Canberra Journals

Canberra - A Capital City

A July 2004 trip to Canberra by Diana2315

Gold Creek Village Photo, Canberra, Australia More Photos
Quote: Canberra during the winter can be quite cool by Australian standards, but our week in this city proved to be invigorating, refreshing, and enjoyable. Our week was not long enough to allow us time to explore all that Canberra has to offer... a sure sign that a return visit is necessary!

WaldorfCanberra

Hotel | "Waldorf, Canberra"

WaldorfCanberra Photo, Canberra, Australia
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Best Things Nearby:Right in the heart of the city; walk to transport, restaurants, shops, theatre, galleries, and many other local attractionsBest Things About the Resort:The proximity to most of Canberra attractions, level of accommodation, facilities provided.Resort Experience:The Waldorf has self contained apartments, kitchen facilities are good, the views are excellent, the staff are most helpful . . . and best of all, the beds are luxurious! Unit Type: 1 Bedroom Activities: Excellent Amenities: Excellent Unit Satisfactio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

WaldorfCanberra
Cnr London Circuit & Akuna Street
Canberra, Australia
(0262) 291-234

ScreenSound Australia

Attraction | "Screen Sound Australia"

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ScreenSound Australia is the national screen and sound archive. It is housed in a wonderful old building that used to be used by the anatomy school of the Australian University. Along with vast collections of film, radio and TV archives, there is a large area set aside for public use - this is where you can view clips from films, TV and radio shows. They are shown continuously in small viewing areas, so people are free to wander at their leisure, spending as long or as little time in each area. Free film presentations are also given on weekends. ScreenSound is open weekdays 9am to 5pm, and weekends 10am to 5pm. The courtyard cafe serves delightful snacks, and there is the obligatory gift shop fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

ScreenSound Australia
McCoy Circuit
Canberra, Australia 2601
+61 (0)2 6248 2000

Australian War Memorial

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The Australian War Memorial commemorates the Australian war experiences, through exhibition areas, research libraries, and memorials. There are three levels of exhibition space, each depicting a different aspect of the experiences of men and women who served in conflicts around the world. The newest area houses 'G for George', an aircraft used during WW11 over Europe. Part of the experience of this exhibition is a sound and light show. In this, the visitors become part of the actual flight experience, from take off in England, to dropping bombs, then finding the way back to base. All the sound and light effects are incredible; the group of school children, visiting at the same time as ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

Australian War Memorial
Anzac Parade
Canberra, Australia 2612
+61 (0)2 6243 4211

National Museum of Australia

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I have great difficulty putting this building into words; it reminds me of the joke about a camel being constructed by a committee! From every angle the building confronts you and demands reaction - size, angles, shapes, colours; all seem to have been designed to clash and shout, "Look at me, I'm the greatest part of this construction, and DEMAND to be noticed!" Once inside, the exhibitions thankfully take over from the construction. The introductory area is most effective, visitors are seated in a small theatrette, and rotated through a 3 different areas that lead into this historical collection. From here you are free to wander through the various levels of displays. There are a number of hands-...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

National Museum of Australia
Lawson Drive
Canberra, Australia 2601
+61 (0)2 6208 5000

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Housed in an imposing building on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Gallery is a collection of artworks from both Australian and international painters.

It is open daily 10am to 5pm. You can wander freely through the exhibition areas, or use a guided audio tour (free of charge) if you want to study the artworks in detail. Guided tours are also available; these last about one hour and concentrate on one of the exhibition areas.

We also enjoyed the outdoor exhibition of sculptures and installations - these lead from the outdoor cafe area, along the edge of the lake. Parking is available under the building (no charge).

The gallery website is: www.nga.gov.au

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Place
Canberra, Australia 2600
+61 (0)2 6240 6502

Canberra Museum and Gallery

Attraction | "Canberra Museum & Gallery"

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This small gallery is located in the heart of Canberra, and has the city's heart as its main object. At the time of our visit there were two main exhibitions; one dedicated to the local European imigrants, the other to the bushfires that had ravaged Canberra during the last summer. The latter exhibition had incridible impact - from the recordings of radio programmes warning local residents of what they should expect, to the graphic displays of objects rescued from the ashes. These ranged from a dishwasher (practically melted), to rings fused onto metal ring holders, to china, to other family treasures that had barely survived. If this is the standard of exhibitions regularly displayed ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

Canberra Museum and Gallery
176 London Circuit
Canberra, Australia 2601
+61 (0)2 6207 3968

Gold Creek Village

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Gold Creek Village Photo, Canberra, Australia
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Gold Creek Village has been developed as a day trip attraction for families; just a 15-minute drive from Canberra centre. As you turn off Barton Highway, there are two areas of immediate interest - the National Dinosaur Museum, and Cockington Green Gardens. We chose the latter to visit - what fun! A miniature European village, complete with gardens, roadways, people . . . and some surprises along the way! As you wander along the pathways, feeling like Gulliver in his travels, you come upon tiny houses, castles, train lines; each one a perfect miniature replica. The gardens are open 7 days 9:30am to 5pm, and offer steam train rides, cafe, picnic grounds, and miniatures shop. The rest...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

Gold Creek Village
O'Hanlon Place
Canberra, Australia 2913
+61 (0)2 6205 0044 C

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Bungendore is a small village, located between Canberra and Bateman's Bay. The drive from Canberra takes less than an hour, then you can spend as long as you want, enjoying all that the village has to offer. We head first to our favourite - Bungendore Woodworks Gallery. This long established business has drawn its artworks from the most amazing designers and makers. Sculptures, fine furniture and other wooden objects just ask to be touched and admired. They are priced from a few dollars for small items, through to many thousands for the finest hand crafted furniture pieces. The cafe attached to the gallery is a lovely place to pause and refresh, before venturing into the upstairs art...Read More
Parliament House Photo, Canberra, Australia
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What a spectacular construction! A grassy hill, an 81-meter-high spire flying the Australian flag, and beneath all this lies the Australian parliament, with most of the building hidden beneath the ground. From almost any part of the city of Canberra, the parliamentary flagpole is visible; all roads seem to lead to this hill. We chose to walk from the city, across the bridge spanning Lake Burley Griffin, then up Commonwealth Avenue, so we were able to appreciate the magnificence of this construction as it grew closer. Security being what it is these days, we were carefully screened before entering the building, then able to wander throughout freely. Guided tours are ava...Read More

ANZAC Parade Walk

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As you arrive in Canberra, pop into the Visitor Information Centre on Northbourn Avenue. Among the many activities available, we happened upon a brochure describing the Anzac Parade walk . . . what a little gem this turned out to be! The brochure clearly describes this self-guided walk, from the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, along Anzac Parade to the War Memorial. Along this route are 11 different memorials, each dedicated to a different aspect of international wars. As well as giving a detailed description of what constitutes an ANZAC, the brochure describes each memorial you encounter in great detail - from the artists involved in design and construction, to the purpose and meaning behind...Read More
Old Bus Depot Markets Photo, Canberra, Australia
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For something different in this city of culture and government, take a trip to the Bus Depot Markets. Every Sunday these markets operate in the old bus depot at Kingston, Canberra. Travel by car (plenty of parking) or take a local bus, and allow yourself plenty of time to browse among the myriad of stallholder's wares. Locally grown and produced organic foods, art and craft wares, magnificent photos, antiques, bric a brac . . . and more! Crafts and arts are of an extremely high quality, and from local producers. The day we visited, the local bushfire brigade were collecting donations at the entry gate, but this was the only cost to get in. There's plenty to interest the whole f...Read More