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.