As promised here are some pics of our little outing to Mount Stromlo cafe for lunch. We were a bit early for lunch so went to a picnic/camping area nearby, on the river. There was a whole lot of water gushing out of a pipe into the river. It was pretty loud and spectacular and we just hoped it was meant to be gushing. :)
Tassy did a little podium dancing. I call this one "The Lorax".
We had lunch at the cafe, which was packed, but not very pretty so I didn't take any photos inside. I love the observatories from the outside... but there's really nothing for visitors to do there! You can't go into the observatories and there's no visitor's info centre.
I took this photo thru a window of an observatory. Doesn't look like it's in use.
One of the observatories was burnt out in bushfires a few years ago so that was one we COULD go inside.
It was a bit of a fizzer as a tourist destination but we had a nice little outing. If you're in Canberra and wanting to fill your astronomical desires, this place is way cool and has a great tourist centre. We've been there lots of times and I still get a thrill driving thru paddocks and coming across enormous satellite dishes.