Canberra is filled with national museums, tourist attractions, historical sites and natural wonders and is a great place to visit for all kinds of travellers
Visit the Jerrabomberra Wetlands and you will find yourself immersed in one of the Australian Capital Territory’s most valuable wetland habitat areas. The wetland is located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and is a refuge to large numbers of migrating waterbird and other species. There are also plenty of walking tracks that will see you exploring various wetlands and habitats.
National Gallery of Australia
The National art gallery was established in 1967 and holds more than 120,000 works of art. Before you even step into the building, you will be experiencing something amazing, with the building itself having been built in Brutalist style, from the late 20th Century, with angular masses and raw concrete surfaces surrounded by sculpture gardens. Once inside you will embrace a range of of collections of Australian and Aboriginal art, prints and sculptures.
Lake Burley Griffin
Lake Burley Griffin is an artificial lake which covers an astounding 664 hectares. Completed in 1963 after the Molonglo River, between the city centre and Parliamentary Triangle, was dammed, the man-made lake is great for canoeing and picnics, and a haven for other water sports, as well as a location that has plenty of bike tracks around the Lake.
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Take a walk through the Australian National Botanic Gardens where you can see a large collection of Australian native plants. The gardens are inspiring and educational and you will find an array of flora and fauna.
National Portrait Gallery
If you want to better understand the Australian people, their culture, identity and history, the National Portrait Gallery tells a fantastic story, from colonial portraits of Australia’s founding families, to celebrity photos. The gallery building was purpose built and is a stunning design and the hundreds of portraits on show also portray the history of portraiture through the many styles on display.
Old Parliament House & Parliament House
If you want to take a step back through the political history of Australia, a visit to the house of the Parliament of Australia from 1927 to 1988 is a must. The beautiful 1920s building has much of the interior offices in the same condition they were when the tenants left to move to the new Parliament House.
National Zoo & Aquarium
Situated on seven hectares of land, the National Zoo & Aquarium has a variety of native and exotic animals, as well as the largest inland saltwater tank in the country. Animal encounters will give you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most remarkable creatures, including sharks, white lions, sun bears, giraffe, red pandas and tigers.
Mt Ainslie lookout is a great way to see more of Canberra, overlooking the lake, the war memorial and across Anzac Parade. The mountain is easy to get to by car and also gives you the chance to see native birds and eastern grey kangaroo. You can walk, cycle or drive to the top of the mountain to enjoy views of the city and surrounds.
You will find Lanyon Homestead on the southern outskirts of Canberra. It is one of Australia’s most historic grazing properties with a history dating back to the 1850s. While there you can take a walk through the gardens and admire the fully furnished and restored homestead and courtyard buildings.