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Mount Ainslie Lookout

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Mount Ainslie Drive, Canberra 2602, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great view of Canberra with ideal alignment of Australian War memorial and Parliament house. paths well maintained and mostly easy grades. parking can be a premium on special days eg fireworks nights.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Rudy C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fantastic Views of the Nations Capital from the heart of the city to the sprawling countryside. The mountain has bush tracks that allow you to climb up or down well worth a visit

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Niraheto
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can be reached via the road but the best way to go is a (moderate) 20-30 walk from the base near the war memorial. Plenty of birds and native flowers (including info on posted signs along the walk) on the mountain, lots of kangaroos too...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bhoffman25
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favorite way up this hill is via the walking track that starts behind the Australian War Memorial. It's 2.6km each way, with a 170m elevation from the base to lookout - it takes most people under an hour return. You walk through typical Canberra...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank helena m
Reviewed 1 week ago

Any time I bring someone to Canberra, I sneak them in from Sydney via Majura so they see little of the city and then drive them up to the lookout. As you park back a little and walk them up, there's some trees and then...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Damien-and-Sonia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Mount Ainslie lookout is at the end of a nice bush trail and the view epitomises Canberra's label as the 'Bush Capital'. It is possible to drive to the lookout. But what we love is the walk to arrive there. The mount is a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank maria m
Reviewed 1 week ago

About 5 minutes drive from the War Memorial, I would highly recommend coming to the lookout. You can see how planned Canberra is as a city and learn about the history of Walter Burley Griffen and his wife who designed it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Susan T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

20 mins mid-pace hike from bottom to top. Start at bak of war memorial. Most pleasant in mid-autumn / mid-autumn. Summer is hot so start early. We hike up once a week as kid goes to school near-by. Nice overview of Lake Burley n Parliament...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Felix C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always wonderful views no matter the season. No toilets or cafe etc, but lovely facilities at the War Memorial at the bottom of the mountain.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LucyinOZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have a car it’s close to town and a nice view. The “ mountain “ is very dry , looks like a fire went through, so barren !

Date of experience: December 2018
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Zane W
December 28, 2016|
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Response from forplay888 | Reviewed this property |
It's pretty close by and there's easy access to the viewing platforms. Parking is pretty easy too. And there's public toilets
October 2, 2016|
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Response from GlobeTrotting443014 | Reviewed this property |
It's free parking.
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August 18, 2016|
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hello.. no there isn't regards,
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Cool Spots to Photograph in Canberra (14 Replies)
Hello All, I'll be travelling to Canberra on business in Feb, staying at Hotel Hotel. I'm quite into my travel photography so will have my trusty dSLR with me. Could other amateur photographers/Canberra residents recommend good spots to photograph in the city? I'm aware of the usual hotspots like Mt. Ainslie Lookout, Aus. War Memorial and Lake Burley Griffin. What would be on other peoples' list? I'm particularly interested in unusual but cool spots, or different views of Canberra's famous...More
January 01, 2017|
Response fromRandonneur|
I've taken some great landscape shots at Lake George looking out over the dry lake bed to the wind farms on the other side of the lake. A good spot is the VC Anderson rest area just off the Federal Highway. It's around 30k from Canberra city centre and a good chance to test out the long lens.
Itinerary feedback - Sydney to Melbourne (10 Replies)
Hello, We'll be visiting Australia starting mid-October with 21 days on the ground. We arrive in Sydney and leave from Melbourne. We're planning to do a road trip from SYD-MEL, fly to Hobart and tour for a number of days, then back to see MEL before coming home. We've drafted the SYD-MEL portion of the itinerary for 13 days and would appreciate feedback, please. Is our pacing too slow? If you have suggestions for lesser-known but cool places to visit please mention. We're a fairly young,...More
September 17, 2018|
Response fromJohnListon|
It looks good to me Good Luck
Mt Ainslie Lookout - Canberra (6 Replies)
I am enquiring about the walk up to the Mt Ainslie Lookout in Canberra? I understand that there is a track behind the War Memorial to the lookout? Are there snakes? Thnak you.
August 24, 2013|
Response fromthmoore|
snakes will be coming out of hibernation about now but if there are any in the area a group of clomping walkers are more than likely to scare them well away.