Australian War Memorial, Canberra

The Australian War Memorial: one of Canberra's most iconic sites.
The Australian War Memorial: one of Canberra’s most iconic sites. Photo: Visit Canberra.

Reflect on the spirit of the Aussie digger

While you are in Canberra, don’t miss the Australian War Memorial and its vast collection of everything from bombers and fighters, submarines, tanks and guns to newspaper reports, soldiers’ diaries and letters home. Search for the names of loved ones on the memorial wall, visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and reflect on the spirit of the Aussie digger that has made Australia what it is today.

There is a whole range of special events and exhibits going on for the centenary of the First World War and a lot of photographs and artefacts that will have you captivated. It’s a chilling experience to stand under the World War Two Avro Lancaster bomber “G for George” and listen to the sounds of a night raid over Germany.

Do whatever it takes to be in the Memorial forecourt at closing time, when a lone bugler plays The Last Post. This stirring ceremony tugs at the heart strings. Afterwards, you might like to stroll down Anzac Parade to see some of the memorials to those who sacrificed themselves in world conflicts. The view from here sweeps across the lake to both old and new Parliament Houses.

If you go:

Australian War Memorial
Treloar Crescent, Campbell
Canberra ACT 2612
Tel: +61 (0)2 6243 4211

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