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Published July 23rd 2019
Wherever you are, you'll always spot Telstra Tower


Telstra Tower stands at an impressive 195 metres above the summit of the beautiful Black Mountain and offers 360-degree stunning views over the city of Canberra. With its rural surroundings, the concrete Telstra Tower building is made up of a 90-tonne steel mast that is socketed into the concrete Tower which is designed to sway 1.5 metres from the centre. It is definitely one impressive structure to visit!



Telstra Tower stands tall, giving the impression that the Tower is almost guarding the Australian capital city and its beautiful natural surrounds. Wherever you go in Canberra, Telstra Tower can always be spotted. It is the focal point of the Australian Capital Territory, and you really take in the magical sights of Canberra when you visit this captivating attraction.



The city of Canberra nestles, like an oasis, amidst an Australian rural backdrop, as well as the spectacular bush setting of Black Mountain and the surrounding nature reserve, making Telstra Tower a place where endless remarkable views can be admired.

The walking path to Telstra Tower


Since its opening in 1980, the Tower is Canberra's popular landmark and features an indoor observation deck and two outdoor viewing platforms. From the observation deck and the two outdoor viewing platforms, you will be captivated by the 360-degree view over the city and in the evening, views of the glittering night sky and magnificent views of the city under lights can be admired too.



Whether it is during the day or at night, it is always fun to try to spot out other attractions in Canberra from the Telstra Tower, including the Parliament House, The War Memorial, The Royal Australian Mint, The National Library and others.



Telstra Tower is also known as Black Mountain Tower and was formally called Telecom Tower. It is a telecommunications tower and lookout that is named after Australia's largest telecommunications company, Telstra Corporation, who have owned and operated the Tower since 1980.

A replica model of the Tower


The Tower provides essential communications facilities for the National Capital including major trunk line radio telephony facilities, television transmissions, mobile radio telephone, and cellular phone base stations.

Views of Canberra from the inside viewing areas


In 1970, the Postmaster General at the time commissioned the Commonwealth Department of Housing and Construction to carry out a study in relation to a tower on Black Mountain that will accommodate both communication services and facilities for visitors. The tower was to replace the microwave relay station of Red Hill and the television broadcast masts already on Black Mountain.



During the approval of the tower, protests arose with some people feeling that the tower would dominate other aesthetic Canberra structures due to its location above Black Mountain and within a nature reserve.



In May 1980, Telstra Tower was opened by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and it was officially named Telecom Tower, and when the telecommunications company was rebranded in 1983 it became Telstra Tower.

This twice award-winning (for outstanding design) attraction is a must-do tourist stop for every roaming visitor or for those wanting to experience a different perspective of Canberra. Be sure to add this attraction to your itinerary!



The Tower is also home to a theatrette, café offering 'coffee with a view' and gift shop as well as Canberra's highest operating posting box. This 1912-13 vintage postbox is one of the earliest styles found in Australia and is emptied daily Monday-Friday.



Telstra Tower can be reached by car from Black Mountain Drive turn-off on Clunies Ross Street, near the entrance to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. There is a free car park available onsite.

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Why? See a different perspective of Canberra & beyond
When: Daily, 9am-10pm
Where: 100 Black Mountain Dr, Acton
Cost: Adults: $7.50pp, Pensioners: $3pp, Children (4-16yrs): $3pp, Children under 4yrs: Free & Family (2 adults 2 kids): $17 per family
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