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Captain James Cook Memorial

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

Overview

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.

Map of the venue locationMap of the venue location
Lake Burley Griffin and Shore, Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaGet Directions

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor ratingBased on 68 reviews

“No water jetting from the fountain.”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 3w ago by Dan L

Our guide pointed out the location of the fountain in Lake Burley Griffin, but all was calm, and we had to move on to our stop having waited some ten minutes to see the fountain in operation. Timed...

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“Very interesting visit”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 9mos ago by Amanda N

We got a very warm welcome when we visited with my sons assistance dog. The people around the house were very knowledgeable about the house and Captain Cook. Is was a very interesting and informative...

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“Memorial Jet.”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 1yr ago by AndyJohn74

This water jet is located within Lake Burley Griffin, just south of the National Capital Exhibition. Dedicated in 1970, it was designed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Captain James Cooks...

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  • Lawn / Gardens
  • Picnic Area
  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
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  • Caters for people with high support needs who travel with a support person.
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