Captain James Cook Memorial

Captain James Cook Memorial

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The Captain James Cook Memorial is on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin - and in the lake!

This memorial comprises a water jet and a nearby terrestrial globe commemorating the bicentenary of Captain Cook's landing on the east coast of Australia in 1770. The water jet reaches a height of 114 metres. The bronze globe uses meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude to form an open-cage map of the world, with land masses depicted in copper. Lines on the globe illustrate Captain Cook's voyages.

The jet and globe were both refurbished in 2017. The jet operates from 11 am - 2 pm daily unless under maintenance.

  • Water Jet and Bronze Globe
    Captain Cook Memorial
  • Family viewing Captain Cook Memorial Jet from the RG Menzies Walk in Canberra.
    Viewing the Captain Cook Memorial Jet from the RG Menzies Walk.
  • Couple cycling past Captain Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra
    Couple cycling past Captain Cook Memorial Jet
  • Bronze Globe of Voyages
    Captain Cook Memorial
  • Captain Cook Memorial Jet from Regatta Point
    Captain Cook Memorial Jet



Daily: 11 am - 2 pm




Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance.

Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times.

Suitable for guests with high support needs who uses a hoist and always travel with a carer.

Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf.


Captain James Cook Memorial

Lake Burley Griffin and Shore, Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


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Ranked #81 of 224 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

“Canberra landmark!”

Reviewed on 21/10/2019

The Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet is a Canberra landmark. It is a great sight and can be seen from a number of spots at some distance. We have seen it on many occasions when visiting Canberra...

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Dimitris L

“Amazing to see”

Reviewed on 12/08/2019

Spent 5 days in Canberra and the water jet is visible from many locations. Not sure how often the jet is on as it wasn’t working everytime we went past, but we stopped on a couple of occasions just...

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“Shoot For The Stars”

Reviewed on 26/07/2019

This looks beautiful in the lake and makes a lovely setting. It certainly powers up to a great height but even though it does this, it is not something I would go purposely to see. If you are going...

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