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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  • Really good to go and check out if if it's a clear day or pretty at night. You can see for miles. Slightly out of the CBD.  more »
  • Recently trekked up mt ainslie with a couple of mum friends and my three month old son in a carrier - it was hard enough to feel like I was pushing myself and needed to take breaks, but achievable eve...  more »
  • Mount Ainslie gives one the perspective of what Walter Burley Griffen's vision of Canberra was all about. The city is so well planned and the layout can be seen clearly from here. It is a great place ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amazing views of Parliament House and Anzac Parade, as well as all the mountains surrounding Canberra. Definitely worth the trip and much better than the Telstra Tower.
  • Fantastic view over the whole city, well worth a visit. There's a track all the way up for the more adventurous people.
  • A small area but has a great view of Canberra. A food truck was there selling snacks and drinks. Water bubbler available for refill.

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To stay comfortably near most main attractions in Canberra, choose a hotel in the city's central district. If you're a bit more budget-minded, look for a guesthouse in a neighborhood farther away from the city center. Residential areas offer more parking and quieter rooms at a fraction of the price charged by big-name centrally located hotels. Rental apartments spread across Canberra serve as another cozy option and offer lodgings ranging from simply furnished to luxurious five-star properties.
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