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In 1963 Prime Minister Menzies described Canberra, the Capital of Australia, as:

“Wonderful, immoral, tempting and terribly satisfactory”

(Canberra is currently where I live)

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As my Canberra page has grown, and will grow further over time, I have added this page by way of an index such that my reader can find/read reviews by locality within the Canberra and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) area. My reviews have been grouped broadly into the areas as depicted on the map above NOTING:

*Part of North and South Canberra (see map below), bordering Lake Burley Griffin, have been carved out to include two extra groups centred on what is referred to as the Parliamentary Triangle. A large number of Canberra’s tourist attractions lie within the Parliamentary Triangle – North and South of the Lake.

*I have added a group for Day Trips from Canberra

*Non location specific reviews have their own separate grouping.

LINKS WILL BE ADDED BELOW AS REVIEWS ARE ADDED – BEAR WITH ME PLEASE, I AM COPYING THEM IN (AND UPDATING) FROM A NOW DEFUNCT TRAVEL SITE I USED TO WRITE ON.

Index to Canberra Reviews

PARLIAMENTARY TRIANGLE

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PARLIAMENTARY TRIANGLE – SOUTH OF THE LAKE

National Gallery Of Australia
National Gallery – Sculpture Garden
Heads from the North
National Gallery – Turrell’s ‘Within Without’
High Court of Australia – Admire the Spaciousness

The National Portrait Gallery – Heroes and Villains
International Flag Display – Ok. Quiz time
Segways – Zoom around the lake
National Library of Australia – Real Treasure Here
Aboriginal Tent Embassy

King George V Memorial – View Spoiler?
Magna Carta Place and Monument
Old Parliament House – Museum of Australian Democracy
Balloon Spectacular – Up, Up and Away
Curtin and Chifley – On Their Way to Work

National Archives – Certainly Surprised Me
National Archives – Australia’s Birth Certificates
Foundation Stone – What is it?
Canberra becomes Enlightened
Walk around Canberra – Centenary Trail

Parliament House – Canberra
The Great Hall Tapestry – Parliament House
Sorry – A Parliamentary Apology
See the Magna Carta in Parliament House
The Queen in Parliament – Well a Sort Of!

Balloon Spectacular – 2016
Enlighten – 2016
Dom’s Coffee Bar: “Coffee by the Lake – Southside” Eating
Questacon – Science In Action
Reconciliation Place – The Path to Reconciliation

PARLIAMENTARY TRIANGLE – NORTH OF THE LAKE

Walk Around The Lake – Lake Burley Griffin
Captain Cook Memorial Fountain and Globe
Commonwealth Park – Go promenade!
Canberra and Region Visitors Centre
The Deck at Regatta Point: “Decent Food with a Decent View” Eating

National Capital Exhibition – Get Your Bearings
Floriade – Canberra Blooms!
Sir Robert Menzies Goes For a Walk
National Emergency Services Memorial
Reflections on the Lake

Blundells Cottage – Step back to the 1860s
Merchant Navy Memorial – Fitting waterside tribute
HMAS Canberra Memorial – Sunk in Service
Indian Ocean Tsunami Memorial – Boxing Day Tragedy
National Workers Memorial – Remembering Workplace Losses

Lake Burley Griffin – Northside: “Coffee by the Lake” Eating
National Police Memorial – See It At Night Too
National Carillon And Aspen Island
Australian-American Memorial – Bugs Bunny

AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL AND ANZAC PARADE

Australian War Memorial – Lest we forget
Commemorative Courtyard and Roll of Honour
Hall of Memory
Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier
World War I at the Australian War Memorial

World War One Dioramas
Menin Gate at Midnight
Menin Gate Lions
Mephisto – The Devil’s Chariot
World War II at the Australian War Memorial

Aircraft and ANZAC Halls – Australian War Memorial
War Memorial – Colonial Conflicts Gallery
‘Conflicts 1945 to Today’ Galleries
The Forgotten War (Korean War)
The Hall of Valour

War Memorial – Sculpture Garden
Bellona – The Offensive Goddess
National Aboriginal War Memorial or Not?
ANZAC Parade – Memorials
Australian Hellenic Memorial

Australian Army National Memorial
Australian National Korean War Memorial
Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial
Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
National Boer War Memorial

New Zealand Memorial
Rats of Tobruk Memorial
Royal Australian Air Force Memorial
Australian Service Nurses National Memorial
Royal Australian Navy Memorial

Kemal Ataturk Memorial

OUTSIDE THE PARLIAMENTARY TRIANGLE

(INNER) NORTH CANBERRA

Mt Pleasant and Royal Australian Artillery Memorial
Major General William Bridges – Grave
Changi Chapel – The Original!
ANZAC Memorial Chapel of St Paul – Two for One
Duntroon Dairy – Canberra’s oldest building

Pialligo – Garden centres, gifts and cafes
Mt Ainslie Lookout – best view of Canberra
Walk up Mt Ainslie
Limestone Avenue – Have a seat
Gorman House Art Centre and Markets

