Over the years I have made several trips to Canberra, once with Dad, once with Mum and several visiting frineds.  Some of my outstanding highlights were Floriade with Mum and freinds, it is this wonderful spring showcase of millions of flowers blooming. If it is not millions it certainly looks like millions and there is colour and design for as far as the eye can enjoy.  Then there was the Australian War Memorial with Dad, if your visiting Canberra this is a must do if your intersted.

Is the smaller of two self-governing internal territories in Australian and its only city, is Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

‘BRINDABELLAS | edge of light’ features the sky and landscapes of the Canberra region of Australia – in particular the Brindabella Ranges – captured in monochromatic (near) infrared. This feature-length film (140+ minutes in total) focuses on the interplay of mountain light, air and water as these elements are transformed across the seasons – from clouds to mist, rain and snow – then frost and ice – and onto creeks and rivers. It explores both the wider montane vistas of the Brindabellas and the more intimate details of the natural flows that are created by these mountains and, in turn, shape the very landscapes they arise from.


TRAINS: NSW Country Link

BUSES: Murrays, Greyhound

YHA: Accommodation



Build to commemorate the sacrifice of Australians who have died in wars with poppies adorning the bronze inscriptions of the Roll of Honour with more than 102,000 soldiers remembered.  A combination of shrine and museum opened in 1941 it is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and entry is free.

The Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier lies within the Hall of Memory under a mosaic dome comprising over six million tiles. The unknown soldier represents all Australians who have died during wartime.


The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.

FLORIDA:  Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring – a free event.

It showcases one million flowers in bloom throughout Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and entry is free. The event welcomes more than 400,000 local, interstate and international visitors each year.


How to get there, CARPOOL to Florida 2015

Mt Ainslie Lookout, Canberra

MUSEUM  of  AUSTRALIAN  DEMOCRACY:  Old Parliament House.   Open daily 9am–5pm

A national icon, a place of great beauty, magnificent design and historical significance.  Enjoy a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and public programs that challenge and inspire. There are also special activities and spaces for children to explore. Finish your visit in one of our two beautiful cafés. As one of Australia’s most cherished and important buildings. Celebrating the spirit of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it!


Established in 1967 being the largest in Australian holding more than 166,000 works of art. Located lakeside on Lake Burley Griffin in central Canberra this is a magnificent location.  The precinct around the gallery includes the High Court of Australia and the National Library. The sculpture garden going from the building to the lake with its walk ways and cycle is a great place to relax.

National Gallery of Australia: online versions of ARTONVIEW


The purpose of the National Portrait Gallery is to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Australian people – their identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity – through portraiture.

OBSERVATORY, MOUNT STROMLO   is in the Australian Capital Territory, the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.  The school operates a world-class observatory and has a long history of research and technical activity at the forefront of astronomy and astrophysics. The research interests of our astronomers cover the length and breadth of the field, from planetary science to cosmology, instrumentation to theory.


Parliament House is a symbol of Australian democracy. Home to the Parliament of Australia and meeting place of the nation, Parliament House is the focal point of Canberra, our capital city.

The House of Representatives , known as the people’s house, is where government is formed. It has 150 members, and the party or parties able to gain the support of the majority of the House form government. The House’s other roles are to debate proposed laws, watch over government expenditure, including through its committee system, and to provide a forum for public debate on issues of national importance.

The Senate is a partner with the House in the legislative process, but is also a check on the government of the day. It consists of 76 senators – 12 from each state and 2 from each territory. The Senate conducts much of its work through an established committee system, including the budget estimates accountability process.

See Parliament in Action

Visitors are welcome to view the proceedings of both the Senate and House of Representatives from the public galleries in the chambers on parliamentary sitting days. Question Time is held in both the Senate and the House of Representatives from 2.00pm. Tickets for Question Time in the House of Representatives can be booked by phoning the office of the Serjeant-at-Arms on (02) 6277 4889 up until 12.30pm on the day required. Bookings are not required for Question Time in the Senate.

A visit to the roof of Parliament House provides one of the best views of Canberra and the opportunity to get up close to the building’s iconic 81-metre high flag mast, one of the world’s largest stainless steel structures.




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