Distances to Canberra:
Distances to Canberra:
Sydney 327 km by rail, 30 minutes by air, 306 km by road
Melbourne 842 km by rail, 50 minutes by air, 655 km by road
Brisbane 1313 km by rail, 100 minutes by air, 1316 km by road
Adelaide, 1619 km by rail, 100 minutes by air, 1212 km by road
Hobart, 120 minutes by air
Perth, 4228 km by rail, 5hrs by air, 3952 km by road
Darwin, 5hrs by air, 3461 km by road via Sydney
The Parliamentary Triangle
Walter Burley Griffin originated this term, which refers to the area between Parliament House and the lake, flanked by Commonwealth Avenue on the west and Kings Avenue to the east. As a visitor, it is important that you should understand that the buildings here are entirely of national significance - they are here for the nation and in general have no more relevance to the daily life of a typical Canberran than they do for someone from elsewhere. Although there are some office blocks (eg Treasury Department), most are more 'visitor oriented'. But if you see just this area you have not 'seen Canberra'. The area remains under the control of the Commonwealth Government's National Capital Authority, rather than of the ACT Government.
Most newer buildings here were the winners of architectural design contests. I suspect that says much about modern architecture! I am not an architect, so the following descriptions are simply my 'take' on the styles. The pre-war buildings such as Old Parliament House have art-deco style, the 1950s office blocks reflect the 'Stalinist' style of that period, the National Library from the 1960s is retro-classical. Things go downhill with the High Court and National Gallery of the 1980s, which can best be described as 'concrete brutalism'. But however ugly you may find the exteriors of some buildings, the interiors usually are more interesting and are worth visiting.
Hey fellow Aussies, come and look around and feel a bit proud of what's in this area. Rembember that this isn't here just for Canberra and its residents, this (and the War Memorial) is yours: the national bit of the National Capital. Then move a bit wider and see the rest of it. Main photo: Parliamentary Triangle from above, with labels - National Library (A); Office Blocks (B1,B2); New Parliament House (C); Old Parliament House (D); 'Questacon' (E).
Second photo: Treasury Office building in 1950s 'Stalinist' style
Third : map of the area, showing position where main photo was taken and direction.
If you are into racing or enjoy having a lot of fun then check out the Superkarts go karting track in Hume! It is a lot of fun!!! :) We had a bunch of guys and girls and everyone had a fantastic time...
They allow about 10 go karts out on the track at once so you can have a great time with a group of friends. It is an indoor/outdoor track and it's fairly big.
For more information check out their web site: Superkarts.
Address: 46 Sheppard St, HUME ACT 2620
Phone: 02 6260 2511
Nara Park - Lennox Gardens
The Canberra-Nara Park opened in 1999. The Park is a symbol of friendship between the sister cities of Canberra, built as the national capital of Australia in the 20th century, and Nara, the capital of Japan in the early 8th century.
Set on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the park features traditional timber structures, stone lanterns and other features of a Japanese garden including a dry stream bed.
It is the wish of many people in Canberra that this restful place be formally known as Canberra-Nara Peace Park.
However, this has not yet occurred because of perceived sensitivities lingering from World War II.
We believe that the wishes of the people are reflected when the park is used as a destination for peace cranes sent from around the world.
The first installation of cranes at this park took place in 2004, through the cooperation of the ACT Government and the Canberra-Nara Sister City Committee. September 26 2009 – The 2008 Canberra Nara Candle Festival saw an incredible 10,000 people attend and join in the cultural celebrations in Canberra's Nara Park.
Pictured here is one of the three Kasuga stone lanterns presented in 1997.
The whole thing is but a part of Lennox Gardens.
Lennox Gardens lies on the south side of Lake Burley Griffin, close to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and Albert Hall in the suburb of Yarralumla. Before the construction of Lake Burley Griffin a road ran through the present garden, this road being one of two main crossing points across the Molonglo River. The name of the road was Lennox Crossing from which the present garden takes its name. The northern segment of the road is still present on Acton peninsula. The garden was officially named in 1963. Lennox Crossing was named after David Lennox, an early bridge builder in NSW and Victoria.
The park in its current condition was established with the filling of Lake Burley Griffin in the 1960s; however the park's history is much older, as it was part of the original Royal Canberra Golf course which is now underneath the lake. The part of the golf course which had not been flooded was named Lennox Gardens.
It has a number of memorials and monuments such as Kasuga stones presented to Canberra by Japan in April 1997, a monument to Australians in the Spanish civil war, and a stone monument commemorating the centenary of Federation and the Jewish National fund. It has a Wisteria pergola sponsored by Totalcare industries in celebration of the Nara sister city relationship.
Located within the park is the Canberra Nara park, a park which symbolises the friendship between Canberra and the sister city of Nara, Japan
The day we were in Canberra (Feb 2005), we were lucky to catch the start of a 10 day multicultural festival, held in one of the main squares of the city.
There was free entertainment by travelling acts and members of the region's multicultural community, a street parade featuring representatives from what must have been all of Canberra's different nationalities (quite a lot more than I would have dreamed!) and a huge area devoted to multicultural tents and caravans selling international food of just about all types and descriptions.
The atmosphere was great, and the food very reasonably priced and varied.