Australian War Memorial

Looking for tourist attractions in Canberra? The Australian War Memorial is one of Canberra’s best local attractions…

When you visit and stay in Canberra, one local attraction should be on top of your “Canberra things to do” list.

Every Australian should visit this beautiful shrine to those that have served at least once. It’s quiet halls and gardens of reflection build a solumn mood that can be quite overwhelming to some visitors. Getting to the Australian War Memorial when you are staying in Canberra is easy. You can catch excellent public transport from your hotel or accommodation house or you can drive and park. Tourist brochures are available from Mercure Canberra.

The best collection of military memorabilia in the country is housed here, along with the largest collection of The Victoria Cross (VC), including the one most recently awarded in January 2009 to Trooper Mark Donaldson for his actions in the war in Afghanistan.

You can easily spend the entire day browsing the collections, which include

  • art
  • photographs
  • film and sound recordings
  • private correspondence
  • personal items
  • massive field guns
  • firearms
  • tanks and vehicles
  • aircraft.

If you would like a more in depth visit, there are free guided 90 minute highlight tours of the galleries every day. Tours leave from the Orientation Gallery every 30 minutes, starting at 10am until 2pm. Group visits can also receive a tailored tour to suit their interests…a great way to highlight your group’s “Tourist attractions in Canberra ” experience.

It is not a sad experience visiting the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, as there are many tales of humour, mateship and adventure that will ensure you leave with a feeling of gratitude and respect for those that overcame so much adversity in their lives. It makes you proud to be an Australian.

The Australian War Memorial is just a short distance from Mercure Canberra, Canberra’s most famous Hotel. Mercure Canberra and The Australian War Memorial…a perfect combination for your ‘tourist attractions in Canberra’ tour.

The Australian War Memorial – Roll of Honour Name Projections

During the Centenary period, the name of each of the 62,000 Australians who gave their lives during the First World War will be projected onto the façade of the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial.

The names will be displayed from sunset to sunrise every night, and can be seen from the Memorial’s grounds. Each name will be visible for 30 seconds.

This special commemoration runs from 4 August 2014 until 11 November 2018. During this period, the entire set of 62,000 names will be displayed about 30 times.

Search the Roll of Honour to help you find out when a particular person’s name will be projected. This site provides the estimated date and time at which the name will be displayed. The information will be updated during the Centenary period.