Peek inside the corridors of power on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Parliament of Australia, and pay your respects to the fallen at the Australian War Memorial. You can also marvel at great art and great books. Enjoy beautiful Floriade, a spring flower festival, and acclaimed Canberra District wines.
From national treasures to solemn memorials, Australia’s capital is home to world-class attractions. Vibrant and multicultural, Canberra is near acclaimed wineries and an easy drive from the NSW South Coast’s beautiful beaches, the magnificent Snowy Mountains, and historic country towns.
In the Parliamentary Triangle, stroll along Lake Burley Griffith foreshore and explore galleries such as the National Gallery of Australia and visit the High Court of Australia. Just past Reconciliation Place is the fun science centre Questacon and the National Library of Australia, which has a terrace cafe.
You can walk from the library through rose gardens to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The Parliament of Australia is a short walk up the hill from the old parliament. Daily guided tours are available and on non-sitting days there are intriguing behind-the-scenes tours.
Take time to enjoy the view from Capital Hill. Cast your eyes across the lake to Anzac Parade and the Australian War Memorial, which is open from 10am to 5pm. The Roll of Honour contains the names of members of the Australian armed forces who have given their lives in service of this country.
Other memorable things to do and see in Canberra include the extraordinary artefacts at the National Museum of Australia and the 23 complete dinosaur skeletons and hundreds of fossils at the National Dinosaur Museum. You’ll see rare and amazing animals in the National Zoo and Aquarium.
One of Australia’s best known spring flower festivals is Floriade, where over 100 tulip species bloom. When darkness falls, Floriade changes into an illuminated wonderland. There are other marvellous festivals, including the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and the after-dark Enlighten, both in March.
Truffle Festival - Canberra Region is a winter festival celebrating the moreish fungus and other fresh produce and the acclaimed wines of the Canberra District wine region. You’ll find more delicious delights in Braddon, NewActon and the Kingston Foreshore as well as at enticing weekend markets.