Arts, culture and heritage in Canberra
Soar above the city in a hot air balloon, try out world-class mountain biking tracks and explore the city’s famed museums and galleries. You can also meander through a million blooms during the annual spring festival, sample cool-climate wine, try the latest foodie hotspots and let the kids run wild.
Australia’s vibrant, multicultural capital city is just a short drive from the pristine beaches of the NSW South Coast and the beautiful Snowy Mountains.
Visit world-class national attractions, including the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. Most of the capital’s museums and galleries offer free entry and all of them are within a 10-minute drive of the city. Be sure to pay a visit to Australian Parliament House, on top of which you’ll find an Australian flag that is roughly the size of a double-decker bus.
Visit the inner-city foodie precincts of Braddon, NewActon and the Kingston Foreshore where you’ll find a delicious combination of hipster coffee shops and award-winning restaurants. You can also spend the day sampling the ACT region’s cool climate wines, with more than 30 cellar doors located within 35 minutes drive of Canberra.
Enjoying the great outdoors also comes naturally in the bush capital as Canberra transforms with a kaleidoscope of colours across four distinct seasons. Soar above Lake Burley Griffin in a hot air balloon, hike the mountainous surrounds or venture into our nearby national parks to get up close and personal with native Australian wildlife.
Visit one of Australia’s best known festivals, Floriade, and see why it attracts record-breaking crowds year after year. After dark, explore the illuminated wonderland that is Floriade NightFest, ride the Ferris wheel, see a comedy show and admire the flowers beds all lit up.
Don’t miss the stunning display of hot air balloons at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and the after-dark celebration of culture and creativity, Enlighten, during autumn. Canberra also hosts the annual Truffle Festival –Canberra Region during winter.
Be sure to visit Questacon, where they make science fun, and get an insight into what goes into making a champion athlete on a behind-the-scenes tour at the Australian Institute of Sport. Go on a prehistoric adventure at the National Dinosaur Museum and get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures at the National Zoo & Aquarium.
Visitors looking to enjoy some retail therapy can check out the capital’s flourishing weekend markets or explore the boutique-lined streets of Braddon and Manuka.