Canberra is a treasure trove just waiting to be explored, and with the 100-year anniversary of ANZAC Day upon us, there is no better time to visit our nation’s capital.
Careful planning of this purpose-built city allows for easy access to all the attractions no matter where in Canberra you are staying. The award-winning Quality Hotel Woden is situated minutes from one of Canberra’s largest shopping complexes – Westfield Woden Plaza Shopping Centre. Quality Hotel Dickson and its 4.5 star accommodation rooms are just a stone’s throw away from top quality dining options. For those looking for the best value for money the Comfort Inn Airport International is perfect, located 15 minutes from the airport. If country hospitality is what you’re after the Quality Inn Country Plaza Queanbeyan is conveniently located just over the border and is only 20 minutes from Canberra’s CBD.
The Australian Capital Territory was established to house Australia’s Government, with construction beginning on the city of Canberra in 1913. Today Canberra is laden with public gardens, wide tree-lined streets and boulevards as well as a symbolic design that allows politicians to always remember the consequences of war. The doors to the Prime Minister’s office, The Great Hall and Parliament House can all be opened to reveal a clear line of sight to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial.
Officially opened in 1941, the Australian War Memorial is Australia’s most powerful and significant shrine dedicated to the Australia’s war efforts.
If time permits, take a couple of days to wander through the halls and galleries, pause at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reflect upon the thousands of names etched into the Roll of Honour, silently stand at a moving Last Post Ceremony at the close of each day, or take in the outdoor memorials lining Anzac Avenue.
No visit to the Australian War Memorial is complete without viewing the recently refurbished World War I galleries, and new permanent First World War exhibition: Australia in the Great War. The exhibition takes you on a chronological journey through the horrors and the triumphs across all the Great War battlefields from Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine, and the war at sea and in the air.
At day’s end drive a short distance to Mt Ainslie lookout for a magical sunset over that iconic view over the Australian War Memorial, Anzac Avenue, Lake Burley Griffin and the Australian Flag flying high over Parliament House in the distance.
With this year being the centenary anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, there’s really been no better time to visit and reflect on the role the Anzacs had in creating this country.