Canberra features several noteworthy museums, memorials and monuments. But if you visit only one museum in Australia, make it the National Museum of Australia. Using state-of-the-art technology and hands-on exhibits that rely more on images, soundscapes and personal stories than dusty old objects, the museum profiles 50,000 years of indigenous heritage and key events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The museum has everything from a carcass of the extinct Tasmanian tiger to Australia's largest collection of bark paintings, racehorse Phar Lap's heart, and the No. 1 Holden Prototype car.
If you're more of a nature-lover, a visit to the Black Mountain Nature Park is a must. The largest of Canberra's 27 nature parks, Black Mountain is home to Black Mountain Tower, a city landmark, and the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
You can also visit Lake Burley Griffin, which is the brainchild of Walter Burley Griffin, the architect of Canberra City. Many diverse habitats and ecosystems, natural and man-made, surround this body of water, which is the focus of such leisure sports as fishing, swimming, cycling, walking, jogging and rowing. There are picnic areas at Yarramundi Reach, Weston and Commonwealth Park as well as Black Mountain Peninsula. So if you're planning to take in a nice mix of culture and nature, there will be plenty of things to do in Canberra.
Acton Peninsula (about 5km/3 miles from the city center)
Free museum that covers all of Australian social history... read more
Canberra Nature Park
Culturally significant mountain range rife with nature... read more
An artificial lake, but real recreation and local history... read more
Corner of London Circuit and Civic Square
Art museum reflecting the social history of Canberra... read more
Old Parliament House, King George Terrace
On King George Terrace, midway btw. the new Parliament House and the lake
Full of history and tradition, take a tour to learn more!... read more
Paddys River Road
Great for hiking, with a sense of Aboriginal history... read more
Treloar Crescent (top of ANZAC Parade)
At the head of Anzac Parade on Limestone Ave
Striking memorial to those who fought for Australia... read more
Clunies Ross Road
Explore a comprehensive collection of native plants... read more
A historic village with a heritage lesson and cute shopping... read more
On the lakeshore at Regatta Point in Commonwealth Park
Telling the history of Canberra with a spectacular view... read more
A hands-on slice of Canberra's history. Fun for families!... read more
The highest court in Australia, a great educational visit... read more
24 Mugga Way
A historic house with community events and lovely gardens... read more
King Edward Terrace
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Portraits of influential Australians with a great building... read more
44 Parkes Place
The premiere gallery and museum in Australia...