Mount Ainslie Lookout, Canberra

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
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 Mitchell, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Mitchell vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Mitchell has to offer, including Mount Ainslie Lookout.
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  • I wish I had visited this lookout at the start of my trip! The view here is better than at telstra tower, and it is free. 
  • Take the time to go to this lookout. It allows you wonderful views of this beautiful city. If you are fit you can take a walk up to the lookout. 
  • With sweeping views of Canberra and good intrepretive signage, Mt Ainslie is a must. Because you look straight down Anzac Parade you also get a firm sense of Burley Griffin's design of the city. 
  • 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.
  • A great place to see how well designed Canberra is as a city. Bring a jumper, though.
  • Expansive views and a variety of wildlife and native plants. Moderate terrain and plenty of paths to explore. Close to Civic and the War Memorial.
  • So Canberra; beautiful bush this close to the CBD. A number of trails lead up to the lookout, including an excellent centenary of Canberra trail.
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