Australia Travel

A Weekend in Canberra, Australia’s Capital City

September 19, 2017
australian war memorial

Hi All!

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.

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memorial wall

The memorial wall with the names of soldiers who have fought in the wars for Australia. The red poppy is used as a flower of remembrance. Visitors can place a red poppy next to a soldiers name on the wall as a sign of remembrance.

memorial wall 2

 

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view of parliament house

View of Parliament House directly opposite of the Australian War Memorial

 

Telstra Tower

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.

telstra tower

telstra tower 2

canberra rainbow

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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.

pear sculpture

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The Aboriginal Memorial

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Central Australian Landscape - Albert Namatjira

Central Australian Landscape by Albert Namatjira

Untitled - Albert Namatjira

Untitled by Albert Namatjira

Haystack midday - monet

Haystack midday by Claude Monet

waterlilies - monet

Waterlilies by Claude Monet

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Blue Poles Number 11, 1952 by Jackson Pollock

 

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 🙂

XX Court

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Constance September 20, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Loved your photos! Canberra wasn’t rest on my radar before but the views from that tower look amazing! And I’d love to be able to see more aboriginal art!

  • Reply Bryan Carey September 20, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Good to hear something about Canberra, the capital! The attention and the blog posts are almost always about Sydney.

  • Reply Trinimombeauty September 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Australia’s capital City seems like a really nice place, thanks for taking us on this journey with you. amazing photos btw

  • Reply Adriana Alvarado September 20, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve never been to Canberra but I might have to now. Maybe I’ll go after my citizenship ceremony 🙂

  • Reply Claudi September 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Such an amazing view on top of Telstra Tower. Although I am afraid of heights – I would love to see it.

  • Reply Michelle September 26, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I just love Monet’s work, it always makes me feel so peaceful. It looks like you had a great trip! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Sami September 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Makes me want to explore Australia even more! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Amy September 26, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I was talking to a couple of Aussies not long ago, and they mentioned how Canberra doesn’t get as much attention as Sydney and Melbourne. I’m glad to see there ARE lots of things to do in Canberra. Thanks for this!

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