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Australian Capital TerritoryAustralia

Parliament House showing an administrative buidling and modern architecture

Explore the Australian capital with its well-designed Parliamentary Triangle and wealth of national museums and galleries, before hiking through its forested mountains.

Comprising mainly Australia's seat of government, Canberra, and a spectacular national park and nature reserve, the small Australian Capital Territory is nicknamed “The Bush Capital.”

Drive to the Mount Ainslie Lookout, behind the impressive Australian War Memorial, to marvel at Canberra’s geometrical-inspired design. The city’s Parliamentary Triangle was mapped out by American architect Walter Burley Griffin in 1912.

See how the main government buildings follow a central axis, with Parliament House on the lawn-covered Capital Hill at the far end. After touring this contemporary seat of government, take a step back in time in the Old Parliament House, now home to the Museum of Australian Democracy. The Aboriginal Tent Embassy on its lawns was erected in 1972.

Wander around the National Rose Gardens and take a relaxing cruise on Lake Burley Griffin.

Visit the National Gallery of Australia to browse one of the country’s most important collections, from intricate Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander pieces through to works by modern Australian painters.

Take the family to Questacon, Australia's National Science and Technology Centre. Make a 1-dollar coin at the Royal Australian Mint and see the collection of historic coins.

To really immerse yourself in the nation’s amazing natural history, rich indigenous culture and colonial life, spend a few hours in the National Museum of Australia.

In Namadgi National Park spot some of Australia's iconic animals, including kangaroos, wombats and crimson parrots. Smoky mice and corroboree frogs also hide in the park’s forested valleys, rocky outcrops and sub-alpine heaths.

If you love nature, go hiking, mountain biking or horse riding and camp out under the stars. Visit Yankee Hat to see the iconic Aboriginal rock art on the massive boulders.

At night, experience Canberra's relaxed nightlife. Sample wines from the many regional vineyards, try a beer from a local microbrewery and enjoy a show in the Canberra Theatre Centre. As the day comes to a close, you can look back on, and savor, the many delights of the Australian Capital territory.

Popular cities in Australian Capital Territory

Parliament House featuring an administrative buidling
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Walking
Australia’s capital city is at the heart of Australian politics and where you’ll find some of the country’s best museums. 

Reasons to visit

  • Lake Burley Griffin
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Questacon
Head to sights like Sherwood Forest and Stony Creek Nature Reserve as you discover Coree.
Cotter River
Cotter River
Check out the local area in Cotter River—home to attractions like Bimberi Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park.
Head to sights like Tharwa Bridge Recreation Area and Lanyon Landscape Conservation as you discover Tharwa.
Rendezvous Creek
Rendezvous Creek
Venture to sights like Namadgi National Park and Scabby Range Nature Reserve as you discover Rendezvous Creek.
Venture to sights like Namadgi National Park and Old Naas Travelling Stock Nature Reserve as you discover Booth.