Commonwealth Avenue (Canberra)

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Commonwealth Avenue
Australian Capital Territory
Commonwealth Avenue, from Capital Hill.png
Commonwealth Avenue, from Capital Hill
General information
Type Highway
Length 2.26 km (1.4 mi)
Route number(s)
  • A23
  • (Vernon Circle to State Circle)
Tourist routes
Major junctions
North end
 
South end
Location(s)
District Canberra Central
Major suburbs City, Acton, Parkes, Yarralumla, Capital Hill
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Road infrastructure in Canberra

Commonwealth Avenue is a major road in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. It connects Civic with South Canberra. Specifically, it runs between City Hill and Capital Hill.

The first Commonwealth Avenue Bridge was constructed in 1928. It replaced a ford across the Molonglo River.

The road is six lanes wide with a wide median down the middle. It crosses Lake Burley Griffin over the Commonwealth Bridge. It is connected with Parkes Way by freeway style on-ramps. Along its length on the northern side are the Catholic Archbishop's residence and Commonwealth Park. On the south side of the lake the road is lined with large trees and is bounded by the suburb of Parkes on the east and Yarralumla on the west. Significant sites along this stretch include the Albert Hall, the Hotel Canberra and the High Commissions of the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada.

Upon reaching Capital Hill, the road turns into Capital Circle which circles around Parliament House before connecting with Adelaide Avenue which connects it with Woden Valley. There is a ramp at the end of Commonwealth Avenue which allows access to Parliament House.

Between the spans on the southern side are two granite stones from the 1817 Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames in London. These were presented to Australia after the 1817 bridge was demolished in the 1940s and replaced by a modern structure. A plaque reads, in part, "Stones such as these from the bridge were presented to Australia and other parts of the British world to further historic links in the British Commonwealth of Nations."

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See also[edit]

Portal icon Australian Roads portal

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing