Surrounded by parkland and native bush, Australia’s national capital is a vibrant, cultural and delicious destination. Canberra is an easy drive from the South Coast’s beautiful beaches, the magnificent Snowy Mountains, historic country towns such as Goulburn and the Canberra District wine region.

Immerse yourself in Australian history and culture at Canberra’s incredible museums and galleries, appreciate the buzz of national politics and sample the city’s superb culinary exploits. Braddon, NewActon and Kingston Foreshore all offer an enticing mix of shopping and dining.

People visiting the Roll of Honour, The Australian War Memorial

In the Parliamentary Triangle, stroll along the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin, 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.

You can walk from the library through the National Rose Garden to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Experience the heart of politics at Parliament House, where you can take daily guided tours or special behind-the-scenes tours on non-sitting days.

Pink and blue flowers blooming at Floriade, Canberra

Take time to enjoy the view from Capital Hill. Looking across to ANZAC Parade, you’ll see the Australian War Memorial. The memorial’s incredibly moving 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 in Canberra include seeing extraordinary artefacts at the National Museum of Australia, marvelling at dinosaur skeletons and hundreds of fossils at the National Dinosaur Museum, and visiting native and exotic animals at the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Nature and Outdoors in Canberra

Time your visit to coincide with Floriade, one of Australia’s best known Spring flower festivals. Canberra’s impressive events calendar also includes the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, the Enlighten Festival and the Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, as well as weekend markets.

Things to do and places to stay near Canberra

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  1. The Maso Cup

    Saturday 26 January 2019 to Monday 28 January 2019 , Queanbeyan

    Game on – The Maso Cup is coming to Queanbeyan – Australia Day long weekend. Over 16 Macedonian clubs from around Australia will take each other on in the tournament which will see first grade, seniors, and women’s teams take to the field…

    26 Jan - 28 Jan
  2. Australia Day in Queanbeyan

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Queanbeyan

    The official festivities begin at 4pm with ceremonies, live music, food, drinks, face painting and rides for the kids. The evening culminates with an exciting fireworks display at 9pm. Official Program: Ambassador: Ben Farizanno - known…

    26 Jan
  3. Four Wheel Drive Spectacular

    Saturday 02 February 2019 to Sunday 03 February 2019 , Queanbeyan

    The Four Wheel Drive Spectacular is held biennially in Queanbeyan to encourage responsible and recreational use of 4WD vehicles in the Australian environment. The event provides four wheel drivers or potential drivers with access to…

    02 Feb - 03 Feb
  4. Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival

    Sunday 03 March 2019 , Queanbeyan

    Dance, feel good and feed your rumbling tummy at the Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival. Now in its 12th year, the festival hosts entertainment and food from across the world. This year the event has expanded to include the cultural…

    03 Mar
  5. Women's NSW Golf Open

    Thursday 07 March 2019 to Sunday 10 March 2019 , Queanbeyan

    The 2019 Women's NSW Open will be hosted by Queanbeyan Golf Club - a par 70 Championship course with spectacular bushland views and an abundance of fauna. The field will include the some of the best professionals and amateurs from…

    07 Mar - 10 Mar