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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

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“First time I have seen this water jet operating on many visits to Canberra.”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 1mo ago by westy54

The Memorial Jet was built to commemorate the Bicentenary of Captain James Cook's first sighting of the east coast of Australia. It was officially inaugurated in April 1970. When operating, the jet...

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“Canberra landmark!”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 2yrs ago by Dimitris L

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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“Amazing to see”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 2yrs ago by Niccers16

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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