Valuable inspiration about the region of Canberra for the road trip traveller driving between Melbourne and Sydney.

20 Fascinating Facts About the Canberra Region

  1. Capital of Australia: Canberra is the capital city of Australia, established in 1913, designed by American architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

  2. Parliament House: Opened in 1988, this iconic building is the seat of the Australian government. Visitors can tour the building and even watch parliamentary sessions.

  3. Australian War Memorial: A significant national monument and museum that honors the men and women who have served in Australia’s armed forces, featuring extensive exhibits and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  4. Lake Burley Griffin: This artifical lake is a central feature of Canberra, perfect for boating, cycling, and picnicking. It is named after the city’s architect, Walter Burley Griffin.

  5. National Gallery of Australia: Home to more than 166,000 works of art, including an extensive collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

  6. Questacon: The National Science and Technology Centre offers interactive science exhibits and activities that are perfect for families and science enthusiasts.

  7. National Museum of Australia: This museum explores the history, culture, and heritage of Australia, featuring engaging exhibitions and multimedia displays.

  8. Australian National Botanic Gardens: These gardens display a diverse range of Australian native plants, set in beautifully landscaped grounds on the slopes of Black Mountain.

  9. Telstra Tower: Located on Black Mountain, this telecommunications tower offers panoramic views of Canberra and its surroundings.

  10. Mount Ainslie Lookout: A popular spot for stunning views over Canberra, especially at sunrise and sunset. The summit is accessible by car or walking trails.

  11. Old Parliament House: Now home to the Museum of Australian Democracy, this historic building served as the seat of the Parliament of Australia from 1927 to 1988.

  12. National Arboretum Canberra: This 250-hectare site features 94 forests of rare, endangered, and symbolic trees from around the world, as well as stunning views and a bonsai collection.

  13. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve: Located just outside Canberra, this reserve offers wildlife experiences, including encounters with kangaroos, koalas, and emus, along with scenic walking trails.

  14. Floriade: Australia’s biggest celebration of spring, held annually in Canberra, featuring vibrant displays of over a million flowers, as well as entertainment and cultural events.

  15. Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex: Part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, this facility tracks and communicates with spacecraft exploring the solar system.

  16. Namadgi National Park: Covering nearly half of the Australian Capital Territory, this park offers stunning alpine scenery, bushwalking, and Aboriginal rock art sites.

  17. Australian Institute of Sport: Visitors can tour the AIS, which trains Australia’s elite athletes, and explore interactive sports exhibits.

  18. Canberra Wine Region: Just outside the city, this region boasts over 140 vineyards and more than 30 boutique cellar doors, offering tastings and local produce.

  19. National Library of Australia: The largest reference library in Australia, holding millions of books and historic documents, along with exhibitions and public programs.

  20. National Carillon: A striking musical instrument with 55 bronze bells, located on Aspen Island in Lake Burley Griffin. Regular concerts are held here, adding to the city’s cultural offerings.

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