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Australian War Memorial to Parliament House

Canberra, Australia's Inland Capital, between Sydney and Melbourne. Parliament House, War Memorial and Lake Burley Griffith

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Floriade each Spring

Canberra, Floriade, the Festival of Flowers happens each Spring

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Lake Burley Griffin

Canberra, a Magical Ride in a Hot Air Balloon over Lake Burley Griffith

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Canberra is Australia’s capital city. It is full of treasures for travellers from all walks of life. Here you’ll find friendly locals happy to share their knowledge on the best food and wine and things to explore.

Canberra Region Introduction

Welcome to Canberra, Australia’s vibrant capital city where culture, cuisine and natural beauty come together to offer an experience for all types of interests.

Bustling art scene and galleries

The city and region boasts a dynamic arts scene with a variety of galleries and museums. From the intimate spaces of local art hubs to the grand National Gallery of Australia, you’ll find some of the country’s most impressive and significant collections here. The city’s arts and culture scene is vibrant, diverse, and accessible to all, making it a must-visit for art lovers.

Heritage, history and politics

Explore Australia’s rich history and culture at iconic attractions surrounding Lake Burley Griffin. Dive into the stories at the National Museum of Australia, admire the portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, and learn about democracy at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake or join a guided tour of Parliament House on Capital Hill.

Fine dining

Canberra’s culinary scene offers dining experiences that cater to every palate. The city is home to some of Australia’s finest restaurants, where you can enjoy everything from gourmet meals to casual bites. As the sun sets the city comes alive with its vibrant nightlife.

Outdoor playground for adventuring

For adventure seekers, Canberra is an outdoor playground waiting to be explored. The city features extensive urban and mountain bike paths, scenic hiking trails, and beautiful rivers and mountains. Plus, the region is renowned for its cool-climate wines, with over 40 cellar doors offering exceptional Shiraz and Riesling. These outdoor adventures and local wine experiences make Canberra a dynamic destination for travelers of all kinds, promising excitement and relaxation in equal measure.

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Be Inspired

  • Float across the city as dawn breaks in a hot air balloon to fully appreciate one of the few planned capital cities in the world.
  • Join a tour to hear fun and fascinating snippets of Parliament House and see democracy in action.
  • Taste the region’s local wine from a pop-up shipping container located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
  • Shop like a local and embrace the creative boutiques and resident designers.
  • Hire and boat, kayak or SUP and explore the waters of Lake Burley Griffin.
  • Explore the living museum of trees at the National Arboretum Canberra, home to a patchwork of 94 forests of significant trees.
  • Take part in the daily ‘Last Post’ ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

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20 Facts About Canberra

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What Locals Love About the Canberra Region

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Everywhere is a 20 minute journey! Wide open spaces, natural bush, coast and mountain escapes on the doorstep.

Best beer in Australia and I never knew I
liked Riesling until I moved here.

Family friendly city, cycling around Lake Burley Griffin, mini stress free events and festivals. And a spot of culture!

David Barker, National Dinosaur Museum

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I love the culture here and also how close we are to all the hikes and even beaches on the South Coast are only a couple of hours away.

Nicole O’Donnell

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I have horses and love being able to get out and basically have trail rides everywhere. Canberra has the perfect balance between city buzz and country lifestyle.

Steph Leslie


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