Road Trippin – Day 17 – Homeward Bound – Canberra to Newcastle NSW

Canberra is the capital of the best country on the planet, Australia. It is where the politicians meet to govern and the city is where you find every government department and museum you can think of. It reminds a lot of America’s ‘Washington Mall’.

On my way out of Canberra I took a couple of photos at the Parliament House which was just around the corner, and having recently visited Canberra in October 2017 I didn’t want to do any site seeing.

The morning of the ride the weather was probably the worst I’ve experienced on this trip with heavy rain and strong winds which made visibility poor so much so that I could barely see through the helmet visor and then through the windshield on the motorcycle.

I made it!! Once I got out of the rain the ride improved and I carried on my way to the Best Western Blackbutt Inn just outside of Newcastle. My stay here was comfortable, but it’s not in the city area so if you’re here for a night then it’s probably best to stay where the action is.

On the way to Newcastle NSW I stopped at the Big Sheep and the Australian Reptile Park which are both great stops if you’re with family. The reptile park has crocodiles aplenty and other reptiles native to Australia. Entry was expensive and so was everything else!!

And just like that I was at the Best Western Blackbutt Hotel where I spent the night after a decent chicken and ham Wellington from their $15 menu.

I got my laundry done at a BP service station laundromat about 3kms away and then returned to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Tomorrow I head to Coffs Harbour!! Catch ya then…

Derek Halstead is a SharePoint consultant as well as the founder and principal of and He has 16 years of experience in the IT industry, with over ten years focused on Microsoft SharePoint. He can be reached by using the Contact Me link in the top menu.
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