Canberra Things to Do

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  • 1. Australian War Memorial

    5 out of 5 stars

    The Hall of Valour, symbolically positioned directly underneath the resting place of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial, “honours the deeds of ordinary Australians under the...

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  • 2. New Parliament House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    There are not many statues of Queen Elizabeth II around the world. If Wikipedia is to be believed - nine, and two of these are in Australia. One is in Brisbane and is rather unique in that it is the...

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  • 3. Black Mountain - Telstra Tower

    Black Mountain is probably the most visited (over 430,000 visitors per annum) of the three main lookouts in Canberra. The other two are Mount Ainslie and Red Hill lookouts. Given vegetation around the...

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  • 4. Cockington Green

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 5. National Museum of Australia

    Surprisingly, Australia has a National Museum with a modern and contemporary architecture. Not only the outside look modern, the displays are interactive and interesting. The staffs are very friendly,...

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  • 6. Embassy Tour

    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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  • 7. Old Parliament House - MOADOPH

    Unfortunately this magnificent attraction in under-going something of an identity crisis and for whatever reason seems to be trying to re-badge itself as the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old...

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  • 8. ANZAC Parade

    This memorial, a crescent-shaped wall and five pillars derived from the symbol and star on the Turkish flag was dedicated on 25 April 1985 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing....

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  • 9. Lake Burley Griffin

    The title of this tip may be a bit misleading – I actually mean, and will review, a walk around the central basin – a circular walk of 5kms crossing the lake via Commonwealth and King’s bridges...

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  • 10. Tourist Drives

    This review is the first in a series, covering eight self-drives in Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory generally. If you have not read my introduction to the series - Canberra Tracks please...

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  • 11. Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve

    This lookout on the top (approximately 840m above sea level) of Mount Ainslie is the best place for a stunning view of Canberra. Great at dawn or dusk but good any time of day. It affords an excellent...

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  • 12. Festival - Floriade

    I am sad to open this review by saying that I was rather disappointed with Floriade 2014. Billed as Australia’s biggest celebration of spring, Floriade is an annual flower display which has now run...

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  • 13. Royal Australian Mint

    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. Australian National Botanic Gardens

    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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  • 15. National Gallery of Australia

    (See separate review for the National Gallery of Australia itself) For me art has got to look good and or say something to me - preferably both. Given this criteria I am generally not seen as an...

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  • 16. Captain Cook Memorial - Fountain and Globe

    Not a must see in its own right but an interesting sculpture while you are in the area. You can find it on the lakeshore at Regatta Point below the National Capital Exhibition at the closest land...

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  • 17. Walks

    At 890m, Mt Majura is the highest peak in suburban Canberra. It is thought that it was named by Robert Campbell, an early European settler, after a place he had visited in India. It is a popular walk...

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  • 18. Australian Institute of Sport

    This is an Australian Government run (via the Australian Sports Commission) sports training facility providing skilled coaches, world class facilities and sports science /medicine services for the...

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  • 19. Beijing Garden

    In part one of my review on the Canberra Beijing Garden I covered the (very short!) history of the garden, its beautiful entrance gate and the Crane Observation Pavilion. This part of the review looks...

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  • 20. Garema Place - City Centre - Civic

    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 pedestrian area just waiting for us....I...

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  • 21. Questacon

    The interactive science centre is an amazing place for kids and adults.The interesting models and the whole ensemble is a good way to spend a day.Their closing hours are 5 p.m. and so make sure you go...

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  • 22. Red Hill Nature Reserve

    Red Hill ridge separates the central Canberra valley from the Woden Valley to the south and affords excellent views of both Canberra and Woden (the city's first 'new town'). Most likely named after...

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  • 23. Cycling

    Of the three lake rides referred to in my ‘Cycle around Lake Burley Griffin – General’ review (which I recommend you read before this review as it provides some general details on cycling in the...

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  • 24. St John the Baptist Anglican Church

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

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  • 25. Festival - Balloon Spectacular

    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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