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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Black Mountain Tower

Black Mountain Tower is a telecommunication tower that is situated in Canberra an Australian capital city of. It is also known as Telstra Tower and Telecom Tower. The Tower was opened on 15 May 1980 by the Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. The height of the tower is 195.2 meters. It is not only a landmark in Canberra but also offers panoramic views of the city.

Black Mountain Tower provides vital communication facilities for Canberra along with both indoor and outdoor observation decks, a cafe and a gift shop as well as the revolving Alto Tower Restaurant. There are three floors of business, sales and radio communication facilities located between the 30.5 meter and 42.7 meter levels providing space for communication dishes, platforms and equipment for mobile services within the tower.

Black Mountain Tower is situated at the summit of Black Mountain in Canberra and it has become one of the most symbolic landmarks in Canberra and a major tourist attraction with a total of over six million visitors.

Visitors can reach the tower by car from the Black Mountain Drive turnoff on Clunies Ross Street, near the Australian National Botanic Gardens entrance. Day Tours coach companies in Canberra also include visits to the tower in their itineraries. ACTION buses also provide a service to and from the City during weekends, public holidays and school holidays. The tower viewing platforms are open from 9 am to 10 pm seven days a week. The entry fee is adults - $7.50, children (4 - 16 years) - $3.00 and infants under 4 years free. A family pass is also available for 2 adults and 2children - $17.

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