Friday, March 25, 2011

Go tell it on the mountain

Black Mountain Tower (aka Telstra Tower) sits on the top of Black Mountain, strangely enough. The tower opened in 1980, reaches 195 metres beyond the mountain summit, and is a major telecommunications facility as well as a very recognisable landmark on Canberra's skyline.

It's a great place to visit, offering 360 degree views over the city and surrounding area. Be aware that it can be very cold on the outer viewing platform, so dress warmly in the cooler months!

Black Mountain Tower viewing gallery and the Panorama Cafe and Gift Shop
Black Mountain Drive, off Clunies Ross Street (near the entrance to the Australian National Botanic Gardens)
Phone 1800 806 718
Open 9.00am-10.00pm daily, including Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Admission charge: Adults $7.50 / Aged pensioners $3.00 / Children 4-16 years $3.00 / Children under 4 years Free / Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) $17

Alto Tower Restaurant (revolving restaurant)
Open for lunch Thursday-Sunday from 12pm; dinner Tuesday-Sunday from 6pm. Closed Mondays. Reservations (02) 6219 6140

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