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Unit 5
The Central National Area

Mapping the National Capital
Activity

Setting the scene

The National Capital's central national area contains symbols and structures of the nation's culture, history and aspirations.

The geometric centre of Walter Burley Griffin's original design, it provides the focus for the Seat of Government, cultural institutions and the recreation areas of the capital. It is often the location for events, memorials, protests, parades and the workings of democracy, all of which add meaning to the National Capital and are a source of pride for Australians.

Use the MAPPING THE NATIONAL CAPITAL map to complete the following activity.

What to do

Locate cultural institutions and commemorative areas on the National Capital map using geographical tools.

You will need

Follow the coordinates to locate the exact position of each site.

1. Parliament House to Old Parliament House

36°

800m

2. Old Parliament House to Questacon

19°

450m

3. Questacon to the National Library

322°

280m

4. The National Library to Commonwealth Place

98°

440m

5. Commonwealth Place to the High Court

150°

220m

6. The High Court to the National Gallery

150°

160m

7. The National Gallery to the National Carillon

70°

540m

8. The National Carillon to the National Capital Exhibition

312°

1360m

Locate the Captain Cook Memorial Jet.

a. Parliament House to the Captain Cook Memorial Jet

15°

b. The National Carillon to the Captain Cook Memorial Jet

304°

c. City Hill to the Captain Cook Memorial Jet

176°

Be creative

Once you have found the location of a site or structure, create an icon that represents its role and purpose.

Locate and label the three distinct areas of Lake Burley Griffin: Central Basin,
West Basin and East Basin.

MAPPING THE NATIONAL CAPITAL

Mapping the National Capital