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Families seek higher ground for Australia Day fireworks

It wouldn't be an Australia Day celebration in Canberra without a firework spectacular over Lake Burley Griffin.

Families and couples arrived early on Tuesday evening to reserve space on the grass outside the National Library and at Regatta Point; the closer to the Captain Cook memorial jet the better.

Many Canberrans took advantage of their boats moored in Yarralumla to seek the perfect vantage spot, although their proximity was carefully monitored by the ACT water police.

Wendy Craig, who has been spending Australia Day in Commonwealth Park with her family for more than 20 years, said fireworks had improved with every year.

"We had breakfast this morning at the rotary club with family friends and then we went home to do the Aussie thing with a barbeque and some time in garden," she said

"We come here every year in the same spot to watch the fireworks. We love the family atmosphere and I just love our city."

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Other Canberrans avoided the busy Parliamentary Triangle and climbed Mount Ainslie and Red Hill to seek an elevated view of the fireworks.

Technicians kept a careful on the sky throughout the afternoon to ensure the fireworks would not be spoiled by showers forecast for the territory.

The fireworks eventually began at 9pm brining cheers to the crowd. 

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