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Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet

Lake Burley Griffin, near Regatta Point, Canberra 2004, Australia
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Ranked #56 of 111 Attractions in Canberra
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Located in the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin (LBG), the water jet was built by the Commonwealth Government to commemorate the Bicentenary of Captain James Cook's first sighting of the east coast of Australia. Powered by two pumps, if both are in operation, the jet shoots approximately 6 tons of water into the air, reaching a max height of... More

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Darwin, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Not the most amazing water jet going around, but good for a photo. Doesn't take up more than 10 mins of your day though. A nice addition to the lake though.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

Numerous photo opportunities to feature the jet with surrounding attractions. The car parking is inadequate and you could be trapped in by someone double parking as there is only one way in and out.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

A pleasant feature in a pleasant lake! Not sure you'll spend too long looking at it or anything but its pretty high.

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Not, not a jet ski, a bit spurt of water in Lake Burley Griffin near Commonwealth Park. Be careful you don't get wet when the wind blows.

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Canberra ACT Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

It's a water jet that shoots water a couple of hundred feet into the air. If you're going around Commonwealth Park in summer, you'll love the open-air air-conditioning that it provides. Look across it to the High Court or the National Library... It's interesting engineering.

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Tasmania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Looking at other reviews it looks likely we were lucky as we only went to see it once - and it was on. We hadn't realised there were times when it wasn't. It shoots water very high and is good for framing photos with the National Library in the back ground. We were there at @ 3:20pm

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Really, you cannot miss this. Kids love to get wet from the spray and it is visible from many parts of Canberra. It is not always on - depends on the weather. See it from the cafe on cold adys.

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Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

When does the jet perform? I keep getting told different times. The most recent information I received was that the Jet operated between 2-4pm, but when I go to see it this is not so. Possibly better promotion of times and consistency with following them.

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Definitely worth the look when visiting Canberra. The view of the fountain with the scenery of the lake and green grass is a splendid view for anyone.

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