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What to see in Canberra, Australia: Australia's Capital City

Updated on December 9, 2012

What to see at Canberra: Australia's capital city

I decided to write about Australia in particular its capital city, Canberra which I visited three years ago, and I will share it with you.

Institutions of National Significance

Canberra is the capital of Australia and it is where the seat of the government is located. The seat of the government of Australia is where the Parliament House is located, High Court of Australia and government agencies and departments. It is also the location of many social and cultural institutions of national significance, such as the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia.


New Parliament House, Canberra, Australia
New Parliament House, Canberra, Australia
Old Parliament House, Canberra Australia
Old Parliament House, Canberra Australia

I was able to go inside and listen to deliberation at Parliament House -- it is where the Parliameny of Australia meet. Australia’s government is based on a popularly elected parliament with two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. Ministers appointed from these chambers conduct executive government, and policy decisions are made in Cabinet meetings. Cabinet discussions are not disclosed and ministers are bound by the principle of Cabinet solidarity. Queen Elizabeth II of UK is also formally the country's Queen, and the Queen appoints a Governor-General (on the advice of the elected Australian Government) to represent her majesty too.

I also went inside the National Museum of Australia and I came to appreciate their legacy as a Commonwealth Nation with the aborigines as a part of it and the Great Britain too.

TELSTRA TOWER, CANBERRA, Australia
TELSTRA TOWER, CANBERRA, Australia

 The TELSTRA TOWER

Visitors to the Tower can see the city unfold from the enclosed viewing gallery or the two open viewing platforms. There is a kiosk with souvenirs,coffee lounge, and Canberra's only revolving restaurant.

Australian National University
Australian National University

The Australian National University is considered the main University in Australia is known for research and excellent academic pursuits.

The National Zoo is ten minutes away from the place I stayed so I went there twice. This is Australia's home of the wild, so I was expecting to see lots of animals, and yes, I saw them all. The tigons and the ligers, cross breeding of tigers and lions. Tigon is a hybrid between a male tiger and female ligon, while it is opposite for the liger. The liger hybrid is more common too. They are also available for viewing but I haven't got a picture of it. There is of course the koala, sharks, and the kangaroo, plus the dingo -- their dog which is unique to Australia. I wasn't able to get a picture of Tasmanian devil because it is sleeping at that time too.

Koala at the Australian national Zoo, I have to wait until it wakes up before I can get this pic
Koala at the Australian national Zoo, I have to wait until it wakes up before I can get this pic
Giraffe at at the Australian National Zoo
Giraffe at at the Australian National Zoo
emule at the australian National National Zoo
emule at the australian National National Zoo
Kangaroo
Kangaroo
Zebra at the Australian National Zoo
Zebra at the Australian National Zoo
me with the dingo -- Australias National dog and some tourists
me with the dingo -- Australias National dog and some tourists
Cougar at the Australian National Zoo
Cougar at the Australian National Zoo
Shark at the Australian national Zoo
Shark at the Australian national Zoo

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    • wolfpack5 profile image

      wolfpack5 7 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi pdh, great hub and very good insite. I would love to go there to visit :)

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Wow, this is really a fantastic hub. Maybe I appreciate it because I have never been to Australia and you have given me a glimpse into what it is like. The pictures makes it even more real. Thank you pretty.

      Forever His,

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      Never been there and it seems like a great place to visit and experience. I have never been much of a traveler but some places are very attractive to me and this seems like a place I wouldn't mind going to. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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      Dao Hoa 7 years ago

      Great pics. I hope I can visit there some day. Thanks :)

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      pddm67 7 years ago from Queens, New York

      Great hub Maita and I luv the pics! I've never been to Australia but am hoping to visit one day - I have relatives in Perth. Looks like you had a great time. It must have been great being able to sit in on a deliberation and I've always wanted to see a dingo up close (instead of on tv) - thanks for taking us there with you :-) Pattie

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      Raging Bull 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Excellent hub Maita, Canberra was my hometown and you certainly got it covered in your hub, I couldn't have put it better myself. Yes its a great little city, our Nation's capital, very clean, pristine, and most people say a great place to raise kids.

      I can see you love to travel, that is fantastic and thank you for sharing your journeys, I look forward to reading more.

      Warm Hugs Billie

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      Itswritten 7 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      What to see at Canberra: Australia's capital city, great views and pics.

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Maita: you would make a terrific tour guide.. sign me up!

      LOL

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Loved this one, Maita. What great pics! I have an aunt that lives in Melbourne who asked me if I want to visit and I'm still on the fence about it. I really have too much going on here with trying to find a literary agent. But if I sell my novel, I'll be able to afford to go after wards :D We'll see...

