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.
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.
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.
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.