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 Full Monty

    Thursday 21 March 2019 to Saturday 23 March 2019 , Queanbeyan

    Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, follows six down-on-their-luck steelworkers who are desperately looking for work to support their families when they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. Filled with…

    21 Mar - 23 Mar
  2. Stromlo Ghosts: Karyn Fearnside

    Thursday 21 March 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019 , Queanbeyan

    Stromlo Ghosts, a new exhibition by Canberra based mixed media artist Karyn Fearnside will open at The Q Exhibition Space on Tuesday 12 March.   Stromlo Ghosts draws on the artist’s childhood growing up in the forestry settlement next to…

    21 Mar - 30 Mar
  3. Liquid Fest

    Saturday 23 March 2019 , Queanbeyan

    Axis Youth Centre is presenting Liquidfest 2019, a free, all ages, drug and alcohol free event. The festival is a really great opportunity for young, emerging bands and performers to get a chance to perform to a crowd. For the rest of you…

    23 Mar
  4. The Gruffalo Queanbeyan

    Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019 , Queanbeyan

    After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End and Broadway, don’t miss this monster hit, the Winner of Sydney Theatre Awards Best Production for Children (2015) when it returns to Australia for a national Tour in…

    27 Mar - 30 Mar