Canberra’s attractions highlight Australian culture and history in a range of world-class museums and galleries. The country’s capital city is the heart of Australia’s politics and war history, but also boasts a stylish bar and dining scene. Although Canberra appeals to history enthusiasts, it also welcomes nature lovers in search of scenic bushland and mountain ranges dotted with wineries.
Things to do in Canberra
The Australian War Memorial is most visitors’ first attraction, exhibiting displays on every war in which Australian soldiers and military personnel have fought. For insight into the city’s political history, visit the Australian Constitution at the National Archives, browse the shelves of the National Gallery or learn about Australia’s democracy at Parliament House.
Canberra is home to many of Australia’s famous artworks. You can browse a collection of local work at the National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery. For an afternoon of natural views, head to the National Arboretum Canberra to find over 100 gardens, as well as picnic areas and public art.
Explore the city’s creative scene at the weekly Old Bus Depot Markets or sample one of the famous FreakShakes at Patissez. Unwind from your day with a beer at BentSpoke Brewing Co or an interactive wine tasting tour at Mount Majura Vineyard.
Canberra has an array of lakes, rivers and waterways perfect for kayaking and swimming, such as Lake Burley Griffin and Murrumbidgee River. Embrace a tranquil escape to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, only 40 minutes outside the city, where you can see emus, kangaroos and cockatoos.
The city’s public transport makes traversing the city centre easy, as the local ACTION bus service connects all major attractions. Canberra is the cycling capital of Australia, so it’d be a shame to not take advantage of its scenic bike paths and off-road mountain bike trails.