Things to do in Canberra
If you’re planning a short or long visit to Canberra, it’s important to check out serviced apartments for convenient accommodations. As Australia’s official capital city, Canberra is home to an unbeatable choice of activities and attractions that link to Australian politics, culture, history, Indigenous heritage, art and sport. Here is our list of things to do in Canberra.
The architectural wonder that is Parliament House in Canberra is obviously a crowd-pleaser with free guided tours that begin every thirty minutes. Dramatic white pillars and beautiful landscaping make it an impressive site from the outside, and inside it can be equally as thrilling, particularly if you are lucky enough to see parliament in session during your visit. There is also an incredible collection of 4,000 works of art hanging inside on the walls for art lovers. The Australian War Memorial is a must-see museum. It has gallery exhibits, memorabilia, personal stories, combat displays, research facilities and a sculpture garden. It casts a personal light on the nature of war.
The National Museum is the best place to drop by for an overview of Australian history and culture. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the museum’s high tech exhibits and interactive displays.
Located on Lake Burley Griffin, the National Gallery concentrates on Australian artists with some art from international talent also. Children’s exhibits and sculpture gardens are also on display.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens is a horticultural heaven for plant and flower lovers. It is home to rock gardens, native plants, eucalyptus lawns and its own rainforest. You’ll be stunned by this beautiful garden. A stylish selection of restaurants, bars and shops brimming with local produce and wine guarantee a delicious experience, no matter if you choose to stay in the CBD for head out further afield to chat direct with suppliers or local winemakers at their cellar door.
If you are travelling with your family and children to Canberra, it’s worth visiting the National Zoo which has unusual animals from the Australia plus a collection of monkeys, cheetahs, “tigons” and bears. There is also the Australian Institute of Sport to explore, where kids can challenge themselves with wheelchair basketball, virtual rowing and other activities. Lake Burley Griffin is perfect for family hike rides, boating and rollerblading.
In terms of side trips from Canberra, the true Australian bush is on its doorstep, as is Sydney a couple of hours down the highway, while snowfields and south coast beaches are also within easy reach.