Canberra day 4 (last day)

Monday 8th, 5:40pm

It’s leaving day and since it was also a late start, we had to rush to pack up and check out at 11am.

We said goodbye to everyone yesterday, so it was just me and Hope today. I decided to go back to Terra Canberra for breakfast in civic via the light rail. We missed the breakfast cut off again. That was disappointing. Though lunch was pretty yummy.

We then took a cab to the National Zoo and Aquarium for our last stop of the Canberra trip. We only had two and a half hours, but we got to do a meet and greet with a Boa constrictor. Though I didn’t want to fight past all the kids to go have a pat. I should’ve taken a photo though!

I did have a quick look around at all the aquarium fish nearby and saw Nemo! Though my favourite fish was the one who kept following me whenever I moved around the tank and move right up to come and say hello. Yeah, girl, I see you!


We saw a tiger talk, but the two tigers were a bit far away unfortunately. We did learn a lot, like the fact that there are currently only around 500 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild. This poor beautiful creature is going extinct if we don’t do something to help. For example, looking out for using sustainable products and avoiding palm oil products where possible. For information, visit the National Zoo and Aquarium’s website.

Unfortunately, there were no elephants at this Zoo (I know! Ridiculous!) but I did get see a giraffe up close and he/she was beautiful. I’ve been called a giraffe a few times in my life for my long eyelashes, so I guess you could say I have a special place in my heart for these creatures.


I also got to see an emu up close, just strutted past me he did! And took a photo with a wallaby. We saw the beautiful tree kangaroos and lemurs. Even spotted a peacock just perched on a fence.

Finally, we saw the penguin feed! These little Australian penguins are so cute. You should’ve seen them gobble up all that fish.

And then of course we stopped at the gift shop before catching a taxi to pick up our bags from the hotel and head to the airport.

Right now, I’m sitting in the virgin lounge – little consolation for forgetting our bags and my wheelchair on Friday night. Thank you, Virgin Australia. Right now, we’re just having something to eat and drink while we wait to board our flight. I’m feeling really tired. It’s been a really fun trip, but I think I’m about ready to go home.

Might even fall asleep on the plane.

Claudia Forsberg is a Melbourne based writer and journalist. She is currently working as a Regional Trainee with ABC Ballarat.


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