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Published January 5th 2015
You haven't seen it all until you've seen it from the tower
You can tell how long a person has lived in Canberra by the moniker they give to Telstra Tower. Someone new in town might call it "The Giant Syringe". Someone who's been around a while calls it "Telecom Tower" and someone who's been around longer still calls it "Black Mountain Tower".
In 1979 it won an award for "imaginative and effective use of concrete in a building" - and it genuinely earned it. Locals look for it on highways and flights into town, seeing it as the first iconic sight of home.
It peeks out from behind mountains and across school ovals and new suburbs all across Canberra, enhancing every view that falls in the right direction. In turn, it gives stunning 360-degree views from the enclosed or exposed viewing platforms (the higher platforms tend to be very windy).
The café is basic and the revolving restaurant is closed - but the views remain beautiful and unique. Every visitor to Canberra should take a trip up the tower, if only to see what is so different about our capital city: the trees.
Glenloch Interchange is close by, and so is Civic and many of Canberra's most important buildings - but the views from Telstra Tower are surprisingly scenic.
There is a museum downstairs, including a large rotating model of the tower itself.