This 50m-high bell tower was opened in 1970 as a gift from Britain on Canberra’s 50th anniversary. The tower has 55 bronze bells, weighing from 7kg to 6 tonnes each, making it one of the world’s largest musical instruments. The bells mark the hour and there's usually a recital at 12.30pm on Wednesday and Sunday.

The carillon is scheduled to undergo restoration work throughout 2019 ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2020, when a year-long celebratory program of performances will be held.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Canberra attractions

1. National Gallery of Australia

0.32 MILES

This Australian national art collection is showcased in an impressive purpose-built gallery within the parliamentary precinct. You can justifiably bypass…

2. High Court of Australia

0.35 MILES

The glass-and-concrete High Court building sits on the plaza between the capital's two main art galleries, and, not to be outdone, is home to a large…

3. Blundell's Cottage


This small workers cottage was built in 1860 from local stone and is the oldest surviving building of its kind in Canberra. When it was built, the cottage…

4. Lake Burley Griffin

0.41 MILES

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…

6. National Portrait Gallery

0.45 MILES

Occupying a flash, purpose-built building, this wonderful gallery is a striking representation of Australia's shifting self-image and a must-see for art…

7. Reconciliation Place


A section of the grassy public space between Parliament and Lake Burley Griffin has been designated to represent the nation's commitment to the cause of…

8. Questacon


Most families visiting Canberra head straight for Questacon, Australia's premier science museum, where they can play around with fun interactive exhibits…