Exploring the Federal Capital
Trip Start Dec 19, 2010
51Trip End Mar 01, 2011
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The city is much planned from its layout to its relationship with the land. This can be seen most clearly from the grass roof of the new Parliamentary Building on Capital Hill, looking over the interim building (was a temporary measure but was used for around 70 years) across the man made Burley Griffin lake, along ANZAC Parade to the magnificent Australian War Memorial.
We purchased explorer bus tickets from the tourist centre where we could leave the car all day, despite the 1 hour parking only signs
3 hours later we joined the bus again and were driven top the new Parliament Building on Capital Hill. This striking building cannot be missed from any of the approach roads into Canberra, being topped by an enormous Australian flag on a four legged flag pole. The flag alone is said to be the size of the side of a London double-decker bus. The interior is lavish, marble stairs, wooden panelled walls. There are resonances of Westminster, Two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives, with their own colour scheme, the speakers chairs visible to each other if all the doors are opened at once, when in session there is a mace on the central table
After the new we made our way to the old, a white painted building which has an air of dignity about it. As it is no longer used we had greater freedom to explore with some very interesting reconstructions of how various normally private chambers, including the Prime Ministers and the Speakers suites.
After visiting these places we had run out of time and caught the last bus of the day back to the tourist centre. There is enough left for another visit to Canberra and the War Memorial needs further exploration.