Memorials Walking Tour (Self Guided), Canberra

Owing to Australia's long history of participation in overseas conflicts and peacekeeping missions, there are are a number of fascinating war memorials around the Australian capital. These monuments mark the thousands of Australians who have died in wartime. Take the following tour to discover the most important memorials in Canberra.
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Memorials Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Memorials Walking Tour
Guide Location: Australia » Canberra (See other walking tours in Canberra)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Australian War Memorial
  • Anzac Parade Campbell
  • Australian Merchant Navy Memorial
  • National Carillon
  • National Police Memorial Australia
  • Australian–American Memorial
Australian War Memorial

1) Australian War Memorial (must see)

The Australian War Memorial is Australia's national memorial to the members of all its armed forces and supporting organizations who have died or participated in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. The memorial includes an extensive national military museum. The Australian War Memorial was opened in 1941, and is widely regarded as one of the most significant memorials of its type in the world. The Memorial is located in Australia's capital, Canberra. The Australian War Memorial consists of three parts - the Commemorative Area (shrine) including the Hall of Memory with the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, the Memorial's galleries (museum) and Research Centre (records). The Memorial also has an outdoor Sculpture Garden. The Memorial is currently open daily from 10am until 5pm, except on Christmas Day.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Anzac Parade Campbell

2) Anzac Parade Campbell

ANZAC Parade, a significant road and thoroughfare in the Australian capital Canberra, is used for ceremonial occasions and is the site of many major military memorials. Named in honor of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps of World War I, ANZAC Parade joins Gallipoli Reach of Lake Burley Griffin in the south and the Australian War Memorial to the north, is on the main axis between Parliament House and Mount Ainslie, and is the bisector of Constitution Avenue that forms the side of the Parliamentary Triangle between Civic and Russell Hill. The Parade is flanked by Eucalyptus trees on gently sloping banks either side of the three-lane. On ANZAC Day 25 April 2006 Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Ian Campbell announced that ANZAC Parade along with the Australian War Memorial would be added to the National Heritage List.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Australian Merchant Navy Memorial

3) Australian Merchant Navy Memorial

The Australian Merchant Navy Memorial is located in Kings Park, on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, the national capital city of Australia. Inscription: "In honour of those of the Australian Merchant Navy who gave their lives for their country and have no known grave but the sea. They will be remembered for ever more. 1914-1918 1939-1945." The memorial was unveiled on 7 October 1990 by His Excellency The Honourable Bill Hayden AC, Governor-General of Australia. The memorial symbolises the Merchant Navy and the sea. It consists of seven columns, a dias, concrete drums, and a flagpole.
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Carillon

4) National Carillon (must see)

The National Carillon, situated on Aspen Island in central Canberra, Australia is a large carillon managed and maintained by the National Capital Authority on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. The carillon was a gift from the British government to the people of Australia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Capital, Canberra. The 50 meter tall National Carillon tower was designed by Western Australian architects Cameron, Chisholm & Nicol. The concept initially came from an architect Mr Don Ho working in Cameron Chisholm & Nicol in 1968. Although not large, the carillon features function facilities for small gatherings offering wonderful views over Lake Burley Griffin and central Canberra.
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Police Memorial Australia

5) National Police Memorial Australia

Australia's National Police Memorial is in the national capital, Canberra, in King's Park on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin adjacent to the National Carillon on Aspen Island. It commemorates Australian police who have died on duty. The two key elements of the design are a bronze commemorative wall with 'touchstone plaques' carrying the name and rank, date of death and place of death, of police officers who have died whilst on active duty; a large stone paved area or 'terrain' across which visitors move to gain access to the wall. The surface of the touchstone wall is clad in cast bronze panels with a slight textural feel and a dark patina. The surface of the cladding is smooth enough to allow the patina to have a gloss wax finish. There are 1200 touchstones, which is meant to symbolise the ongoing danger for police on duty.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Australian–American Memorial

6) Australian–American Memorial

The Australian–American Memorial is in Canberra, the national capital of Australia, and commemorates the role of the United States in World War II.

The memorial is a hollow, octagonal, tapered column with a steel framework sheeted with aluminium panels that were sandblasted to give the appearance of stone. Two murals feature at the base, one relating the story of American combat in the Pacific and the other a profile map of the United States in copper. The column is surrounded by a water-filled moat about 3m wide. Under the dedication is a bronze wreath where floral wreaths are often laid on official commemorations. The column is topped with a bronze sphere surmounted by a stylised figure of the American Eagle by the distinguished sculptor, Paul Beadle. The height is 258 feet. The eagle and sphere are together around 11m high.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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