The arboretum has 94 forest, most of which are very new, but the Cork plantation is 100 years old. It as set up by Walter Burley Griffin when the city was built. I've known about it but not seen it before so was fascinated to see it. They got specialists out from Portugal to harvest the cork.
And that's the end this trip, will see you next around Christmas time I guess.
One afternoon we went for a walk around the botanic gardens which has a great display of native plants but I didn't take any photos. On another we visited the National Arboretum. I haven't been here before .. it's quite new, officially opened in February 2013.
I love Royal Hotel hunting, not because they are much in themselves but it is such a great excuse to go to little places that are off the track. I can't imagine any other reason for visiting the small town of Dalton.
We're rolling into Wee Jasper I like visiting here because of the lovely countryside and it has such an evocative name, but there's not much here, a closed General Store, a school and a church just about does it.
It's been a while but I am back again. In mid October we spent a week in Canberra and headed out of town on a day trip in search of Royals Hotels. It's pretty country, especially with the exotic trees sprouting soft new spring growth.
Isn't this magical! Down below in the creek bed there are tumble down organ pipes and markings on the creek bed where other pipes have been worn down by glaciers or something. I didn't know this place existed and am enchanted by it.
It's nearly spring and some of the wildflowers are doing their thing. We were not towing the van so I could ask the driver to stop to let me take closer look. I was surprised to find the fields of white flowers were paper daisies.