National Carillon, Canberra
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A gift from the British government to the people of Australia, the National Carillon houses 55 bells that play a tune every hour. A carillon is a set of bells that are played using an automatic keyboard or mechanism similar to a piano, much like an organ in a large cathedral. The building where the National Carillon is based on a concept by Don Ho and designed by architects Cameron and Chisholm Nicol. The monument stands tall over a landscaped park next the National Workers Memorial, so visitors can remember their loved ones with the sounding of the bells. National Carillon is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Canberra Edition.
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  • This is a great spot for some pics of lake Burley Griffen and some of the surrounding area. Obviously popular with wedding photographers as well given the numbers of wedding parties present. 
  • Hearing the Carillon tinkling across the water of Lake Burley-Griffin is uplifting - be its bells tolling as a clock or making music as a carillon. This is something that one needs to stop and listen ...  more »
  • You cannot enter the Carillion so we timed our visit when a concert was playing. It was pleasant to listen to as we sat on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin. 
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  • Plays all kinds of music, including folk and pop music arrangements, classical, contemporary compositions, and more. Concerts are always free and the music can be enjoyed on the island or across the lake, which acts as a sound reflector. Concerts happen every Wed. and Sun. 12:30–1:20 PM. Carillonists, who very much appreciate it when their reserved parking spot is not taken by a non-carillonist, also play in pairs or trios. Special concerts are held on key calendar dates (e.g. ANZAC day, Valentines Day). The song titles and a video display showing views of the musician live in action can be viewed at the kiosk, located near the base of the tower.
  • It's the heart of the lake and my opinion the city as well. A scenic and beautiful area. Family friendly and free. It's also pet friendly, and plenty of wildlife to see. Definitely a must visit if you're in Canberra.
  • Haven't had a chance to hear the bells. This historic building locates in a small island on a lake, surrounding by a small park. This area is scenic and beautiful, also a great place for picnics.
  • Pleasant island for picnics. Never overcrowded, plenty of tables. Building is very tall and unusual.
  • On edge of the serene Lake Burley Griffin. This imposing building is a must see and hear the bell tolls