It had been 8 years since my first trip in Canberra, and thanks to Linux.conf.au 2013, I got to go back.
This time, I was able to score a much nicer flight in 1st class, which definitely made the long flight more bearable:
Straight off the plane in sydney, I actually took a bus to Canberra, which with 3H door to door, was simpler and just as fast, if not faster, than a plane while being faster. I dropped my stuff at the Uni accomodations and took my skateboard to Questacon to visit a few hours before they closed on that sunday afternoon:
They had a really good robot playing air hockey:
Next, I just quickly stopped by the Parliament for a later visit, and went by a few ambassies:
Tuesday, I had a day off from the conference, so I went to revisit the National Museum of Australia, which quite frankly I had somewhat forgotten about:
Rabbits spread out... like rabbits
Next, I went to see the sculpture garden and the National Gallery of Australia
From there, I went to the Old Parliament House:
seeing the old equipment used up to 40 years ago was fun :)
After the old house, which is now a museum, I went to the current/new parliament:
it has a nice view on the old one and the war museum all the way down
Kangaroo and Emu, nice emblem
And that was it for Canberra. There was a little more to see, like the war museum, but I had seen it years ago, and didn't have the time to go back with the conference schedule.
Right after the conference was over, I went back to Sydney with Linus and Dirk for a flight to Lord Howe Island.