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Mt Ainslie

ByByChris Tham2020-10-151 min read
The Mount Ainslie tourist outlook, one of Canberra’s most popular, provides excellent views of central Canberra and Red Hill to the south and Black Mountain to the west especially towards sunset. According to an article written in 1922, this outlook ‘will afford an ever changing bird’s eye and panoramic picture of the city’s buildings and beauty spots, as well as of the lovely plains that run to join the Yass Plains on the north.’ An air beacon located at the summit is part of the national capital’s air navigation system guiding air traffic towards the nearby Canberra Airport.

Australian War Memorial

ByByChris Tham2020-10-151 min read
The Australian War Memorial is Australia’s national memorial to the members of its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia, and some conflicts involving personnel from the Australian colonies prior to Federation. The memorial includes an extensive national military museum. We visited early in the morning before it officially opened, so there are no one around apart from staff.

Parliament House Gardens

ByByChris Tham2020-10-151 min read
We were looking for the Floriade displays around Parliament House but I searched and couldn’t find any flower beds or boxes. In desperation, I asked one of the security guards patrolling the building. She said she did not know either but she said they might be at the gardens and gave us instructions on how to get there. The gardens are certainly a well kept secret, as there are no signs pointing the way, but they are worth it for the fantastic parterre and cherry blossoms.

Parliament House

ByByChris Tham2020-10-151 min read
The new Parliament House was constructed beginning from 1981 with an original budget of A$220 million and was supposed to be opened on Australia Day 1988. It ended up opening a few months later in May and ended up costing over A$1 billion. Despite that, it is an impressive structure that somehow seems smaller than it actually is as it blends well into the original contour of Capital Hill. We did not go inside but took some photos from the entrance.

Museum of Australian Democracy

ByByChris Tham2020-10-151 min read
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is a living museum of social and political history, located in a nationally listed heritage building in Parkes, Canberra. The Old Parliament House, formerly known as the Provisional Parliament House, was the seat of the Parliament of Australia from 1927 to 1988. Because of it’s temporary nature, it didn’t have sufficient space for all the members and a number of extensions were made over the years. It was almost torn down when the new Parliament House was finally built but was preserved for its historical significance and is now operated as a museum.

Parliamentary Zone

ByByChris Tham2020-10-151 min read
We parked near the National Library, and explored the Peace Park, Water’s Edge, the National Rose Garden, the old Parliament House and the Treasury building.

National Capital Exhibition

ByByChris Tham2020-10-151 min read
The National Capital Exhibition tells the Story of Canberra as the capital city of Australia. It has displays featuring the people, events, history and design of this unique, modern, planned city, and the people behind the design – Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion. I enjoyed the scale model of the national area of Canberra, including a projected presentation.

Parkes Way

ByByChris Tham2020-10-151 min read
From the National Carillon, we skirted our way back to Commonwealth Park via Kings Park through a set of paths parallel to Parkes Way.

National Carillon

ByByChris Tham2020-10-151 min read
The National Carillon is a gift from the British Government to the people of Australia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the national capital, Canberra. It has 57 bells, ranging nearly 5 octaves from the 6,108kg bass bell in F# to the 8kg treble bell in D. Australia only has 3 carillons, the other two located at Bathurst and the University of Sydney and they were built as war memorials. It is a striking building with a Brutalist design.

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