national gardens, galleries, museums and government in action.
destination guide: Canberra
things to do in Canberra
Being the Capital City of Australia has its perks – and one of those perks is being home to the National version of… well, pretty much everything. From award-winning restaurants and a multitude to a jam-packed calendar of annual events and endless natural attractions just waiting to be explored – there’s a lot to love about Canberra. You may need to dig a bit deeper to unearth Canberra’s gems, but you’ll be rewarded with a city full of surprises.
go civic sightseeing
Canberra would not be Australia’s capital without Parliament House. Visit Capital Hill and see the place where laws and history are made. Catch question time if you can and watch parliament in action. Once you’ve finished with the current seat of government, why not pay a visit to the previous one? Hit up the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House to find out how and why Australia came to be. Then, discover the diverse Australian experiences of war at the Australian War Memorial, considered by many to be one of the most important landmarks in Australia.
go gallery gaga
No trip to Canberra is complete without a visit to the National Gallery of Australia. Holding more than 166,000 works of art, the gallery is Australia’s largest and is home to everything from colonial to contemporary, and Monet to Warhol. As you would expect of our nation’s capital, Canberra’s culture treasure trove is far too big for just one gallery. Check out the National Portrait Gallery to see some of Australia’s most famous faces. You can also learn everything you ever wanted to know about our amazing nation at the National Museum of Australia and read your way through history at the National Library of Australia.
eat, drink and be hipster
After all that fresh air you’ll have earned a little indulgence and Canberra’s red-hot food and wine scene is sure to impress. Refuel in the inner-city foodie precincts of Braddon, NewActon and the Kingston Foreshore – where you’ll find a delicious combination of hipster coffee shops, innovative cafes and award-winning restaurants – or spend the day sampling the ACT region’s cool climate wines, with more than 30 cellar doors located within 35 minutes drive of Canberra.
get lost in Canberra’s gardens
Enjoying the great outdoors comes naturally in the bush capital as our city transforms with a kaleidoscope of colours across four distinct seasons. Soar above Lake Burley Griffin in a hot air balloon, hike the mountainous surrounds or venture into our nearby national parks to get up close and personal with native Australian wildlife. Just minutes from Canberra’s city centre, you’ll find the Australian National Botanic Gardens, home to more than 74,000 plants, spanning over 6,200 species –that’s over one third of Australia’s native plants. Close by is the National Arboretum Canberra. Wind your way to the centre of this 250-hectare natural site for a stunning view of the capital city.
never miss an event
Canberra’s jam-packed calendar of annual events also offers something to suit every taste. Don’t miss our beautiful floral festival, Floriade, the stunning display of hot air balloons at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and the after-dark celebration of culture and creativity, Enlighten, to name just a few.
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