Canberra: what to see in the capital of Australia

blundells cottage camberra
blundells cottage camberra

What to see in Canberra, the main attractions and monuments, itinerary of the places of interest to visit in the city surrounded by nature reserves and parks.

Canberra Guide

Canberra is the capital of Australia, located near the main road networks, between the cities of Melbourne and Sydney, at an altitude of between 550 and 700 meters above sea level, in an area surrounded by hills, on a territory largely protected by nature reserves or national parks. The Molonglo river runs through the city and through a dam forms Lake Burley Griffin, located in the city center.

The lake is named by the American architect Walter Burley Griffin, of Chicago, who was commissioned to design the city in order to build a new capital for the nation when the Australian colonies were organized as a federation of states.

In 1913 began the construction of the city and, in 1927, the seat of government, which until then was in Melbourne, it was moved to the new capital, the expansion of which real began since the sixties. Around Lake Burley Griffin covers the city, with large areas of natural vegetation reminiscent of the original features of the territory.

In the middle of the lake, at certain times of the day, the Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet, built in 1970 to celebrate the bicentenary of the landing of Cook, tosses a jet of water up to 147 meters. In the city center, in the so-called triangle of Parliament, there are the main tourist attractions of the city.

What to visit in Canberra

Parliament Building of the Australian government, whose visit can live the Parliament as a place of work and to appreciate the beautiful architecture of the building surrounded by a beautiful landscape.

National Gallery of Australia is the largest art museum in Australia.

Australian War Memorial, dedicated to all Australians died in the war, it preserves historical material related to this subject.

National Capital Exhibition is a museum that tells the story of Canberra.

Blundell’s Cottage is a traditional farmhouse built in the 1860s which takes its name from a married couple, George and Flora Blundell who have lived in this cottage for over 60 years. A museum showing the lifestyle of the farm inhabitants before of the birth of the new Australian capital.