Telstra Tower is Canberra’s iconic telecommunication tower rising 195.2 meters above the summit of Black Mountain.
It is not only a landmark and one of Canberra’s most visited tourist destinations but also offers 360 degree panoramic views of Canberra and its surrounding countryside. You can take in the spectacular scenery from an indoor observation deck, and two outdoor viewing platforms.
The tower was primarily built telecommunications purposes and has extensive facilities of this nature on the tower. However, it also has a café and Conference Centre offering spectacular outlooks.
The lower level of the Tower’s entrance foyer, houses the Telstra Heritage Exhibition which traces the history of Australian telecommunications as well as a theatre showcasing a video, produced shortly after the Tower opened in 1980 on the tower’s design and construction. Click HERE for the link.
The Tower has won two awards for outstanding design. The first was in 1979 when the Tower was nearing completion, for imaginative and effective use of concrete in a building. The second award was in 1980 where it won the Civic Design Award of the ACT Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.
This is another MUST see on your Canberra itinerary. It gives you a sense of the space and design of the city as well as a definite understanding of the nickname, “bush capital. I like to think of it as a sentinel – no matter where you are in Canberra, it can be seen, watching over you!