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Author: Leslie
Notes: August 2006. Sights and things to do in Canberra, Australia.

Historical Buildings

Blundell's Cottage

This is a six room cottage built in 1860 on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin. You can tour it to get an idea of life in Canberra from 150 years ago.

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Lanyon Homestead

You can tour the homestead and look at original furnishings from the 1850s. The gardens are very peaceful and when you stroll around the grounds you feel you are truly in rural Australia. There are outbuildings with original equipment and displays from Australia's olden days on the land. There are sheep, cattle, cockatoos, galahs and I have seen foxes on more than one occasion.

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Restaurants/Cafes

Aft Cafe

The Aft Cafe is inside the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. It's a great place to have breakfast, or any other meal with views of Lake Tuggeranong.

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McDonald's, Tuggeranong

This McDonald's is right on the lake, so it's a good place for a break as you do your lake circuit walk. There are black swans, some pelicans and all other sorts of water birds right outside. The address is Cowlishaw Street, Tuggeranong.

Gardens

Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are located at the foot of Black Mountain and contain Australian native plants. There is a bookshop and a cafeteria.

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Museums

Australian War Memorial

Here is where we have our ANZAC parades in Canberra. This is a highly visited museum. There is a cafeteria and a gift shop.

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National Gallery

The gallery has Australian and international works and there is a cafeteria inside. Outside are a sculpture garden and a restaurant.

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National Museum

The museum is open from 9am to 5pm every day with free admission. There are exhibitions on the indigenous heritage, European settlement and key historical events such as Federation and the Olympics.

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Nolan Gallery

This gallery is at the Lanyon Homestead. It contains Sir Sidney Nolan's paintings, including some of the Ned Kelly outlaw series.

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Shops

Tuggeranong Town Centre

The Tuggeranong Town Centre includes a large shopping mall and is on the banks of Lake Tuggeranong, which is one of four man-made lakes in Canberra. Popular activities with both locals and tourists include fishing, sailing or a walk around the pathways surrounding the lake.

Sights

A.I.S.

The Australian Institute of Sport is where Australia's elite athletes live and train. Twenty-six sports are represented and there is a cafeteria and guided tours.

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Canberra Space Centre

The Canberra Space Centre is located 35 kilometers southwest of the city. It has exhibits that describe Canberra's involvement with NASA and the space program. There is a cafe and gift shop.

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Captain Cook Jet

The Captain Cook Memorial Jet is a tall fountain in Lake Burley Griffin in the center of Canberra. When it is turned on it is visible for miles.

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Carillon

The National Carillon is located across a small bridge on Aspen Island and it houses one of the world's largest musical instruments. We like to take a picnic and listen to the recital as we watch the yachts on the lake. I once saw a platypus while crossing the little bridge to the island.

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Cockington Green

This is a delightful experience for little children or for very grown up people. This is a garden world in miniature, straight out of "The Borrowers" by Mary Norton. We had a season pass for years. The marker is in the center of the small steam railway track that you get to ride on. There is a cafeteria and a lovely gift shop.

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Corin Forest

Ride the bobsled, have a bush picnic, then drive to the Corin Dam.

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Fadden Pines

A popular recreational center planted with pine trees. There are barbecues and picnic facilities and a playground.

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High Court of Australia

The High Court of Australia is the highest Court in the Australian judicial system and is open week days. There is a cafeteria.

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National Library

The National Library maintains a collection of Australia?s documented heritage. There are regular exhibitions and there is a gift shop.

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Old Parliament House

Old Parliament House is a heritage listed building. It opened in 1927 then the New Parliament House opened in 1988. Take time to visit the Rose Garden directly in front of the building.

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Parliament House

Parliament House is Canberra's most distinctive building, and possibly the largest. Visitors are welcome and there is a cafeteria and a gift shop.

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Questacon

Questacon is an interactive Science center with fun activities for visitors of all ages although it mainly caters for school age children. There is a cafeteria inside and a gift shop.

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Telstra Tower

The tower is located on Black Mountain Peninsula overlooking Lake Burley Griffin and has 360 degree views of Canberra from the top, a gift shop, and the Tower Restaurant, for food with a view.

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Tidbinbilla Reserve

The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is a 40 minute drive from Canberra. While having a picnic or barbecue, you can see kangaroos and emus close up and possibly koalas. There is a visitor's center and a gift shop.

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Zoo and Aquarium

There are Australian native animals and many exotic ones. Read the website for information on how to pat a cheetah.

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Transportation

Canberra Airport

This is the Canberra International Airport.

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Villages

Gold Creek Village

Craft and specialty shops of all types with something to tickle everyone's fancy. There are several restaurants and cafes. You can visit the Australian Reptile Centre, the Bird Walk, the National Dinosaur Museum and many art galleries.

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