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. Before you head to Canberra, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Canberra vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Canberra has to offer, including Mount Ainslie Lookout.
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  • Located north east of the city. With a height of 843 m, it provides an excellent aerial view of the city and surrounding hills and suburbs. Great view can both during the day and night. Walking tracks...  more »
  • Ideal look out which is not far from the city. Ecellent views of Canberra. Great for hiking or riding for the fitness conscious. 
  • Park behind the war memorial, walk across the road and walk to the top. Steep but worth the effort!! 
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  • Walking up from Hawdon Street was absolutely lovely, if a little muddy because of the rain. I walked up when it was around 10 degrees, and had to take off my jacket halfway up. Brilliant views even on a foggy day. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE UNFIT (it is a 2 to 3 hour uphill climb up). Hiking boots recommended, and don't disturb the kangaroos!
  • Great place to see the city and I would recommend the walk to the war memorial. Its a great way to experience Canberra.
  • It has a great view from the top and a lot if people doing it and it as access through the war memorial
  • A great place to see how well designed Canberra is as a city. Bring a jumper, though.
  • Another way to look at Canberra from the top, the paths to ge to the top are straightforward. It would take at least 35 minutes to arrive to the top.