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Aboriginal Embassy
In front of Old Parliament House, the Aboriginal Embassy is still standing, although constantly threatened with demolition. It is a temporary structure erected some years ago, in this most conspicuous of positions, by the aboriginal communities of Australia to emphasise and publicise their complaint that they had no say in the government of their own country.

Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial is on the northern side of Lake Burley Griffin and is a moving display which is well worth visiting. It has been rated one of the best war museums in the world. The War Memorial is about three kilometres from the city centre. Anzac Parade (02 6243 4211).

Blundell's Cottage
This six room sandstone cottage was built before Canberra existed in 1860, it was moved to this site and restored in 1964. A hands on historic home where you can touch the artefacts. Parkes Way

Duntroon House
Home to the first settler along the Molonglo River, it is now part of the Royal Military College. Parts of this historic house date back to the 1830's. Jubilee Avenue

Government House
The official residence of the Governor General but closed to the public except for open days but can be seen from the hill off the Scrivener Dam Road.

High Court of Australia
The building itself was the winner of a design competition and was opened by the Queen in 1980. This is the highest court in Australia and it's main feature is its seven story public hall. King Edward Terrace, The National Triangle (02 6270 6811).

National Library
The National Library is near Lake Burley Griffin outside the library is a Henry Moore statue.

National Carillon
The National Carillon, a bicentennial gift from Britain, stands on Aspen Island in Lake Burley Griffin. It is a three column bell tower comprising 53 bells and chimes every quarter of an hour. Aspen Island.

Old Parliament House
Old Parliament House is much more traditional than its more modern replacement, but still most imposing. Burley Griffin imagined that this was just going to be a temporary building however, Parliament sat here for 61 years, from 1927 until 1988. It now houses the National portrait Gallery and daily tours are available. King George Terrace (02 6273 5130).

Parliament House
The most important sight in Canberra is Parliament House, sitting atop Capital Hill and ruling the nation. It was opened in 1988 and now the 81-metre flagpole which surmounts it can be seen from almost any place in the city. Parliament House is three kilometres from the city centre and guided tours are conducted when Parliament is not sitting. Capital Hill (02 6277 4889).

Prime Minister's Lodge
Closed to the public (except some open days) but the garden can be seen from behind the wall.

Royal Australian Mint
The Royal Australian Mint is interesting. You can even make your own coins here. The mint is in Denison Street, Deakin, about seven kilometres from the city centre.

Black Mountain Tower
Black Mountain Tower (formerly Telstra Tower) is known for the view it gives of Canberra. It is 195 metres high and built on the top of Black Mountain, five kilometres from the city centre. The main purpose of the tower, of course, is its telecommunications functions, but it also has a public viewing gallery and an exhibition showing the history of telecommunications in Australia.


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