Days 2 & 3...Canberra w/o Luggage and Country Breakdown

Blog Post created by painedplatinum on Jul 14, 2012

The time difference from EDT in Philadelphia and the Eastern coast of Australia is 14 hrs. The Aussies are a day ahead..It's Sunday here, as I write, and Saturday in Philly.


The trip started in Philly on Thurs. 7/12 and ended in Canberra on Sat. 7/14. The long travel time from PHL to DFW to BNE (Brisbane) to SYD to CBR (Canberra) concluded with arrival at the Crowne Plaza. There are no Marriott properties in the Australia capital of Canberra.  The timing on each leg was 3 hrs from PHL to DFW...3 hr layover...19.25 hrs from DFW to BNE...same plane for 1hr to SYD.  I trained it from SYD to CBR on Country Link, sort of like Ausralia's version of Amtrak.


The news every traveler never wants to hear greeted the Qantas passengers in Sydney....You're luggage did not make the trip. It's sitting in DFW. It will be at SYD this time tomorrow and delivered to your final location.  "WHAT???" was heard from over 150 disgruntled flyers. Luckily I packed the extra clothing in my back pack, but my work clothes and supplies were in the big suitcase. There were a few ladies in tears. They landed in Sydney but were traveling to the Northern Territory. They were certain their luggage wouldn't get to them any time soon.


Australia is the 6th largest country in the world. It is broken down in 6 States and 2 mainland Territories along with 1000's of islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The six States are, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The two Territories are The NorthernTerritory and The Australian Capital Territory.


Canberra is in The Australian Capital Territory. It's a city that will celebrate it's 100 yr anniversary in 2013. The city was designed by American architect and landscape architect, Walter Burley Griffin.  Together with Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, Griffin was considered to have developed America's first original architectural style. It was known as the Prairie School, according to a PBS documentary. In 1912 Griffin won the Canberra Commission for the design of the federal capital of Australia. To this layman, it's similar to Washington DC with a lot of circular roads and roundabouts. I hope to share some of the historical buildings and locations of the city over the next 10 days.