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Canberra

Known for Dining, Family-Friendly and Skyscrapers

Australia’s capital city is at the heart of Australian politics and where you’ll find some of the country’s best museums. 

How do you get to Canberra?

Canberra is Australia’s political capital and the home of several national cultural institutions, many of which are free to enter. It was purpose built as the capital in the early 20th century. The circular layout was the idea of Chicago architects Walter and Marion Griffin, who won a competition run by the Australian Government to design the new city. Canberra is easy to navigate, and you’ll find many of the city’s main attractions within walking distance of one another. When it’s too far to walk, take a bus, or taxi, as the fares are reasonably priced.

Tour the building where Australian politicians tackle the big issues. About 20 percent of Parliament House is open to the public, and you can even watch politicians in action from the public galleries. Learn about the history of Australia’s democracy at Old Parliament House. Take a guided tour of the classical-style building or visit the museum to learn about key events in the country’s political history.

Wander across Queen Victoria Terrace to the National Archives, where you can see the original copy of the Australian Constitution. Browse the shelves of the National Library to find rare maps and historic publications. Cross Lake Burley Griffin to visit the National Museum, home to artifacts from pre-colonial Aboriginal tribes, old furniture and weapons, as well as inventions, vehicles and artwork.

The National Gallery is the country’s largest art museum. It has famous indigenous paintings, sculptures from across Asia, and a host of works by Australian, American and European masters. Head to the Australian War Memorial and be moved by the sombre atmosphere. Explore the on-site museum to read about battles and see all kinds of military equipment.

There are plenty of attractions in Canberra aimed at families with young children, including Questacon, the national science centre. Kids will love the interactive exhibits and exciting demonstrations by staff. Check out the Royal Australian Mint to watch coins being made and even press one of your own.

At night head to the bars and restaurants in the city centre to sample wines from local vineyards and fresh produce from nearby farms.

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Australia’s national gallery has objects from across Asia and the Pacific, European and American works, and indigenous, colonial and contemporary Australian art. 

Wander the halls of this monument to learn about the battles fought by Australians, see military hardware and admire artworks.

Admire the scale, architecture and artwork of the building where Australia’s politicians make the big decisions. 

Explore the vast collection of Aboriginal art and artifacts, learn about the country’s colonial past, and see maps, vehicles, weapons and jewelry. 

Tour this building to see where Australian politicians met and debated for over 60 years and learn about the history and workings of Australian democracy.

Climb to the top of this beloved landmark for unbeatable views of Canberra’s cityscape, plentiful parks, Lake Burley Griffin and the green hinterland beyond.  

Learn about the history of Lake Burley Griffin, one of the top monuments in Acton. Wander the college campus and gardens in the area.

Join the kids for a day of learning about the wonders of science and technology at Australia’s national science centre.

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Explore Canberra's world class attractions on a splendid day tour of Australia's capital city. Understand and witness the vision of this of this modern designed city with tours as you take in exhibitions, galleries, architecture and visionary landscaping of Australia's bush capital.

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Discover Australia's capital city, Canberra, on this day-trip from Sydney. Offering a mix of city and country, Canberra boasts both an ultra modern exterior within the compounds of an outer region filled with rugged mountains and rolling hills.

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Discover the world from a magical, bird's-eye perspective in Cockington Green Gardens, Canberra's enchanting park devoted to miniatures. Wander among tiny, meticulously crafted buildings and pint-sized replicas of beloved landmarks, all set within beautifully manicured gardens.

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Discover where Australia's stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia. Enjoy a personalized introduction to the collections of the National Museum of Australia, located in the Australian capital of Canberra.

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Head up high into the sky in a majestic hot air balloon with this sunrise flight over the beautiful mountainous region of Canberra. A new day breaks over the picturesque capital of Australia, setting the city's top attractions aglow.

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Visit the National Museum of Australia and experience our Museum Highlight Tour. MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS TOUR: This tour provides an overall impression of each of the Museum's galleries. It offers an excellent general introduction to the National Museum of Australia.

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