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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  • The site offers a beautiful view of Canberra, a planned city (and therefore interesting to view from above). Recommend going by car to the top, or the walk can get tired!
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  • An opportunity to see the entire city of Canberra from one spot. Beautiful views and easy access with nice stopping points along the way.  more »
  • It is a wonderful view but I felt the Telstra Tower was a better because it is higher and gives you a 360 view  more »
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  • Extremely beautiful and spectacularly amazing place. Please visit it at night. The lit-up Canberra and its suburbs look spectacular. Apt as a romantic spot! We spent our Xmas eve here. Cannot ask for any more beautiful Xmas lights than this!
  • The best view in Canberra where one can take in the architectural splendour of Canberra. One is also free to choose from either powered transport to the summit, or pedestrian effort. The latter being of modest to somewhat arduous challenge. The recommended route is from the War Memorial. The challenging routes from the less well marked paths around the circumference, with a particularly challenging goat track from Downer / Dickson that I once enjoyed with a partner some years ago.
  • Awesome place to come and really enjoy the sights of Canberra, situated right above the war memorial, from the top you can seen an almost 360° view of Australia's capital, also you can line up Old Parliament House and New Parliament House across lake Burley Griffin. Ample parking and bins also provided. No toilets so go before you come, but you will definitely have a good time up here
  • You can drive to mount Ainslie. But if you love trekking, you can trek to this place from war memorial. It takes around 2-2.5 km from war memorial. There are bushes on the way, you don't have to worry about the way, you will not be lost, there is already pathways made, just follow them. On the way you also find many kangaroos, not sure if they are Wallebies :/. From the top of mountain there is beautiful view of Canberra. You can see war memorial, Parliament, City center etc.
  • Beautiful view! There is a path going up the hill which starts at the back of the War Memorial. We did this immediately on our first day in Canberra; you get a good overview of the city and afterwards you can directly visit the War Memorial. During the week, the lookout seems to be normally not very crowded which we really appreciated.

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