Your self guided walking tour from the steps of Old Parliament House around the democratic heart of our nation.
Stand on the steps of Old Parliament House and look down the magnificent vista of Walter Burley Griffin's prize-winning 1912 plan for the nation's capital. The plan was designed around Land and Water Axes.
The Land Axis extends from Mount Ainslie through to Capital Hill (the location of Parliament House), and then behind and beyond to Mount Bimberi in the Brindabella Range. The Water Axis extends from Black Mountain, location of Telstra Tower, on the left, through to the Australian-American Memorial on the right, and follows the line of Constitution Avenue on the northern side of the lake.
In the distance, nestled beneath Mount Ainslie, is the Australian War Memorial - a symbol of the spirit of the Australian nation. The visually powerful Anzac Parade, with its memorials on either side, leads from the Australian War Memorial to the waters of Lake Burley Griffin.
On this side of the lake, it is possible to catch a glimpse of the International Flag Display, which represents those nations maintaining a diplomatic presence in Canberra. At the lake's edge (but not visible) is Commonwealth Place, a place to celebrate, hold concerts, or just enjoy the view and have a coffee. It is possible to see the mound of Reconciliation Place - depicting Australians' shared journey towards reconciliation - just beyond the three large reflection pools. The white turret of Questacon is visible on the left, through the trees.
Magna Carta Walk will take you across the Land Axis to Magna Carta Place, up Federation Mall to Parliament House and back to Old Parliament House.
Walking is one of the best ways to experience to enjoy your national capital.