Destination NSW
Australian Capital Territory
Canberra & SurroundsAffectionately called 'the bush capital' for its expansive nature reserves and surrounding mountain ranges, Canberra is home to important institutions such as Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, and the National Gallery of Australia.
Nestled in the heart of Australia, the vibrant city of Canberra is brimming with culture, natural beauty, and exciting adventures that will delight visitors of all ages. Begin your journey by exploring the city's cultural treasures, such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, and the National Museum of Australia. These world-renowned institutions offer a glimpse into the country's rich history and artistry, and are must-visit destinations for anyone interested in the unique stories and perspectives that shape Australia. A symbol of Australia's democracy and political history, Parliament House is a must-see attraction for any visitor to the nation's capital. The building's striking design and impressive architecture make it a standout feature of the city's skyline. Take a guided tour to explore the heart of Australian politics, learn about the workings of Parliament, and discover the history of this important institution. With breathtaking views over Lake Burley Griffin and the city, a visit to Parliament House is an essential part of any trip to Canberra. Next, venture out into the stunning natural landscapes that surround the city, such as the Namadgi National Park, the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, and the Cotter Dam. Here, you can take scenic hikes, spot local wildlife, and soak in the tranquil beauty of the Australian bushland. No trip to Canberra would be complete without experiencing its incredible food and wine scene. The region is home to some of the country's most innovative chefs and winemakers, who are passionate about using locally-sourced ingredients to create unforgettable culinary experiences. Visit the bustling farmers markets, sample award-winning wines at the cellar doors, or indulge in a leisurely long lunch at one of the region's many gourmet restaurants. For a unique and unforgettable adventure, take to the skies in a hot air balloon and witness the breathtaking views of the city and its surrounds from above. Or, explore the nearby town of Bungendore, with its charming local shops and artisans, and learn about the region's rich history of wool production and farming. As the day draws to a close, head back to Canberra and catch a performance at the iconic Canberra Theatre Centre or one of the city's many live music venues. Whether you're in the mood for a classical concert or a lively gig, Canberra's vibrant arts and culture scene has something to offer everyone. So pack your bags, and come and discover the wonders of this unique and captivating region.
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Things to do
Visit Remembrance Nature Park
This nature park commemorates the signing of the armistice on 11 November 1918 and the Aboriginal people who served in the armed forces. Walk through the park from the Australian War Memorial and join up with the Mount Ainslie Summit Trail. Make the most of the sealed trail through a series of interpretive signs.
See Parliament House in action
See democracy in action at Australia’s iconic Parliament House high on Capital Hill. During Question Time see the country’s elected politicians make the big decisions on behalf of the nation. Take a guided tour, visit the popular Queen's Terrace Cafe, view historic documents and see an impressive collection of Australian art including one of the world’s largest tapestries based on an Arthur Boyd design. Like the Facebook 'Visit Australian Parliament House' for up-to-date
National Gallery of Australia
Delight in the art and world-class exhibitions on show at the National Gallery of Australia, on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. Art lovers will enjoy meandering through the galleries and admiring the collection, which includes the famous 'Blue Poles' by Jackson Pollock and the Ned Kelly series by Sidney Nolan. The new Australian and International art galleries provide plenty of things to see, following a large-scale rehang of almost every piece. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection comprises over 7500 works and is the largest in the world. Tours and activities are a great way to get more out of your visit. One hour Gallery Highlight Tour available 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm daily.
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
A national icon of superb design and historical significance, Old Parliament House in Canberra is home to the Museum of Australian Democracy. As the first and only museum dedicated to telling the story of Australian democracy, the museum offers a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and activities for all ages. Be inspired by amazing stories of ordinary people who actively fought to shape today's society, discover where Australia has come from and get involved in where the country is headed. Forty-five minute guided tour available at 10.45 am, 11.45 am, 1.45 pm and 2.45 pm daily.
Enjoy the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Escape from the city in this beautiful collection of Australian plants at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, located minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Canberra city centre. Offering a breathtaking array of native plants in a spectacular bushland setting, this is the only place in the world you’ll see this diversity of Australian native plants in one location. With year-round events, school holiday programs, exhibitions, guided walks and talks, a cafe, botanical gift shop and even a day spa, this is the perfect way to connect to nature.
Pay respect at the Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial is pleased to be the recipient of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award for the number one landmark in both Australia and the South Pacific for 2016. Bringing together a world-class museum, a shrine and an extensive archive, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra is a moving and insightful experience for both young and old. Discover the diverse Australian experiences of war and connect with the stories of people and events that shaped Australia. With the purpose of commemorating the sacrifice of Australians who have died in the war, the Memorial is a place to pay your respects and discover what it means to be Australian. Ninety-minute guided tour available at 10 am, 10.15 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm daily.
Lake Burley Griffin
The masterful centrepiece of Canberra, the large and lovely Lake Burley Griffin is an ideal water playground, whether you’re into rowing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or fishing. Cyclists and walkers are well catered for along the 40km shoreline, and nothing beats a picnic in its numerous parks and gardens. For those seeking a more leisurely experience, take a cruise, catch a ferry, or simply enjoy the water views from one of the many lake-side cafes and restaurants.
Follow the Australians of the Year Walk
The Australians of the Year Walk is a permanent record of the Australians selected to be Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero. Take the lakeside walk, read about these Australians and discover this symbol of national aspiration and achievement for yourself. Search for the five metal strips that form the five stave lines of a music score. The plinths represent the notes to the music score of Advance Australia Fair, which can be read from West to East.
Walk Anzac Parade
Anzac Parade is the National Capital's major commemorative way. Walk the length of the parade past memorials dedicated to Australian and New Zealand service people who've fought and died in war. The red gravel central strip of this visually powerful landmark was originally made from crushed Canberra house bricks, chosen, in part, to echo the crunch made by military boots during a parade. Anzac Parade's dark eucalypt 'walls' are created by Victorian Blue Gum. Central planter boxes are sewn with native New Zealand Hebe 'Otari Delight' to symbolise the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps connection.
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
Discover the smarter way to have fun at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. There’s something for everyone as you experience science in extraordinary ways at this Gold Australian Tourism Award Winning tourist attraction. Free-fall down a six-metre slide, freeze your own shadow, experience an earthquake or challenge a robot to a game of air hockey. Little scientists will enjoy Mini Q as they play, discover and learn in an exhibition specifically designed for 0–6-year-olds. Questacon’s eight interactive exhibitions feature more than 200 hands-on experiences, designed for visitors of all ages to touch, play and explore. Questacon’s exhibitions cover a range of science topics, from astronomy to zoology and everything in between. No visit to Questacon is complete without watching—and perhaps taking a starring role—in a Spectacular Science Show. Questacon is only a short walk from the centre of Canberra and is in an ideal location for visitors to enjoy some of Canberra’s best tourist experiences. When you need a break, Questacon’s Café provides the perfect spot to recharge and refuel. Questacon’s Q Shop offers a range of science-themed toys, gifts and souvenirs to continue the Questacon experience after you leave.
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