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Enjoy a picnic under the trees or in the sheltered picnic facility to the left of the entrance of the National Capital Exhibition. Children will enjoy the playground nearby.
Bellona, Goddess of War
Canberra’s first public art installation, ‘War’ or better known as ‘Bellona’ pronounced as ‘Bellow-na’ has had an interesting history. Locally, she was called ‘Boadicea’, or ‘Bodie’.
Gaze to the heavens in Skyspace, in the grounds of the National Gallery - it is one of Canberra's most popular 'secret' destinations.
The design was inspired by a Toblerone packet and consists of three angular columns clad in glistening quartz and opal chips.
Sit really quietly and just listen and watch. You might glimpse the little grassbird, the Australian reed-warbler or the Baillons crake.
A sealed copy of the Magna Carta dated 1297, one of only four known originals, can be seen on display at Parliament House.
The Canadian flagpole on Regatta Point stands 36 metres above ground (3 metres below). The Canadian flag is flown 1 July.
Old Parliament House
Check the paintwork on the pillars in the courtyard outside Hoi Polloi. During renovations the paint was scraped back to reveal the many colours used over the years. Some are very interesting choices…
Australian American Memorial
Is often referred to as 'bunny ears' was actually a gift from the Australian public, to acknowledge the support of the US during the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Captain Cook Memorial Jet
The exit velocity of water of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet is 260km per hour and the mass of water in the air at any time is 3 tonnes on single pump operation and 6 tonnes on dual pump operation.
In 1975 sculptor Bert Flugelman created a polished aluminium sculpture consisting of six tetrahedrons, which he buried within Commonwealth Park. He is reputed as saying that if he told people why he buried his artwork, "the whole point would be lost."
Lake Burley Griffin
Aspen Island upon which the Carillon stands, is clothed in some beautiful trees, particularly the elegant willow. A resident of the Canberry estate planted them during the 19th century. The story goes that these early trees were from cuttings taken from a tree on the island of St Helena, which grew next to Napoleon’s Grave.
Fruit bats (also known as the grey-headed flying fox) have been nesting in the trees in Commonwealth Park just down from the National Capital Exhibition.
PM Ben Chifley
The phone number for PM Chifley's office was one digit different to the Manuka butcher. Sometimes people would ring the wrong number with their weekly meat order. The PM would take the order and call the butcher to place the order and no-one was any the wiser!