Quality Hotel Woden
Crnr Melrose Drive & Launcesto
Canberra, AC 2606
Phone: (61) 2 62817733
Fax: (61) 2 62817730
The Xeriscape gardens are managed by ACTEW (ACT Electricity and Water) to demonstrate and encourage people to save water. This is done through mulching garden beds, reducing the need for water, composting and grouping of plants. There are native plants mixed with exotics and an earthworks area. Demonstrations of pruning roses and native plants and composting are some of the activities held regularly. These are advertised in The Canberra Times. Guided tours of the gardens are available on request.
Here is your chance to really "make" some money. This tour allows you to mint your own AUD1 coin as well as view the large coin collection on site. Find out Governor Macquarie's unique solution to the 1813 coin shortage, discover "Adelaide Ingots" and the 1930-penny that was never meant to exist. This unique exhibit is perfect for coin collections and kids alike (both big and little!) The Coin Shop allows you to take some treasures home and the cafe offers a quiet spot to put your feet up and enjoy a snack.
Opened in 1997, the Vishnu Shiva Mandir is a small slice of India in the suburbs of Canberra. This Hindu temple is an eye-catching, joyous-looking building, painted with bright colours and decorated with ornamental statuettes of gods and goddesses nestled amongst the domes. All visitors are welcome at the Mandir, but should remove their shoes, wash face and hands, and sprinkle water on their heads before entering. Inside, there is a large, carpeted area for worshiping before the shrine. There is also a library and a shop, which sells books, cassettes and worship items.
The Baha'i faith was founded in Baghdad in 1863 and officially established in Canberra in 1957 with only a few members. It is now a flourishing community consisting of about 130 members. The Baha'i Centre is located at Weston, about ten minutes from the city center. The Baha'i religion promotes oneness across all religions and backgrounds and is based on the teachings of Bahha'u'llah, the prophet founder of the Baha'i faith, which now has approximately five million members worldwide.
Formed during a period of intense volcanic activity 420 million years ago, Mount Taylor marks the northern edge of the Tuggeranong Valley. This steep hill has exposed igneous rocks near the summit and weathered volcanic soils on the slopes and base. There are several walking trails along Sulwood Drive and Athlon Drive, but the Athlon Drive access trail allows you to drive part of the way. The climb to the summit is demanding but the views are outstanding, overlooking the Tuggeranong Valley, and to the north a vista over Woden Valley to the city and beyond.
Just for the afternoon, step back in time and see life as it was in the early 1900s. Built in 1927, this homestead has been preserved with its original furnishings and appliances. The stunning old photographs and personal treasures tell their own stories as you walk through this forgotten time. Located in the picturesque suburb of Red Hill, the gardens surrounding the homestead are meticulously manicured and offer the perfect place for weddings, photo opportunities or an afternoon amble. Public and school holiday events are hosted throughout the year, and the gardens can be hired for private events. Treat yourself to a fine example of Australia's history. Calthorpe's House can be seen by tour only.
Government House is located along Dunrossil Drive, a long tree-lined avenue perfect for photographs or a brisk walk. As the official residence of the Governor General of Australia, Government House is the location for many formal events, such as the presentation of the Order of Australia Awards. Set amid native bush land, the 80-year-old residence is nestled in lush, private gardens. Not usually open to the general public, visitors are treated to several open days each year. Information is available from the Canberra Tourism Center. A lookout from nearby Lady Denman Drive offers magnificent views of Canberra.
Situated on 1.8 hectares in the shadow of New Parliament House, the Lodge is the official residence of the Australian Prime Minister. Built in 1927 specifically for this purpose, the house is furnished in 1920s style, and features work from Australian artists of that period. The immaculate grounds feature a stunning native garden, tennis court, croquet lawn, swimming pool and even a vegetable garden. The Lodge is not usually open to the public, however there are several open days throughout the year.
Named after Charles Scrivener, the government surveyor who first saw the potential of damming the Molonglo River to form an ornamental lake, work finally began in September 1960. In 1964, the lake was filled and inaugurated as Lake Burley-Griffin by the then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies. The dam is 36 meters above road level and consists of a concrete section with five-meter high floodgates, which can be lowered to release flood waters. Each floodgate is 32 meters long and can be operated independently. The dam created a lake of 664 hectares in surrounding parkland of 843 hectares.
The Canberra Mosque, opened in 1960, is a simple building made of grey cement blocks. There is a large green dome on top, and framed writings of the Koran in Arabic, decorate the inside walls. The mosque is small by world standards and accommodates just 300 inside. Visitors are welcome in the courtyard, surrounding grounds and inside the mosque except during prayer times. Visitors should respect the Muslim culture by dressing appropriately. The five prayer times vary according to the season, but are usually at dawn, midday, mid-afternoon, sunset and night.
The National Jewish Memorial Centre was opened in 1971 as a memorial for the Australian Jewish soldiers of World War I and World War II. The Synagogue provides for the needs of the Jewish Orthodox and Liberal communities. The building is in the shape of a hammer, one end being two-story. On the ground floor, there is a foyer, library and multi-purpose rooms, as well as the Orthodox Shule with the arc and scrolls.
The Free Serbian Orthodox Church of St George is a wonderful display of architecture, inside and out. It features magnificent murals painted in the 1950s, which took 4 years to complete. They are intricate and detailed, and cover the side walls, ceiling and altar screen inside the church, depicting episodes in Serbian history as well as biblical scenes.