Australia, July 2015 Absolutely capital
I slept like a log for 4 hours or so. Woke up at 3.50pm to an empty house and a note saying "Gone to fetch the girls, back soon". The headache has gone but I'm freezing cold. Yes, me. I sit in one of the living rooms near a tiny heater and obsess over whether the Avios and points from my outbound flights are ever going to hit.
Kevin arrives back with Alex and Harry and the madness begins. Instantly they start colouring stuff in, then I am subjected to an impromptu trivia quiz posed by Alex. The first question is "what's the world's smallest mountain?" and none of us know - turns out there's no globally recognised definition of 'mountain' but the answer seems to be Mount Wycheproof right here in Australia.
Shamefully, I forget Alex's middle name. Oops. She tells me how many goals she scored at football all day, varying between 1 and 100. Then it's packing time because 4 of us are heading to mountains tomorrow and need to get our stuff ready. Then it's time for Harry to practice photography with my phone.
The drive is supremely nondescript after the rainbows which presage our departure, and the bacon stop. Takes a while, and a lot of tunnels, to escape Sydney and then it's just a boring freeway through crap scenery with occasional glimpses of trees that are less boring than the other trees. With an hour to go we pass a town featuring the largest concrete sheep in the world and as I read up on it, I discover the wikipedia page called "Australia's big things".
Half an hour later we reach Lake George. Kevin has been talking this up the whole way; it is a lake without water. i.e., it is just a shitload of flat land. I am singularly unimpressed. More impressive is Harry's ability to count to 108, only jumping forward to 100 about 15 times before its actual turn.
Canberra arrives and is boring and shit. A planned city, Australia's Milton Keynes, the route to the hotel is to carry on straight, go round a roundabout, park. It's a relief to be able to answer "are we in Canberra yet?" with yes, though we've been doing that for 20 minutes anyway.
In and out, off to Questacon. This is Canberra/Australia's equivalent of Manchester's MOSI or the Science Museum in London, except a bit worse. The ticket vendor tells us he has beard envy, then we grab some food, before plying our ways through rooms 1-8. There are audio exhibits and visual/optical illusions and they are fun. Then there are more hardcore science rooms like ones about earth and water and they are a bit meh.