Canberra – Australia’s Capital

Australia’s small but perfect formed capital city is packed full of unexpected treasures and hidden wonders. It’s a true city in a nature park, with its compact design making it a joy to explore its diverse experiences. Here you’ll find friendly, passionate locals happy to share their knowledge on the best food and wine and things to explore whilst you’re here.

Within the city confines Canberra is teeming with stunning art galleries and museums of all shapes and sizes from a one room gallery in a suburban backyard to the National Gallery of Australia. The thriving arts and culture scene is vibrant and diverse and accessible to all. In fact, some Australia’s most impressive and important collections are housed here.

Follow Australia’s story in iconic cultural attractions around Lake Burley Griffin. Explore the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery or theMuseum of Australian Democracy then take a stroll around the lake or join a tour of Parliament House, perched high on Capital Hill.

Spend your evenings in some of the country’s finest restaurants, where there is a wide and eclectic mix of dining styles to tempt every palate. After dark, whether you’re in search of a big night out in a lively bar or a romantic drink for two in an intimate whisky bar, hidden behind a closed door, there’s a watering hole just for you.

Beyond the urban treasures lies an adventure playground waiting to be explored, including extensive cycle urban and mountain bike paths and hiking trails, rivers and mountains. This region is also home to a burgeoning cool climate wine scene with more than 40 cellar doors. The cool-climate Shiraz and Rieslings are not to be missed.

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 and be moved by the daily Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.
Part of the: Inland Discovery Drive route

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What Locals Love About Canberra

I love the balance between having the city and also the rural aspect here. We have so many great museums and galleries…I just think we have a lot of great cultural heritage and history of our country here.

Steph Leslie

We have amazing bushwalking trails and they all have diverse range of orchids that all very unique and endemic to the area. I also love Floriade that puts amazing flowers and botanicals on show every year.

Elyssa O’Rafferty