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National Library Of Australia

The National Library is a Canberra must-see, majestically located on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin. Discover historical gems in the Treasures Gallery, including James Cook’s handwritten Endeavour journal and Australia’s first pound note. See the latest fascinating exhibition, dine in style at the award-winning Bookplate, enjoy drinks with lake views at Ex Libris, and browse the Bookshop for the latest Australian books.

Top three experiences near National Library Of Australia

1) Visit the national collections and exhibitions at the other must-see cultural attractions including the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia

2) Enjoy lunch at the award-winning Bookplate restaurant, with a fresh seasonal menu, a wonderful selection of beer and wine and amazing coffee

3) Stroll around the picturesque Lake Burley-Griffin. Pack a picnic lunch and wander the perimeter of the lake. This is an especially pretty walk in autumn and spring


At a glance


Parkes Place, Parkes, ACT 2600


+61 2 6262 1111



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On touring route

Operating season:

All year round. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Opening times:

Exhibition galleries and Bookshop 10-5. Bookplate Mon-Thurs 7.30-5, Fri 7.30-4, Sat-Sun 9-4

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