Canberra Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Canberra

  • 1. Australian War Memorial

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION – March 2014 This a summary and introductory review on the Australian War Memorial. On it you will find links to more detailed reviews on aspects of the memorial that I find...

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  • 2. New Parliament House

    Once you have had a look around outside Parliament House (and I recommend you do that before going inside) go inside noting that you must go through airport style security so please, dear readers, no...

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  • 3. The Telstra Tower / Black Mountain

    Probably the most visited (over 430,000 visitors per annum) of the three main “peaks” in Canberra. The other two being Mount Ainslie and Red Hill Lookouts. It is the only one of the three that...

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  • 4. Parks /Gardens / Lakes

    Allow yourself about two hours (more if you want to sample the café in the gardens which I thoroughly recommend you do – see separate tip - Floresco in the Gardens) to see these delightful and varied...

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  • 5. Galleries / Museums

    This review relates to a visual show across a number of venues. To give the reader a better insight I have decided to split the review into two parts – purely to let you see more images. Click here to...

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  • 6. Cockington Green

    I have to admit being a little skeptical about this one. I didn’t actually visit it till I was over ten years in Canberra. Why was I skeptical? Well, I expected it to be a poorly maintained, worn out,...

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  • 7. Outdoor Adventure

    There are two ways to enjoy hot air balloons in Canberra – one take a ride in one and two stand or sit and watch them. Every year in March/April Canberra hosts a balloon spectacular (formally...

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  • 8. Old Parliament House

    The Museum of Australian Democracy is located in the venerable old or provisional Parliament House, which housed our rowdy government for over 50 years. The building was designed by John Smith...

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  • 9. Science and Technology

    This you may feel to be peculiar tip if you are expecting me to tell you about telescopes and all things astronomical. Indeed, if I had written this tip pre-18 January 2003 that is precisely what I...

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  • 10. Embassies

    Embassy of Poland is located in 7 Turrana Street. The area where embassies have their buildings is called Yarralumla. It is closed to the Parliament. If you are lucky you may see kangaroos in the...

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  • 11. Heritage Sites

    I first came across this about six months ago (mid 2012) and despite examining it closely I had no idea what it was. All I could tell from it was that three people including King (that was his first...

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  • 12. National Parks/Reserves/Countryside

    Leaving aside a stroll around Lake Burley Griffin, the Mt Ainslie Summit walk (sometimes referred to as the Kokoda Track after the famous WWII Kokoda Trail in neighbouring Papua New Guinea) is the...

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  • 13. Government Buildings

    I didn’t come up with the title of this tip – The Royal Australian Mint beat me too it. The Royal Australian Mint produces all of Australia’s coins (Australia’s notes are made in Melbourne). In...

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  • 14. Churches/Temples

    See my separate (related) tips for: Church of St John the Baptist – Reid includes history Church of St John the Baptist – Interior St John’s Schoolhouse – Canberra’s first school I have to admit to...

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  • 15. Canberra Suburbs

    "WHERE THE GG LIVES!"................ THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL "gg" Stands for Govenor General. The house is set in 54 hectares of parkland in the suburb of Yarralumla, which...

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  • 16. Libraries/Archives

    See my separate and main tip on the National Archives. The National Archives is custodian of all significant government/public service documents in Australia. No documents are of more significance...

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  • 17. Theatre/Arts

    The new Canberra Glassworks is worth a visit. It was open on the 26th of May 2007. The Canberra Glassworks occupied the old Kingston Powerhouse. In the new Canberra Glassworks, the visitors are able...

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  • 18. National Zoo & Aquarium

    We went for a 'Meet a Cheetah' session at the zoo. It was an unforgettable experience. There were 3 cheetahs in the enclosure and each session lasts for 15 mins, and only 2 people are allowed at a...

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  • 19. Resting Places V C

    Rest Stops For Travellers along the Hume and Barton Highways.These VC rest areas are dedicated to the memories of our gallant soldiers and plaques tell the...

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  • 20. Visit the Botanical Gardens....with wabat

    Well you may not be as fortunate as us but we know VT member wabat and as he was not away tripping around the globe we were lucky enough to enjoy breakfast and...

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  • 21. New Acton Arts Precinct

    I am not a big fan of new “Precincts” preferring the old and distinguished – or as friends tell me the decaying and dead. I like a place with soul and...

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  • 22. Magna Carta Place and Monument

    To mark the centenary of federation and a celebration of the close historical and cultural links which exist between Australia and the United Kingdom a proposal...

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  • 23. Hellenic Club in Woden

    This is the larger of the two Hellenic Clubs in Canberra, ACT, Australia.It is a well appointed spacious club with a small dance floor tucked around the corner...

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  • 24. Canberra CBD

    You are reading about Canberra, the capital of Australia.We stayed in the Crowne Plaza Hotel and walked out of our door and there was the City Walk....a paved...

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  • 25. To discover Canberra.

    Canberra in The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is the place where the politicians go to do their 'parliamentary thing' My memory tells me that both Sydney...

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