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  •   Canberra - Untourist Attractions

•   Mt Stromlo Exploratory
Part of the Mt Stromlo Observatory, the Exploratory provides an educational look at astronomy in its public visitor centre. Features include hands-on exhibits, events and tours. You can purchase souvenirs, gifts and educational products.

•   Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex
This is a NASA tracking station situated just outside Canberra. It contains a collection of space memorabilia, models, theatres and interactive exhibits, covering the past forty years of space flight and exploration. See a piece of moon rock or check out the latest images from Mars.

•   Arts at ANU
The Australian National University campus occupies an enviable lakeside position within easy walking distance of the city. The Drill Hall Gallery hosts periodic exhibitions by a range of artists and entry is free. The ANU Sculpture Walk features over 50 sculptures throughout the campus.

•   National Film and Sound Archive
Formerly known as ScreenSound Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive plays a leading role in collecting and preserving Australia's unique film, TV and sound heritage. It documents films, modern radio and TV news coverage and music industry releases. It has constant new exhibitions, screenings, live presentations and product releases. Tours are available.

•   Cycling in Canberra
Canberra is a great city for the cyclist. Take a bike ride along one of the many tracks and trails to see aspects of the city you may otherwise miss. Ther eis a comprehensive cycle map, showing bike riding tracks and trails within the ACT, including several rides along and around Lake Burley Griffin. Yo can pick up the map (small charge) from the Visitors Centre and most bike shops.

•   Canberra Railway Museum
This museum is not far from Canberra Railway Station, and includes memorabilia and photographs of the railways of Canberra and Monaro districts. A collection of locomotives and carriages are housed at the museum, including steam locomotives and carriages from the turn of the century. On the last Sunday of most months, trips aboard the Tin Hare rail motor are available.

•   Celebrate Canberra
In March, locals and visitors alike are invited to Celebrate Canberra. There are lots of family-friendly activities, many of which are free.

•   High Court of Australia
Public visitors may view the Great Hall, the three courtrooms and the cafeteria. The Great Hall includes an educational display and video area, and often features exhibitions or performances by cultural organisations. Court attendants are on hand at strategic points in the building to explain the operation of the court, its history and to guide you through the building.

•   National Library
The National Library is more than just a collection of books. The collections include pamphlets, posters, maps, personal diaries and manuscripts, oral histories and electronic media. Admission is free and there is also an interesting free behind the scenes tour of the library on Tuesdays.

•   Blundells Cottage
On the shores of Lake Burley Griffin lies Blundells Cottage, a farm workers cottage dating from 1830 when the area was farmland. The cottage contains an interesting collection of historic household goods.

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