Canberra Journals

2 Days in the Australian Capital

An October 2003 trip to Canberra by Koentje3000

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Quote: We just stayed overnight on our way from Melbourne to Sydney. It is nice enough for a stopover between the two cities, but the town is quite boring, so I wouldn't linger here too long.

2 Days in the Australian Capital

Overview

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The city's claim to fame is that it is the (in)famous capital city of Australia. It is nicely situated at the banks of Lake Burley-Griffin, with a few hills around it. There are 300,000 people living in the city, but when you arrive here, you wonder where they all are. The city is really spread out and there are a lot of green spaces in between the scarce buildings. The parliamentary center is completely planned with straight avenues, flag posts, and government buildings.Quick Tips: Canberra is a good stopover if you have some time to spend between Sydney and Melbourne, although there are probably some better places to be found, like the Snowy Mountains. We wanted to go there, but during the ...Read More

Parliament House

Attraction | "The Two Parliaments"

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There are two parliament buildings in the town: the Old Parliament dates from 1927 and the New Parliament from 1988. The old one is built in a nice classical style with a white facade. You can go inside for a small fee, but we didn't do this because we got bored from the guide in the New Parliament. The new one is a beautiful modern building with a huge spire/flag post. The roof is covered with grass, and entrance, including a guide, is free. The inside is modern as well, but you really have to into this stuff to appreciate the guided tour, as for me it was quite boring and too long. It took 15 minutes to explain one painting!

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Parliament House
Capital Hill
Canberra, Australia
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