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

“Wonderful, immoral, tempting and terribly satisfactory”

(Canberra is currently where I live)


As the number of reviews I have written on Canberra 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.

Index to Canberra Reviews




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


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

World War I at the Australian War Memorial
World War One Dioramas
Menin Gate at Midnight
Menin Gate Lions
Mephisto – The Devil’s Chariot
62,000 Poppies Display – 2018 – Commemorating the end of WWI

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



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

Mt Ainslie Lookout – Best View of Canberra
Walk up Mt Ainslie
Limestone Avenue – Have a Seat
Gorman House Art Centre, Markets and Canberra Contemporary Art Space
Sage Dining Rooms (Restaurant): “What Has Happened Here?” Eating

Multicultural Festival – Showcase on the World
Church of St John the Baptist
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
Australian National University Sculpture Walk
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Koalas in the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Black Mountain (Telstra) Tower
Black Mountain Summit Walk

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
Australian Centre on China in the World
Airport Open Day
Theatre 3 – Cosy Little Quality Theatre
Burrunju Aboriginal Art Gallery


Robert Burns – For auld lang syne
Katie Bender Memorial
Canberra Beijing Garden
Royal Australian Mint – Visit the Mint – It makes cents!
National Arboretum (and Bonsai Collection) – Where are the trees?

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
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture – Incorporating The Bible Garden
Canberra Railway Museum (Former)
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”
Weston Park – Kangaroos in the City

SIEV X Memorial
Yarralumla Play Station


Mt Painter Walk– Short and Sweet
The Pinnacle – Disappointment Turns to Pleasure
The Pinnacle Nature Trail
The Straight Line Border Walk
Palmerville Heritage Park – Imagine the History

Weetangera Cemetery
Umbagong District Park
Australian Institute of Sports – AIS
A Walk Around Lake Ginninderra
Molonglo River Track (Crossing) – By Way of Shepherd’s Lookout

Uriarra Loop walk
Giorgio’s Sandwash Track – Woodstock Nature Reserve
Can Tho: “Best Vietnamese in Canberra” Eating


Cockington Green – Visit the world in a day
Hall Market
An Autumnal Walk Around Yerrabi Pond



Lake Tuggeranong – Enjoy a Great Walk
Aboriginal “Grinding Grooves”

Urambi Hills Summit Walk

Lanyon Homestead
Monitoring Space Travel at CDSCC