Canberra

Australia’s national capital is a vibrant and delicious destination surrounded by parkland and native bush. Immerse yourself in history and culture at Canberra’s incredible galleries, and enjoy culinary adventures at some of the country’s top restaurants.

Galleries and museums

Stroll along the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin and explore wonderful  galleries such as the National Gallery of Australia, the fun science centre Questacon, the National Library of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

You can also experience the heart of politics at Parliament House, where there are daily guided tours. Take time to enjoy the view from Capital Hill. The nearby Australian War Memorial houses an incredible collection of exhibitions and galleries.

People visiting the Roll of Honour, The Australian War Memorial

Natural wonders

You’ll discover extraordinary artefacts at the National Museum of Australia. Marvel at dinosaur skeletons and fossils at the National Dinosaur Museum, and see native and exotic animals at the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Canberra is surrounded by beautiful outdoor attractions. You’ll find mountain bike trails and walking paths throughout the rich agricultural wine country. There are also many rivers offering great fishing opportunities.

Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival

Food and festivals

From truffles to craft beers and smoked meats, the capital’s food and wine scene is superb. Sample the local drops at the many delicious and award-winning wines from the bountiful Canberra Wine Region. Check out the Truffle Festival as well as the Capital Region Farmers Market.

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 many regional markets.

Nature and Outdoors in Canberra

Getting there and where to stay

Canberra is an easy three-hour drive from Sydney. There are also daily train and coach services, and the journey takes 3.5 to four hours. You can fly into Canberra Airport and hire a car to explore the region. There’s a huge range of accommodation in the capital from luxury hotels and serviced apartments to budget-friendly motels, caravan parks and B&Bs.