"The Australian Capital Territory is small in size but big on power and prestige."
The ACT is the driving force
steering this magnificent country on its political pathway and
ultimately its current and future direction.
No visit to the Australian Capital Territory is complete without visiting the quintessential Parliament House which resides on Capital Hill in Canberra. The grand building is characterized by its 81 metre steel flag pole flying the Australian flag in all its glory. Entry to the building is free and guided tours are scheduled regularly throughout the day between 9am and 5pm. The tours are very informative and educational in regard to the design and construction of the house and the parliamentary operations of the House of Representatives and Senate chambers. Self guided tours are permitted, however the knowledge gained on tour is all part of the Parliament House experience and understanding of the nation’s government and capital.
Canberra is also home to a number of other national institutions. The Australian War Memorial at the top end of Anzac Parade is a commemorative tribute to all those Australians sacrificing their lives in war over the years. The detailed history, displays and memorabilia are well put together and tell stories of the tragedy of war and the heroes who fought for their country and did not die in vain. The “Lest We Forget” motto is strongly represented in this patriotic exhibit. The Australian War Memorial is open daily between 10am and 5pm and gold coin donations are appreciated.
The National Museum of Australia exhibits the history of Australia dating back to the traditional Aboriginals and the days of Captain Cook to modern day. Iconic individuals contributing to the nation’s progress and what we stand for today are acknowledged in the museum displays. Many stories are told about our country and our people and a fabulous presentation in a revolving theatre (Circa) is the ideal way to appreciate the Australian story. The museum is located on Lake Burley Griffin and is open daily from 9am to 5pm and entry is free.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens boasts the most extensive collection of native plants worldwide and what better place to display them than in the nation’s capital. The gardens showcase a magnificent selection of species from around the country. Dramatic variations from the dainty Sturt Desert Pea to the coarse Grasstree and an impressive array of colourful wildflowers make this garden a must. The main pathway is a 1.4km loop which is easy, thoroughly enjoyable and suitable for wheelchairs and prams. Along the walk keep an eye out for the local Water Dragons, they are abundant but harmless. The gardens are located on Clunies Ross St, opening hours are 8.30am to 5pm daily and entry is free.
Canberra is a picturesque city surrounded by hills. Panoramic views of the capital can be seen from Mt Ainslie in Canberra National Park. At 846 metres elevation you can appreciate the city which surrounds Lake Burley Griffin and the red centred road of Anzac Parade, between the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House. Overlooking the nation’s capital from above is very impressive.
Canberra is a beautiful city rich in Australian history. It reflects and
celebrates all things Australian in many ways, even many of the streets
depict Australian towns and cities. The grandeur, architecture and
patriotism evident in the Australian Capital Territory is commendable
and the whole Canberra experience is interesting and educational,
inviting us to learn of our nation's past and present.
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