Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Travel Guide
The Old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia
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Places of Interest in Canberra
- Parliamentary Triangle
Site in Canberra where most of its major monuments and national buildings are located.
- Old Parliament House
First parliamentary building in the new capital of Canberra, completed in 1927.
- Blundell's Cottage
19th century farm cottage that has existed before Canberra became the capital.
- National Capital Exhibition
Rotunda to the north of Lake Burley Griffin, recommended as the starting point for exploring Canberra.
- National Library of Australia
Repository of Australia's literary and documentary heritage, housed in an iconic 1960's building.
- Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre
High-tech science centre with lots of interactive exhibits.
- High Court of Australia
Imposing lakeside building opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1980.
- St John the Baptist Church
Anglican church built in 1844, order than Canberra.
- Schoolhouse Museum
Museum formerly a schoolhouse, located next to St John the Baptist Church, also from the 19th century, one of the oldest buildings in the area. Museum houses 19th century memorabilia.
- Red Hill
Hill with excellent views of Canberra.
- Royal Australian Mint
The national mint, sole producer of Australian coins.
- Government House
Official residence of the Governor General, representative of the monarch in Australia, since 1927. Closed to the public except on special open days.
Suburb on the edge of Capital Hill, housing over 80 of Australia's foreign embassies.
- National Gallery of Australia
Gallery holding some 100,000 works of Australian art, from the days of the European settlement to present day.
- Australian War Memorial
Memorial to all Australians who perished while serving their country.
- Civic Square
Public square at the Civic Centre, the commercial heart of Canberra.
- Australian National Botanic Gardens
Gardens with the finest scientific collection of native plants in the country.
- Black Mountain Tower
195-meter (640 feet) tower above the summit of Black Mountain with viewing platforms offering superb all-around views.
- National Zoo and Aquarium
Australia's only combined zoo and aquarium, with 20 tanks and 9 hectares of landscaped grounds.
- Australian Institute of Sport
The national centre of sports in Australia, where the athletes train. The national athletes are often available to show visitors around.
- National Museum of Australia
Museum in an innovative, purpose-built facility that has become an architectural landmark.
Sights Further Afield from Canberra
One of the earliest historic sites of Canberra, exhibiting the working class living quarters of the 19th century.
- Murrumbidgee River
River in the Australian countryside good for picnics, swimming and camping.
- Canberra Deep Space Complex
Facility managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and NASA, one of three deep-space tracking centers in the world.
- Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
5,450-hectare (13,450 acre) reserve comprising forestland, grassland, streams and mountains, with wildlife such as kangaroos, emus and platypuses.
- Namadgi National Park
Covering almost half of the Australian Capital Territory, and only 35 km (22 miles) from Canberra, the national park offers a rugged yet beautiful landscape.
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