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Canberra - The National Capital
Canberra is a model capital - a city without slums, no ugly industrial areas, no traffic congestion, clean air, minimal crime and beautiful surroundings. The pronunciation is CAN-brah.

Parliament House: It was designed as the focal point of the capital and was meant to be considerably more majestic than it turned out. It is, however, a handsome, classically simple complex of white buildings fronted by beautiful lawns and fountains. Kings Hall features a prize exhibit in the form of one of the three surviving Magna Cartas.

Australian War Memorial: This is the largest tourist attraction. It stands at the foot of Mount Ainslie, and is an absolutely splendid edifice in honor and memory of the 100,000 men and women who died for the Commonwealth in two World Wars. The memorial contains exhibition galleries with vast dioramas of combat... planes, tanks, artillery pieces, etc. Daily 9AM-4:45 PM. There are many war memorials throughout Australia.

Canberra Carillon: It is one of the largest musical instruments in the world, and was a gift from Britain to mark Canberra's jubilee. It's a tall white pillar, standing at the end of Kings Avenue Bridge and is played in regular Sunday and Wednesday recitals. The Canberra version has 53 bells and playing them requires great strength and skill.

Captain Cook Memorial: This jet of water operates from 10AM to noon, and from 2-4 PM, hurling six tons of water in the air at any one time. Part of the memorial is a nine-foot terrestrial globe on the shoreline.

Royal Australian Mint, off Kent Street is where the money is printed.

Botaric Gardens are situated on the slope of Black Mountain... devoted entirely to native flora... crisscrossed by beautiful walks through green and shady glens over bridges and small ponds.

Blundell's Farmhouse was built in 1858 as a ploughman's cottage. Three rooms are furnished in the old pioneer style and are open from 2-4 daily. 10-12 Wed.

The Embassies: Over 50 countries maintain diplomatic representatives in Canberra and their buildings form a tourist attraction all their own.

Artworks and fountains: The city is dotted with artistic sculptures and statuary, sometimes combined with fountains or acting as children's fantasy implements. All of them are modernistic and most are symbolic.
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