Mount Ainslie Lookout, Canberra

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Mount Ainslie Lookout offers a panoramic view of the central business district of Canberra, set against the background of Lake Burley Griffin and Mount Stromlo. Located near the War Memorial, you access this lookout via a twisty road offering more scenic views. The site is a popular stop for visitors participating in guided city tours, as well as locals. Bring your camera to take photographs with the iconic city backdrop in the distance. There are few tourist facilities here, but you can purchase cold drinks, ice cream, and coffee from portable kiosks usually located at the top. Plan to see Mount Ainslie Lookout and other attractions that appeal to you using our Canberra itinerary planner .
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  • October 11, 2017
    Not for first time walkers. At stages it is steep and you also have few sets of steps. Takes about an hour for the round walk, starting from behind the War Memorial.  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    There are no facilities. Just a car park and a couple of large viewing platforms, but a truly magnificent view across the city of Canberra that gives you an understanding of why Canberra is called the...  more »
  • October 10, 2017
    This look out is a good way for students to see the layout and design of Canberra. Sunset and nighttime is a good time to visit, as lights line the streets. Be aware when taking a group of students, t...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    Great view of Canberra that allows you to appreciate the city's geometric design. There is also some history about the town planners presented. Parking was plentiful and easy to locate. My only complaint, because we were traveling with young kids is about the lack of bathroom facilities.
  • May 12, 2017
    The views are amazing and beautiful. The whole area is clean. The walking track down the mountain is well maintained. It's dog friendly. There is a seating area with tables and ramps. The steps aren't to steep around the lower viewing area.
  • August 13, 2017
    Amazing sunrising spot, but it's usually very cold there so bring a jacket in case
  • May 9, 2017
    Mount Ainslie Lookout offers fantastic views of Canberra. Access is available by road, or if you are more energetic there is a really nice track walk that takes approximately 30 minutes. If you want to walk your dog you can do, but on the lead. A must do, must see.
  • September 8, 2017
    Best to take the walking track up from war memorial.

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