Australia

Canberra by Burley Griffin

Canberra, being populated totally by government administrators, is about as Kafkaesque a city as you would expect. For example, the tourist bureau is not open on Tuesday. Why?
It is located quite literally in the middle of nowhere and away from all centres of trade and economic production, the result of a compromise between putting the seat of Australia’s government in Melbourne or Sydney. The compromise was not exact, as it is 287 km from Sydney and 663 km from Melbourne, which seems fair.
Physically it is quite charming, albeit totally confusing due to the circular road networks around the centrepiece that is Lake Burley Griffin. Said lake is named after the American architect who won an international competition in 1912 and designed Canberra.
I’m sure it made complete sense on paper.
Take a scenic trip around the lake. Canberra airport elevation is 1,869 ft so cruise at about 3,000 ft for a good view.

Waypoints


DESIGNATED: WP 1 - Comms Tower (Telstra Tower on Black Mountain)


WP 1 - Comms Tower (Telstra Tower on Black Mountain)
DESIGNATED: WP 2 - Scrivener Dam


WP 2 - Scrivener Dam

WP 3 - Parliament House
DESIGNATED: WP 4 - Australian American Memorial

WP 3 - Parliament House

WP 4 - Australian American Memorial

WP 4 - Australian American Memorial

WP 4 - Australian American Memorial

Crowds gathered for Australia Day, January 26th, celebratingthe 1788 landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove and raising of the Union Flag by Arthur Phillip.

Lake Burley Griffin is named after the architect who won an international competition in 1912 and designed Canberra.

The National Museum of Australia.

Canberra (YSCB)

Canberra (YSCB)