National Parks/Reserves/Countryside, Canberra
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.
Fondest memory: 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
Visit the Mountains, Parks Gardens, Museums and Parliment House.
Also Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve which is a short and scenic drive south of Canberra. Here kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and emus run wild.
Fondest memory: The lakes, water features and fountains, the mountains, and wildlife.
See the parks, both internal to, and outside of Canberra! Tidbinbilla Nature reserve, among others, have beautiful nature and excellent hiking trails. Also, just drive around Canberra and walk the various parks.
One word of warning: Canberra recently had a particularly nasty bushfire that nearly wiped out entire outer suburbs. Many of the parks, including Tidbinbilla, were badly scarred. If you plan a trip, leave it for 6 months or so (until July 2003 onwards) to give it time to regenerate.
Favorite thing: This is the closest that I got to the Australian 'outback' -- just a few miles from Canberra itself. What was so amazing was the freshness of the air!
Favorite thing: In and around Canberra you find some georegeous green hills indicating a good rain season,speaking of rain,the weather wasnt behaving so much during my trip.