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We would love to arrange a real tour for you and your friends, but the next best thing is a virtual tour!  Let's begin...  Australia's Constitution of 1901 stipulated that a federal capital should be established "not less than 100 miles from Sydney".  The decision to select Canberra's present location was made in 1908.  A couple of years later an international competition was held for the design of the new capital.  The winning entry was from Walter Burley Griffin of the USA.  In common with the design of Versailles and Washington, an important element of Burley Griffin's design was a "land axis", a perfectly straight line between two hill tops. A view from the summit of Mount Ainslie gives one a good appreciation of the grace and majesty of the design.

A view from Mount Ainslie

City Sights

Parliament House

Our modern Parliament House is huge but much of it is underground! Our War Memorial includes a museum of exhibits from the wars in which Australia has been involved. An ever-changing offering of exhibitions may be found at Old Parliament House, where a Light and Sound Show and guided tours are also available. Of the approximately 72 diplomatic missions based in Canberra, many are concentrated in one area, Yarralumla, where visitors are intrigued by the variety of architectural styles.


Cockington Green

Canberra has so many attractions, we cannot list them all. A few which come to mind are the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Library, the National Science and Technology Centre, the High Court, the National Gallery, the Carillon, the Mint, Cockington Green miniature English village, the Australian Institute of Sport, the National Botanic Garden, the National Aquarium and Wildlife Sanctuary. Canberra is noted for the huge variety of restaurants with many culinary styles.


Festivals

Floriade

There is a succession of festivals and events throughout the year. Important ones are the spring flower festival - Floriade - which is held from mid-September to mid-October, Autumnfest, held from March 8 to May 4, and the Canberra Festival.

Adventure
Abseiling, ballooning, biking, canoeing, climbing, hang gliding, hiking, horse riding, skiing, whitewater rafting are among the activities available.


Attractions near the city

Ginninderra Falls

Murrumbateman Winery

Within a few kilometers of Canberra there are several sheep stations which put on demonstrations of sheep dog roundups, sheep shearing, boomerang throwing, and provide an Aussie barbeque lunch. Ginninderra Falls is just outside the city limits. There are about fourteen boutique vineyards close to Canberra, many of which have achieved outstanding show results. Bywong Town is an historic gold mining village with guided tours and gold panning. Bungendore is a sleepy country town with excellent craft shops. Lanyon is a sheep station with restored 1850s homestead. Native wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, superb fairy wrens, and many other species, may be seen at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Nearby is the Deep Space Tracking Station with an informative visitor centre. For a complete break from the city, Namadgi National Park has much to offer.


Craft shop at Bungendore

Koala at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station

Namadgi National Park


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