Located in the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory and in the south-east of New South Wales, Canberra is the capital city of Australia. The location of Canberra was a compromise between rivals and Australia’s two largest cities – Sydney and Melbourne. The population of Canberra is just under 400,000 people.
There are various activities and sightseeing for local families and tourists. Questacon is the national science and technology centre that contains over 200 interactive exhibits related to science and technology. Cockington Green Gardens is a park that contains the miniature versions of famous buildings and landmarks around the world set in landscaped gardens, and has won an Australian Tourism Award. Children will also enjoy the Big Splash Water Mountain waterpark and the Dinosaur Museum.
Canberra is the city where Muslim tourists and locals can primarily discover and explore the history of Australia through its numerous national landmarks, museums and galleries. Opened in 1941, the Australian War Memorial is Australia’s national commemoration to those who have died or participated in wars concerning the Commonwealth of Australia, while the National Gallery of Australia is home to Australia’s largest art museum, boasting more than 150,000 works of art.
As well as historic sites, Canberra is famous for its parks, lakes and gardens. Lake Tuggeranong is an artificial lake, created by the construction of a dam in 1987. It is a popular recreational site, where tourists can go swimming, fishing and wind-surfing. There is also a path surrounding the lake, which is suitable for leisurely walking as well as cycling.
The major shopping centres located in Canberra are Belconnen Westfield and Civic’s Canberra Centre. Numerous markets are spread across the city for the enjoyment of tourists and locals. The Old Bus Depot Markets, which opens every Sunday, is famous for its markets and stalls that contain hand-crafted goods, jewellery, clothes, artworks and food.
Getting Here/Transportation Facilities
Canberra Airport is the airport serving the city of Canberra. It is located 6.6km from the city centre. The airport can be reached primarily through car, hire car, taxi or shuttle bus.
The most accessible method to travel around Canberra is using the bus service, cycling, walking or driving.
There are a wide range of Halal restaurants in Canberra available for Muslim tourists and locals. Cuisines include Indian, Indonesian, Lebanese, Turkish and Malaysian.
For more details, visit http://www.halalsquare.com.au/canberra/
There are several praying facilities, musallahs and mosques located in Canberra. Canberra Mosque and Canberra Islamic Centre are utilised by locals and visitors. For a complete list of mosques located in Canberra, visit http://www.idca.org.au/mosques-centres/m-act.html
Top Ten Things to Do and See in Canberra
1. Australian War Memorial – national military commemoration
2. Parliament House – meeting place of the Parliament of Australia
3. National Museum of Australia – preservation of social history
4. National Dinosaur Museum – largest display of prehistoric specimens
5. National Gallery of Australia – largest art museum in Australia
6. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – nature reserves and walking tracks
7. Big Splash Water Mountain – only waterpark in Canberra
8. Black Mountain Telstra Tower – telecommunications tower and lookout
9. Lake Tuggeranong – artificial lake for swimming and fishing
10. Cockington Green Gardens – park of miniatures