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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TripAdvisor
  • Quite spectacular for the international tourist, and really gives a fantastic panorama of the local area. There is a caravan selling snacks etc at the top, but don't expect an exciting "tourist destin...  more »
  • A good drive to the Mt Ainslie. We were able to have a coffee and take in the marvellous view over Canberra. If you are in Canberra, take the opportunity to visit  more »
  • I lived at the base of Mt. Ainslie growing up in my early adult life and still love to go and look out over Canberra. Its an amazing vantage point and a must if you are visiting. Less than 10 mins dri...  more »
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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.