Sunday, October 17, 2010

Canberra: What to see? Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial is Australian's national memorial to its military forces that have died or participated in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. This is where and how the Australians show their appreciation and gratitude to those participated in the war.

Statues outside the hall

If you would like to know about WAR - world war 1 and 2, you should really come and spend some times here. It has detail information about war, how did the soldiers fight for their countries, aircrafts, cars...

Opening hours : 10 am -5pm daily ( except Christmas Day)
Admission : FREE
Location : Trelor Crescent, Campbell, ACT ( very near to the Parliament House)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Visit Canberra- What to see? Parliament House

Visiting Parliament House? Is it boring? Well. One should never give it a miss. Why? Australia spent over AUD 1.1 billion for the construction and it was the most expensive building in the Southern Hemisphere at the time of construction. Got to go and look why is it so expensive!!!

It has a giant spire with a super large Australia flag on top of the main building. It is so huge and basically, we can see it from anywhere of Canberra

Can you see it? Actually, the ground level of the building illustrate of boomerang shaped design. besides that, there are a big flat nice grass on the rooftop. Visitors are allowed to go to the rooftop to take picture and see gorgeous view from there too.

That is it. (From outside)

The Parliament House is very huge. This is the entrance.

There is a small gallery of pictures of the former Prime Minister of Australia. Obviously, she is not the PM, who is she?? Queen.

National Parliament House
Time : 9am to 5pm
Admission : Free

Malaysia Embassy. Since we were in Canberra, we should visit all the embassies, to look at their architecture.

Indonesian Embassy- Balinese style.

Black Mountain Tower ( Previously known as Telstra Tower or Telecom Tower) -is situated above the summit of Black Mountain. It is not only a telecommunication tower, but also a landmark of Canberra, Great tourist spot where tourist can witness the panoramic view of the city from the indoor & outdoor observation deck, and it also has a restaurant. ( sound familiar... KL Tower)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Visit Canberra

Perhaps a lot of people would think that the capital city of Australia is Sydney or Melbourne. I think Canberra is a very low profile, simple and humble city which is obviously overshadowed by Opera House of Sydney or The Great Ocean Road of Melbourne.

Why Canberra??
Well. These is a story behind that. In 1901, when the British colonies in Australia federated to form the Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne and Sydney were the two largest cities in the country, but the long history of rivalry between them meant that neither of them could become the national capital. Section 125 of Constitution of Australia therefore provided that : The seat of Government of the Commonwealth shall be determined by the Parliament, and shall be within territory which shall have been granted to or acquired by Commonwealth, and shall be vested in and belong to the Commonwealth, and shall be in the State of New South Wales, and be distant not less than one hundred miles from Sydney. After a long long discussion and 'argument', the Parliament decided that the new capital would be in the southern part of New South Wales, on the site which is now Canberra in year 1909.

Canberra is surrounded by mountains and river. Lots of green. Fresh air and cooler air and something even freezing air. The temperature is usually lower than Sydney.

Canberra at 360 degree from Mountain Ainslie.
yup. This is Canberra.