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Captain Cook Memorial Jet

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by Felicity Banks (subscribe)
I'm a writer of interactive and normal novels including steampunk fantasy app books set mainly in Australia. Banks
Published December 3rd 2012
Sitting on top of this will NOT catapult you merrily upwards
One of Canberra's many lovable follies is the Captain Cook Water Jet, located close to the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Lake Burley Griffin. This photo was taken from the tourist-oriented Regatta Point peninnsula. The water goes up to 147 metres, and it's on from 11:00am to 2:00pm every day much to the annoyance of pedestrians on the bridge, if the wind is blowing towards them.

Yep, I certainly was pregnant when this photo was taken!

You can see Parliament House (that'd be the one with the flag on top) and the classical Greek-style National Library through the spray. The white building on the left is Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre (which is a lot more fun than the name makes it sound I used to work there, and loved it).
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Why? That's the question a LOT of people ask.
When: 2:00pm-4:00pm daily
Phone: 6271 2888
Where: Lake Burley Griffin, near the Commonwealth Bridge
Cost: Free
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