      Merry Christmas, Maita!

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      floating mind 7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      It's been some time since I visited Australia. This hub took me down memory lane. Good times! Thanks. :)

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Really nice Maita, your pictures looked great, I have always wanted to go to Australia myself. One day I will go. Thanks for an excellent hub.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I'd certainly like to be there right now. It's summer. Thanks for a great hub.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi Micky, it is summer there right now yes, I went there like October and the weather is very comfortable too..

      thank you too, how are you today? and TC, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hey wolfpack, thank you for reading this, Happy holidays, Always, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi RevLady, thank you for dropping by as usual and for your comments, Bless, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi ehern, you can still go there, it is nice too, thanks again, hows your day going, done shopping for gifts? Always, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Itswritten, thanks for dropping by, Happy holidays to you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Dao, thank you for coming by here,Happy holidays to you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Pattie, oh, dingoes are very friendly too, I hope one day you can go there too and enjoy it, it is really a nice place, what are you cooking this time for tonight?

      I want to go there now in your place and enjoy your company and food too

      merry Xmas and best new year for you and your family,

      Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi truth, thanks for reading this hub again, are you back from your traveling too,

      Merry Xmas again LOL, and best year for you too next year,

      Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi floating mind, that was long ago, you must have enjoyed it, you can travel there again,

      thank you for reading this, May the new year bring you best opportunity too,

      Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      HI Cris, hows your self there, enjoying the snow???

      no snow here though, but it is cold, BRRRR

      thanks for the read here and all the best too next year, more more and more for you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hey DOHN< cmon finish your book and I will be the first to buy it, this coming year I wish you can published it and more more more from you

      I know one day you can visit Australia too, it is good that you have a relative there too so that they can tour you as well,

      Thank you DOHN for your articles too, they are inspiring,

      Wishing you the best opportunity and blessings next year and every year,

      Always, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Raging, you are lucky because it was your hometown before, do you still live there now,

      and I agree with you it is pristine, thats the word for it

      Thank you ans best luck next year, and happy holidays again

      Always, Maita

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      aware 7 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      cool pics , cool hub. happy holidays to you .i so appreciate your friendship . hugs for you .and a smile too.

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      pddm67 7 years ago from Queens, New York

      Hey Maita. Not much cooking for me today. I'm in charge of the veggies for tonight's dinner and mom & sis will be making all the seafood. You can still come by if you want to - there's always tons of food :-)

      Hope you and your family have a wonderful Xmas too! Pattie

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi aware, thank you and enjoy the hoildays, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      oh seafoods, am not feeling well so I cant go anymore, I will just cook spaghetti for me here, my children are in the Philippines though,

      hugs to keep you warmer too, it is cold here now in Dallas, Maita

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed the journey. I have long been curious about Canberra and your Hub satisfied my curiosity. Great pics, too. Thank you!

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      pddm67 7 years ago from Queens, New York

      I'm not much in the mood for seafood either but I unfortunately have no choice :-) It's cold here in Little Neck (NY)too - 34 degrees - brrrr. Not looking forward to heading out but thank goodness I'm only going 2 blocks. A big hug to keep you warm too! - Pattie

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi James, thanks for dropping by here once more, Canberra is beautiful and peaceful place too, Maybe you can visit there too,

      Peaceful and more for you this coming year, thank you once more, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Pattie, the weathers temp is the same as there, storm here,

      it snowed here this afternoon until now, I will write a hub about it, I am excited, my first white Christmas....

      enjoy the night, BRRRRRRR, hugs hugs hugs, Maita

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      Audrevea 7 years ago

      Look at you in Canberra!

      Canberra is the butt of many jokes in Australia - being the only 'manufactured' city and the location of too many politicians, but people who live there say that it's the most liveable of Australian capitals and has a proper 4 seasons (unlike Sydney, which pretty much has summer and mild winter with a feint transition between).

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi audrevea, Canberra for me is pristine and a very nice place like the rest of Australia, Thank you for your information about the seasons also,

      I wish to visit other places in australia too,

      thank you, Maita

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      StricktlyDating 7 years ago from Australia

      G'day prettydarkhorse, that's great information about Canberra, well done! And wishing you happy holidays too!

      Best wishes :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      G'day too stricktly, thank you for dropping by, you are enjoying the weather there now, Best wishes too, Maita

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      infonolan 6 years ago from Australia

      Great information, prettydarkhorse. I'm in Canberra at the moment and absolutely love it!

      To all coeliac consumers out there, please be careful at ZEFFIRELLI - Canberra's No.1 Italian Restaurant! I have posted my concerns on my hub http://hubpages.com/@infonolan

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