Centred round Lake Burley Griffin, the famous designer of Canberra, it is a wonderful city to visit or live in. Add to Description →
Take a trip round the 35 kilometres of the Lake and see the Globe at Regatta Park, which commemorates Captain Cook’s voyages, as does the Captain Cook Water Jet where 500 litres of water per second are spectacularly thrown 147 metres above the water. Drive along Commonwealth Avenue and over the Commonwealth Bridge for a tremendous view of the Lake and Canberra.
Visit the National Library of Australia, just off this wonderful Avenue in Parkes Place. Browse through the Heritage Library on Springbank Island for an historical view of Canberra. Also in West Lake is Spinnaker Island where the sailboarders ride.
A drive round Capital Circle is a must for all visitors, taking you completely round the new Parliament House, with its grass roof and immaculate view down Kings Avenue to the Australian War Memorial. On the other side of Commonwealth Avenue is Flynn Drive, named after Flynn of the Outback who established the Royal Flying Doctor Service for outback patients.
From here, turn right and follow Alexandrina Drive to the Lennox Gardens, where Canberra’s friendship with its Japanese sister city, Nara, is commemorated. Look straight across Lake Burley Griffin to Black Mountain Nature Park which is part of Canberra Nature Park. Take a hike through this natural reserve, climb a local mountain and discover the diverse range of natural habitation growing within suburbia.
These fabulous aerial photographs of the Canberra CBD show Australia’s capital city in all its planned glory.