Canberra is a
very lovely, modern, and scenic city very unique in the design. We are very proud of our
National Capital. It was built on gently sloping plains of the Southern Tablelands in
New South Wales. A large area was set aside in New South Wales for the building of this capital
city, and the area was called and is still called Australian Capital Territory. The idea was
to have the main Government separate from all the States. There is so much history concerning
the building of this city that it cannot be covered here.
Of all the capital cities in Australia this is certainly very high on the list of must-see
places. The beautiful surrounding country-side is not far from the famous Snowy
Mountains. Canberra can get very cold, so make sure you take some warm clothes with you even
Although not a big city it can send a person mad trying to drive around there. It was built in
a circular design. You just seem to go round and round and round and end up in the place you
started out from. The beauty of Canberra is that there is so much to see and you don't have to
travel very far to get from one place to another.
Some of the places to see are The War Memorial, Mount Anslie, The Lodge (home of the Prime
Minister), High Court of Australia, Canberra Railway Museum, The General Post Office, The National
Aquarium, Anzac Parade, Australian National Gallery, Botanic Gardens, Canberra Casino,
National Library, National Science and Technology Centre, Lake Burley Griffin, The Carillon, Captain
Cook Memorial, numerous parks, Australian National University, Royal Australian Mint, Mount Stromlo
Observatory, Canberra Space Centre, National Dinosaur Museum, Australian Institute of Sport,
National Museum of Australia, and so on and on and on.
Bye - we are off to Canberra for a really cultural weekend - and we know we will really have a great
time. The last time we were there everything had free entry, so it is a great place to take
the kids and not cost you a fortune. We pray that this is still the case, and if not, why
not? We will do the great Aussie whinge about this Mr. Howard - so please be warned.
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