Our first stop was Canberra where we checked out the National Gallery and the "Masterpieces from Paris" exhibition. It was amazing to see original works from Van Gogh, Gauguin and Monet and to know that in the next 12 months we could get the opportunity to see them again in their normal home in Paris.
We spent a day with good friends, fitted in some Ten Pin bowling and headed off over the roof of Australia.
As we went through the Kosciosko National Park in the NSW Snowy Mountains we managed to have lunch with some Kangaroos and on a day that had seen temperatures in the low 30's, we hit a storm and saw the temperature drop to 17 degrees celsius.
As we headed further along the Murray River, that afternoon the temperatures at Echuca were back in the 30's and we had a swim before exploring what is a terrific Australian town.