Sage Restaurant: “What has happened here?” Eating
Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS)
Multicultural Festival – Showcase on the world
St John the Baptist’s
Church of St John the Baptist – Interior

St John the Baptist’s Church – Graveyard
St John’s Schoolhouse – Canberra’s first school
Canberra Theatre Centre
New Acton Arts Precinct
A.Baker: “Remove your teeth if that is an option for you Eating

ANU Sculpture Walk – Part 1 of 2
ANU Sculpture Walk – Part 2 of 2
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Black Mountain Summit Walk
Black Mountain (Telstra) Tower

Telstra Tower – Black Mountain
Tilley’s Devine Cafe Gallery: “Tilley’s – for something devine!” Eating
Two Sisters Lao Thai Restaurant: “Great Value Lao – Thai Food” Eating
Hudsons of Dixon: “A long time favourite” Eating
Dixon Wetlands

Walk up Mt Majura
All Saint’s Anglican Church Ainslie – From Train Station to Parish Church
10″ Custom Pizzeria: “Quality Gourmet Pizza” Eating
Canberra Museum and Gallery
Ethos Statue Worth a Look – Forget the Assembly

City Hill – A Very Different View
Canberra Centenary Column
Hop-on Hop-off Red Explorer Bus
Graffiti Art in the City
Glebe Park – Ye Olde English Park in Civic

Glebe Park – Statues and Art Works
Reclamation – Culture, Spirit and Place
World Curry Festival – The Best of Irish
Winter Festival – Ice Skating in the City
Ainslie’s Sheep

Canberra Merry-Go-Round
Mown and Grown in Fyshwick
Westside Acton Park
Australian Centre on China in the World
Airport Open Day

Theatre 3 – Cosy Little Quality Theatre

(INNER) SOUTH CANBERRA

Robert Burns – For auld lang syne
Katie Bender Memorial
Canberra Beijing Garden – Part 1
Canberra Beijing Garden Part 2
Royal Australian Mint – Visit the Mint – it makes cents!

National Arboretum – Where are the trees?
Bonsai at the National Arboretum
Scrivener Dam and Lake Burley Griffin
Government House – From a Distance
Red Hill Lookout – Why so called?

Calthorpes’ House – Pop in while Family is out
Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral- Narrabundah
St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church
Narrabundah – The Little Hawk
Aboriginal Artwork in Narrabundah

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
The Bible Garden
Canberra Railway Museum
Fyshwick Fresh Foods Market – Coffee, Veggies and More
Air Disaster Memorial

Mugga-Mugga – 1830s Shepherds Cottage
Science Reaches Out Through Street Art
Chong Co – Kingston Foreshore: “Chong Co Thai” Eating
Weston Park
Weston Park – Kangaroos in the City

SIEV X Memorial
Yarralumla Play Station
Yarralumla Gallery & The Oaks Brasserie: “Location, coffee, and little else”

BELCONNEN

Mt Painter Walk– Short and Sweet
The Pinnacle – Disappointment Turns to Pleasure
The Pinnacle Nature Trail
Weetangera Cemetery
Umbagong District Park

Australian Institute of Sports – AIS
Can Tho: “Best Vietnamese in Canberra” Eating

GUNGAHLIN, HALL AND THE NORTHERN ACT

Cockington Green – Visit the world in a day
Hall Market

WODEN

WESTON CREEK AND THE WESTERN ACT

ACT Bushfire Memorial
Mt Stromlo Observatory
Mt Stromlo – Scope Restaurant/Cafe: “Give it a miss – CLOSED” Eating
Cotter Reserve
Cotter Dam Discovery Trail

Cotter Dam
The Cotter Catchment Lookout Track

TUGGERNONG AND THE SOUTHERN ACT

Lake Tuggeranong – enjoy a great walk
Locally handcrafted curios
Aboriginal “grinding grooves”
Lanyon Homestead
Monitoring Space Travel at CDSCC

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

DAY TRIPS FROM CANBERRA

NON-LOCATION SPECIFIC REVIEWS

GENERAL

Cycle around Lake Burley Griffin – General
Cycle around Lake Burley Griffin – Central Basin
Cycle around Lake Burley Griffin – East Basin
Cycle around Lake Burley Griffin – West Basin
Cycle Around Four Lakes

Tourist Drives – Canberra Tracks
Canberra Track 1 – Ngunnawal Country
Canberra Track 2 – The Limestone Plains
Canberra Track 3 – Looking at Canberra
Canberra Track 4 – Cemeteries

Centenary Trail (T’logues)

TRANSPORTATION

Getting to and from Canberra International Airport
Canberra – Getting Around By Bus
Route 100 – Free Tourist Bus Service – NO LONGER OPERATING
City Loop Route 101 – Free City Centre Bus Service
Canberra – Sydney by Train
Sydney – Canberra by Bus

WARNINGS

Personal Safety in Canberra
Accommodation shortage – book well in advance