AA guns, cars and more.

no8 p40 Warhawk war memorial (800x579)

no6 mosquito war memorial

no7 war memorial

                                                                                  I was  truly amazed when I saw this car (above)

no5 telstra tower Canberra (800x592)

After we visited the War Memorial we then went to see the Telstra Tower. We were about 800m up above sea level, but that was nothing compared to the next day!

no9 Jindabyne

The next day we went from Canberra to Jindabyne to collect snow gear for a day trip to Smiggin Holes (about 2km above sea level). We were off for a fun time in the snow.

It was so amazing for me because it was my first snow I have seen in my life. After that we had a hot chocolate. We then went back to the accommodation for an early night.

The next day we left the accommodation  for Sydney. We saw loads of cool and weird things, including the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and Manly.

Afterwards, we departed Manly for an overnight express bus trip back to Bundaberg.

The next day at about 11:30am we arrived back at school and unloaded the coaches.

Mum and dad were so happy to see me and they were so proud.

I really enjoyed my trip to Canberra but I was really glad to get home to my own bed.

no10 bye bye                                                                                                                  Goodbye