10 Things to Do in Canberra That You Shouldn't Miss

December 5, 2017 Marlin Saiz

You can fit a lot into a visit to Australia’s capital city. Surrounded by nature parks, Canberra is best known for a vast collection of history and culture that provides a snapshot of the nation. Discover precincts housing, thriving local arts and foodie scenes, family friendly attractions, outdoor experiences and the acclaimed cool-climate wineries that dot the surrounding area.
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1. Australian War Memorial

Treloar Crescent, Canberra 2612, Australia +61 2 6243 4211
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Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its Mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.

Reviewed By AmarilisVos - Jabbeke, Belgium

There is a parking lot next to the building. During weekdays you have to pay. After a security check of your bag you can enter the building. At certain moments there are guided tours. Ask at the information desk when the next one will start. The guide will show out the high lights of the museum. Afterwards you can visit the Exhibitions in detail and on your pace. Everyday at 16:55 hr there is a last post ceremony dedicated to a soldier who lost his/her life for our freedom.

2. Museum of Australian Democracy

Old Parliament House 18 King George Tce | Parkes, Canberra 2600, Australia +61 2 6270 8222
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Museum of Australian Democracy

Housed in one of Australia’s most-loved buildings, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House brings the journey of Australian democracy to life— presenting its past, present and possible futures.Enjoy a range of innovative Exhibitions, tours and Exhibitions that challenge and inspire. There are also special activities and spaces for children to explore.Open 9am - 5pm 7 days a week, except Christmas DayAdmission: $2.00 Adults $1.00 Concession $5.00 FamilyAll Exhibitions free after entryAssisted entry available

Reviewed By canningkath - Bermagui, Australia

Great exhibition of the previous years political cartoons. This is an annual event and excellent for Australians to review the political year through a graphic and Witt perspective. Great fun lots of laughing

3. Lake Burley Griffin

Canberra, Australia +61 419 418 846
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Lake Burley Griffin

Reviewed By Paddy-Relle - Brisbane, Australia

A fantastic asset to Canberra creating a visual masterpiece with the city surrounding it and providing so many opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

4. ANZAC Parade Walk

Anzac Park West, Canberra, Australia +61 2 6262 7380
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ANZAC Parade Walk

Reviewed By KylieIsTravelling - Perth, Australia

This walk is impressive and is well worth a visit, even if you’re not interested in history.
Along this walk there are many monuments to memorialise historic wars including the Boer War, Vietnam War, Australian Army, partnership with Australia and New Zealand, plus another one that I’ve now forgotten.
It’s well worth seeing and I’ll be back to visit it again.

5. Mount Ainslie Lookout

Mount Ainslie Drive, Canberra 2602, Australia
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Mount Ainslie Lookout

Reviewed By Ree_Views1 - Goulburn, Australia

We chose to walk up Mount Ainslie from the War Memorial although you can also drive or cycle up to the lookout.
It was a little had to find where the walk began, it is not well signposted until you are actually on the track. We parked at the War Memorial and walked up. It is a good track, quite steep in parts. Make sure you take water as there is nothing available on the track. It took us almost 1 1/2 hours for the return trip including time to admire the amazing view and take pictures. Canberra is really a beautiful and well planned city.

King Edward Terrace, Canberra 2600, Australia +61 2 6102 7000
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National Portrait Gallery

The new National Portrait Gallery building, situated on King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Canberra, bounded by the High Court of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, displays some 400 portraits of people who have shaped Australia and who continue to shape our nation. Home to the nation's portrait collection the National Portrait Gallery comprises gallery spaces for the collection and temporary Exhibitions, public areas including a cafe, shop, function room, theatrette, education and school group areas, and basement car parking.

Reviewed By Lizafrancis - Melbourne, Australia

Loved this - went along rather reluctantly but MOTH was very keen. Surprised myself and enjoyed the visit tremendously. So many portraits with potted histories, so many well-known people, contributors to Australian life in so many fields. I learned a lot. Very pleasant staff at...MoreWe are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Parkes Place, Canberra 2601, Australia +61 2 6240 6502
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National Gallery of Australia

The NGA is home to Australia's national collection of visual arts. The national collection includes 170,000 iconic and highly celebrated works of art spanning four main areas: Australian art, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art, and European and American art.

Reviewed By Maria G - Melbourne, Australia

Filling in a couple of hours I took a tour through the gallery - led by the very capable and knowledgeable Pam. A quick overview from the latest acquisition in indigenous art to the Impressionists to the war art of Streeton, to Blue Poles and to the Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly series. You could spend hours here for sure and many do. I was just sorry to be too early for the Cartier exhibition- it starts next week!!

8. Australian Parliament House

The Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra 2600, Australia +61 2 6277 5399
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Australian Parliament House

The home of Australia's Parliament and the meeting place of a nation, Australian Parliament House offers visitors to Canberra a unique experience.

Reviewed By Wingecarribee - Canberra, Australia

Was good to see (and get a feeling for) this place of politics, where we see so much happen in the news, etc. We visited on a Saturday of a public holiday weekend and had free parking in the building (there is paid parking for periods at other times). Strongly recommend taking one of the free guided tours. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made it interested, not only about the building but the processes of how Parliament works. Also how the design and architecture were part of a plan for the city. There are many art works and museum pieces to also see.

King Edward Terrace | Act, Canberra 2600, Australia +61 2 6270 2800
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Questacon

With over 200 educational and interactive exhibits, Questacon seeks to make science fun for all.

Reviewed By Danielle L - Canberra, Australia

Questacon is one of those places that you can go to again and again! With a combination of changing Exhibitions & permanent ones there is always something fun and engaging for everyone in your family! You might even learn something while your at it....

10. Australian National Botanic Gardens

Clunies Ross St | Black Mountain, Canberra 2601, Australia +61 2 6250 9540
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Australian National Botanic Gardens

The national collection of Australian native plants; inspiring, informing and connecting people with the Australian flora.

Reviewed By Lesleyp56 - Canberra, Australia

The Gardens are excellent, but we were very disappointed with the cafe. Take your own picnic food and enjoy the magnificent Gardens, as the cafe has very limited options after the kitchen closes at 2.30 pm, even in summer. For an international tourist attraction it is top notch, but the cafe fell short of our expectations. Rainforest was delightful.

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