Australian Capital Territory Things to Do

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Australian Capital Territory Things to Do

  • Australian War Memorial

    5 out of 5 stars

    Canberra Things to Do

    STOP PRESS The Lions are currently being displayed in Canada. check :http://www.centenarynews.com/article/?id=299. After the Canadian visit they travel to Ypres to help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War 1. There are over 50 VT tips on the A.W.M. What can I add? Only a specific which I have found particularly touching. A response to...

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  • New Parliament House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 only statue in the world of the Queen holding a handbag. The other one is here in Parliament House or rather on a Terrace outside the main building...

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  • Cockington Green

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Canberra Things to Do

    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, overpriced and over hyped mixture of things that I wouldn’t be able to recognise. When I finally gave in to going to placate some visitors for...

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  • Black Mountain - Telstra Tower

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 base of the Tower you will see nothing unless you pay and go up the tower. The fact that some of the bush/trees cannot be trimmed back to give you...

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  • Embassy Tour

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 area.

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  • Festival - Floriade

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 for 26 years. I have visited the display nearly every year for the last 13 years and have for the past couple of years gave it a glowing write up here...

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  • National Museum of Australia

    Canberra Things to Do

    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, helpful, and professional. They make the initiative to talk to you and explain to you the museum and the history of their special field. This is the...

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  • Old Parliament House - MOADOPH

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 Parliament House with an emphasis on the museum part. This identity crisis, I believe, stems from the move of the National Portrait section to its new...

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  • Lake Burley Griffin

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 (bridge to bridge). This is an easy walk along flat (apart from going up and down onto the bridges to cross the lake) sealed paths and is a favorite for...

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  • Tourist Drives

    Canberra Things to Do

    I was of two minds as to whether or not to post this review given that I need to visit a significant number of items listed, but have decided to add it for completeness of my “Tracks” series and on the basis that it still, I think, contains useful information even in its incomplete state. I will update it as soon as I can. This review is the...

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  • National Gallery of Australia

    Canberra Things to Do

    (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 aficionado of modern art and I certainly do not profess to be an expert thereon nor even understand ninety per cent of it. James Turrell’s (US artist)...

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  • ANZAC Parade

    Canberra Things to Do

    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. It honours Kemal Ataturk, commander of Turkish forces at Gallipoli and later the first president of modern Turkey, as well as the heroism and...

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  • Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 most popular short walk in Canberra. You will find people along this track from pre-dawn till late evening. If you are up to it this is a must do...

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  • Royal Australian Mint

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 addition to being able to watch the production process (picture four), including Titan (picture five) one of the worlds strongest robots in action – from...

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  • Questacon

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 there well in advance.There is a small coffe shop that sells snacks and drinks and also a shop selling science kits and soveniers.

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  • Captain Cook Memorial - Fountain and...

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 point to the Captain Cook Memorial Fountain (which actually forms part of the memorial). The sculpture is a bronze, copper and enamel terrestrial globe...

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  • Australian National Botanic Gardens

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 gardens. The National Botanic Gardens, run by the Government, specialises in Australian native plants and contains nearly 7,000 of some 18,000...

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  • Garema Place - City Centre - Civic

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 enjoyed Canberra CBD....it was pleasant...spacious...and not too crowded...and I liked the shops. And for the ladies there are some rather nice dress...

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  • St John the Baptist Anglican Church

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 fascination for visiting graveyards. Nothing morbid I assure you. You can learn so much about an area just by wandering around a graveyar

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  • Australian Institute of Sport

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 Country’s top/elite athletes with a view to producing world class athletes for international competition. The Institute offers 36 sport programs in 26...

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  • Canberra Deep Space Communication...

    Canberra Things to Do

    This complex opened in 1965. It is a part of NASA’S DEEP SPACE NETWORK, (DSN) one of three that span the Globe. Through the big dishes , the DSN stations provide two way communication with unmanned, interplanetary spacecraft , Moons, Comets, Asteroids and other bodies in the solar system. There are 4 of these giant dishes located here,...

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  • Cycling

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 Australian Capital Territory and on cycle hire, in addition to a map showing the location of this ride) the West Basin one is the longest at 16kms, the...

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  • National Aboretum

    Canberra Things to Do

    Let me state upfront – if you are coming here to see banks of mature trees as you might find in other arboretums then you will be sorely disappointed. Apart from a bank of mature Himalayan cedars and Cork oaks all the other trees are less than (most significantly less than) 10 years old. Why is this so? You ask. This arboretum is a true phoenix...

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  • Red Hill Nature Reserve

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 the red soil in the area (or perhaps the autumn tree colours), the summit is 175 metres high. Like Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain Reserve there are...

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  • National Library of Australia

    Canberra Things to Do

    Libraries are not typically on my list of must dos when I visit somewhere but this one, Australia’s largest with approximately 10 million items comprising books, journals, newspapers, archives, manuscripts, pictures, photographs, musical scores, maps, websites and oral history and folklore recordings in its collection is different somehow. The...

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  • Festival - Enlighten

    Canberra Things to Do

    This review relates to a visual show across a number of venues. To give the reader a reasonable insight I have decided to split it into two parts – purely to let you see more images. This is Part 2 of the review. I suggest you read Part 1 for details of the event prior to, or in addition to, looking at the pictures here. Click here to go to...

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  • Blundell's Cottage

    Canberra Things to Do

    This cottage, now located in Commonwealth Park, was constructed as a home for Duntroon Estate workers in the 1860s and as such predates Canberra’s selection as the National Capital. It has been home to three families – the Ginns, Blundells and the Oldfields. The Blundell family, after which it is named, occupied it for 60 years (1874-1933)....

