Canberra Attractions

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  • Australian National Botanic Gardens
  • Campbell
  • Canberra International Airport
  • Capital Hill
  • 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.

    National Museum of Australia

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    Lawson Crescent
    Acton Peninsula (about 5km/3 miles from the city center)

    Free museum that covers all of Australian social history... read more

    Black Mountain Nature Park

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    Kent Street
    Canberra Nature Park

    Culturally significant mountain range rife with nature... read more

    Lake Burley Griffin

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    Alexandrina Drive

    An artificial lake, but real recreation and local history... read more

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

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    Corner of London Circuit and Civic Square

    Art museum reflecting the social history of Canberra... read more

    Old Parliament House

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    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

    Canberra Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    Hop-on Hop-off Tours... read more

    Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

    Paddys River Road

    Great for hiking, with a sense of Aboriginal history... read more

    Australian War Memorial

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    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

    Australian National Botanic Gardens

    Clunies Ross Road

    Explore a comprehensive collection of native plants... read more

    Ginninderra Village

    O'Hanlon Place

    A historic village with a heritage lesson and cute shopping... read more

    National Capital Exhibition

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    Regatta Point
    On the lakeshore at Regatta Point in Commonwealth Park

    Telling the history of Canberra with a spectacular view... read more

    Blundells' Cottage

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    Wendouree Drive

    A hands-on slice of Canberra's history. Fun for families!... read more

    High Court of Australia

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    Parkes Place

    The highest court in Australia, a great educational visit... read more

    Calthorpes' House

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    24 Mugga Way
    Red Hill

    A historic house with community events and lovely gardens... read more

    National Portrait Gallery

    King Edward Terrace
    King Edward Terrace, Parkes

    Portraits of influential Australians with a great building... read more

    National Gallery of Australia

    44 Parkes Place
    Parkes Place

    The premiere gallery and museum in Australia...
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    King Edward Terrace

    Tuggeranong Hyperdome

    148 Anketell Street

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