My most recent adventure has been to visit Australia’s Capital City, Canberra. Canberra is located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and is about a 5-hour drive south of Newcastle. The reason why I visited Canberra this past weekend is that Patrick’s soccer team won the minor premiership in their league, which means that they now had to play the minor premiership winner of the league in the ACT.
I was excited to go away on this trip because I had not yet been to the ACT before and I try to take every opportunity that comes available to explore Australia.
Canberra was founded in 1908, as a compromise between rival cities Sydney and Melbourne and is the seat of government in Australia. The city is home to Parliament House and hosts the official residences of numerous government departments and agencies. I found one of the unique things about Canberra is that the entire city was planned before being built.
Australian War Memorial
My first stop in Canberra was the Australian War Memorial, this monument is a memorial to Australian soldiers and supporting organizations who have died participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia. The war memorial is also home to an amazing military museum.
Telstra Tower is a telecommunications tower and lookout on the top of Black Mountain. You can see this tower in the distance when you are going in and around Canberra and we decided to go to the top and check it out. There is a fee of $7.50 to go to the top, but we found that it was worth it when we reached the observation deck. Since we went so early in the morning we had the whole tower to ourselves which offered us uncrowded views of the city. The tower also has an open-air observation deck, we went out there but it was so windy we didn’t stay long.
National Gallery of Australia
I chose to visit the National Gallery of Australia because I absolutely love art museums. One thing I enjoyed in this gallery was the display of Aboriginal art. Most galleries in that I have visited in the USA don’t hold much if any aboriginal art. Living here in Australia, I thought it was pretty cool to see the works of the indigenous people. Here below are just a few of my favorite pieces for the National Gallery of Australia. My most favorite being Monet’s Waterlilies painting.
There are several more museums and sites to see in Canberra, but due to my limited time frame, I was only able to fit in a few. I think I would definitely like to go back to Canberra to visit some of the other attractions, however, I will have to plan that for another time. I hope you have enjoyed my photos and they have inspired you to stop in Canberra, even if only for a weekend.
You can keep up with my adventures via Instagram and in only a week and a half, I will be off to EUROPE! Lots of new posts coming 🙂