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Five hidden Canberra gems that even you might have missed

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In search of something different, Canberra?

Here are five surprising local experiences you might want to try from the literal authority in all things local, the National Capital Authority.

Play tennis at the Old Parliament House Senate Gardens


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You’ll be hard pressed to find a more fragrant and scenic tennis court than that found in the Old Parliament House Senate Gardens.

Grab your racket and your friends and head down for a hit.

Book a court here.

Picnic at Aspen Island


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While locals may have heard the bells of the National Carillon on a routine walk around Lake Burley Griffin, many may not have taken the time to experience its beauty up close.

Why not pack a picnic and enjoy a recital from Aspen Island, performed on Wednesdays and Sundays 12:30 – 1:20 pm?

A playground for all abilities


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Canberra’s first all abilities playground, Boundless– The Centenary of Canberra National Playground, is located on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin at Kings Park.

The playground caters to different levels of ability and was initiated as a project to celebrate Canberra’s centenary.

It is a place where children, young people and their families can play, socialise, be challenged and have lots of fun.

A driving tour of the Yarralumla Diplomatic Estate


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Did you know that the Embassy of the United States was the first embassy built in Canberra, built with bricks made at the Canberra Brickworks, and the first to introduce the notion of design characteristics representative of the culture of each mission’s home country? And that the Embassy of Finland is designed to look like Ilmarinen, an armoured Finnish navy vessel?

Discover the embassies and consulates that call Canberra home and what influenced their design with a driving tour through Yarralumla.

Download your driving guide here.

A copy of the Magna Carta, just for you


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The Magna Carta monument is a symbol of the ties between the peoples of Australia and Great Britain.

Funded through a national appeal and generous gift from the British government, the monument was a Centenary of Federation gift to the people of Australia.

The design is based on an ancient English funeral mound or barrow, which has been cut away to reveal the treasure inside (being the Magna Carta).

A copper dome sits over the monument, with words cut out of the copper around it – these are the Latin text of chapter 29 of the 1297 version of Magna Carta).

There are bronze panels of text between the two sets of images on the wall and more panels in between the paired wooden columns – these are suitable for brass rubbing.

Imagine sharing with your friends your very own copy of the Magna Carta!

Magna Carta Place, Langton Crescent, Parkes | Find out more here.

Feature image: Phuong Nguyen via Facebook

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