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  • Aboriginal Tent Embassy

    Canberra Things to Do

    While a self proclaimed Embassy this assortment (varies in size) of tents and caravans is an Embassy in name only and is rather an ongoing Aboriginal protest. It has no diplomatic status. In April 1971 the Northern Territory Supreme Court decided against Aboriginal people and in favour of a mining company to have access to Aboriginal land....

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  • Beijing Garden

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 at individual garden sculptures, each of which depicts an aspect of Chinese culture and heritage typically portrayed in traditional Qing Dynasty...

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  • Festival - Balloon Spectacular

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 festival, sounds like the organisers may have got carried away with Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!). For a couple of weeks, up to 50 balloons gather...

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  • National Carillon

    Canberra Things to Do

    The National Carillon, located on Aspen Island, Lake Burley Griffin, was a gift from the British Government to the people of Australia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the national capital. It was presented by Queen Elizabeth II on 26 April 1970. A carillon is a stationary set of chromatically tuned bells (minimum 23) in a tower, usually...

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  • Kings Park

    Canberra Things to Do

    This memorial commemorates the 700 plus Australian police officers who have been killed on duty or who have died as a result of their duties – since Australian policing first begun. The names of the officers who died are inscribed on a bronze commemorative wall. The first policeman to die on duty was Constable Joseph Luker, aged 38, who was...

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  • Canberra Walk-in Aviary

    Canberra Things to Do

    If you are visiting Australia, and Canberra, then one of the must sees of your time here, is the magnificent birds of Australia. The native birds are truly some of the most gorgeous in the world, but often are incredibly shy and hard to track down (apart from the friendly and garrulous cockatoos!) Well to enjoy some of Australia's prettiest birds...

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  • National Capital Exhibition

    Canberra Things to Do

    A great place to get your bearings and learn something of the story of the national capital through a combination of audio-visual displays, films, photographs and artifacts prior to going out and exploring. The Canberra "Sound and Light Show" with its scale model of central Canberra gives an excellent overview of the city's layout and the location...

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  • Calthorpes' House

    Canberra Things to Do

    Calthorpes' House was built in 1927. The house, its outhouses and its furnishings, household appliances, photos and the gardens remain virtually unchanged from the 1920s and thus provide the visitor with a genuine insight into the housing style and taste of middle to upper class Australians in the late 1920s. This is not a museum of bits and...

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  • Black Mountain Nature Reserve

    Canberra Things to Do

    The first thing most visitors to Canberra notice is Telstra Tower on Black Mountain. The Tower is one of Canberra’s most visited sites and you can get to it by car/bus or you can walk. Most people, thankfully for those who chose to walk, get there by car or bus. This review is on the Summit Walk, which is, in my view, without doubt the best way to...

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  • Walks

    Canberra Things to Do

    Update Jan 2015 - I have now completed the full walk - fantastic. That was the easy part, writing it up here is the hard part! Earlier this year (2013) my VT friend Planxty set out on what for many would be an epic journey - a walk around London - a walk of some 245kms called the LOOP or to give it its full name the London Outer Orbital Path. As...

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  • Kosciuszko National Park - Day Trip

    Canberra Things to Do

    The nation's capital is the perfect base to explore Kosciuszo one of Australia's great national parks. It has Mt. Kosciuszko which is the tallest mountain of the nation at 228 metres. It also encompass the headwaters of the very famous and scenic SNOWY RIVER, more breathtaking limestone caves and alpine resorts. Therea re heaps of rare and...

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  • Suburban and Rural Life

    Canberra Things to Do

    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 story if you care to read about them.....read some history as you rest a while.... This review will be linked to Sydney, Canberra, and Yass as you will appreciate the VC rest areas being...

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  • Indoor Market

    Canberra Things to Do

    Visit Canberra’s only indoor market at the Kingston Old Bus Depot. There are many stalls selling good quality art and craft, natural organic produce. Individual artist from regional and local area selling their hand made products. Relax and enjoy the colourful atmosphere and drink espresso coffee while listening to buskers. Why not have lunch at...

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  • St John's Schoolhouse Museum

    Canberra Things to Do

    This is the region's first school and school master's residence. It was built in 1845 (70 years before Canberra was named) by Robert Campbell of Duntroon estate, to provide an elementary education for children from the estate and surrounding farms. The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1864 so the building you see today is a...

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  • High Court of Australia

    Canberra Things to Do

    Two buildings in Canberra rank high in the stakes for being the most hideous looking buildings in Australia – both these buildings are beside each other. One is the High Court of Australia and the other is the National Gallery. Ok, so you have got it – I don’t like the building and for this reason it was not for some 12 years after moving to...

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  • Gorman House Markets

    Canberra Things to Do

    Gorman House Markets is a great place to meet friends for lunch or a coffee. There is live music at lunch time and a great atmosphere. The building is wonderful, built in 1924. (and that's old for Canberra!) The parking is difficult so park in the Target car park over the raod and walk a little way up Ainslie Avenue until you see Gorman House on...

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  • National Rose Gardens

    Canberra Things to Do

    This Rose garden was begun in 1933, AND contains 100’s of Roses that were donated by Rose Societies, Organizations and Individuals. The design is unique, in that it is in the shape of an open Rose petal. Of interest, is the number of commemorative Roses in this garden. The “Olympic Gold” Rose, produced for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and the...

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  • Kangaroo Sighting

    Canberra Things to Do

    YES, YOU READ RIGHT! There are plenty of Kangaroo's in the suburbs of Canberra. The bush around Canberra has the grey kangaroo and the smaller Swamp Wallaby. Kangaroos are most active early in the morning or late in the evening, so you are most likely to see them around sunrise or sunset. We saw plenty on our drives, in parks, on golf courses,...

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