Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet


Built in 1970 to mark the bicentenary of British explorer James Cook's landfall, this memorial near Regatta Point consists of a 6-tonne column of water shooting up to 152m into the air. After many years of troubles, the jet was extensively refurbished in 2017 (at a cost of $3 million) and now operates daily between 11am and 2pm. There is also a skeleton globe on the shore on which Cook's three great voyages are traced.

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1. National Capital Exhibition

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This small but fascinating museum tells the story of how Canberra came to be Australia's capital. Displays include reproductions of the drawings entered…

2. Australian of the Year Walk


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3. National Library of Australia

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This institution has accumulated more than 10 million items since being established in 1901 and has digitised more than nine billion files. You can pop by…

4. Nerang Pool

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This lovely pool is a serene spot in Commonwealth Park, with an abundance of bird life and some beautiful landscaped gardens.

5. Lake Burley Griffin

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Every morning you'll see politicians running off the night before around this majestic lake and perhaps a few journos hot on their trail. This constructed…

7. Questacon

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8. Reconciliation Place

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