Canberra the Australian Capital City
Canberra is the capital city of Australia, purposely planned and built as the base for the Federal Government. Certainly a beautiful city, with tree lined avenues and outstanding architecture, Canberra has a quiet sophistication and charm, yet is a busy city with many things to do, places to visit and attractions to see.
Here we showcase some of the major attractions of Canberra, arranged tours that may be booked online and hotel, motel accommodation.
construction of Canberra started in 1913 following a competition won
by the American Walter Burley Griffin.
With circular roads and suburbs
that are separated by forest areas, Canberra has grown to be the largest
inland town in Australia with just over 330,000 permanent residents.
There are many things
to do and unique places to see while in Canberra and a trip to Parliament
House is almost mandatory for all visitors.
Entry is free, being
owned by the people of Australia, and the House is open from 9.00am
to 5.00pm daily.
Old Parliament House is another attraction that is great to see and
has guided tours available. The original parliament house served the
Australian Government between 1927 to 1988.
Parliament House is a reminder of our past and houses valuable memories,
artifacts and is a museum of Australia's social and political history.
The National Carillon was a gift from the British
Government to the people of Australia celebrating the 50th anniversary
of the National Capital. The Carillon is located on Aspen Island
in Lake Burley Griffin.
It is a beautiful structure in a magnificent setting. Very picturesque and well worth a visit.
Whilst Canberra may be full of hot air from all the political retoric, there are many places of interest and great things to see.
Cockington Green Gardens is special, the zoo and Questacom also very interesting.
We have personally found Canberra difficult for dining out at night. We walked around the city for some time, finally settling on Subway on one night and finding a supermarket on another, just grabbing something to take back to our hotel. Where are the restaurants? We must have missed them somehow.