The National Carillon, on Aspen Island in Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin, was a gift from the British Government to celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary. And it is still looking modern and shiny 50 years on.
The footbridge to Aspen Island is named after John Douglas Gordon, who played the inaugural recital. The current carillonist can be greeted at the base of the tower approximately five minutes after the conclusion of the recital. While I can’t imagine him/her running the gauntlet through a huddle of screaming autograph hunters you may have a few questions. I have one - I have wondered what makes a person wake up one morning and say, “Hey, that’s what I want to be – a carillonist!”.
There are good views to be had from the top floor or you can enjoy the bells as you stroll around the lake or relax in Kings Park. Disabled parking and access to the National Carillon on Aspen Island is available.
Recitals are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 12:30pm to 1:20pm. Here is a link to a virtual tour of the carillon.
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