While Canberra is a meticulously planned capital city dotted with museums and galleries, its serene outdoors win travellers over with a vast expanse of breathtaking bushlands and nature trails.
The story of the Australian continent is narrated through exhibits and archives carefully preserved in the city’s national museums and galleries. On your trip to Canberra, you can deep-dive into the Indigenous heritage at the National Museum of Australia and browse through extensive contemporary and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the National Gallery of Australia. You can also visit the museum, shrine and research centre of the Australian War Memorial, stretching along the Parliament House. The Anzac Parade – a significant thoroughfare and key site for military memorials – is situated a stone’s throw away.
Canberra’s gorgeous centrepiece, Lake Blue Griffin, is where some of the best outdoor activities take place. You can set out on a long walk or bike ride along its shores with a backdrop of iconic buildings within the Parliamentary Triangle or enjoy some kayaking, sailing and rowing experiences. Spread over 47-acre, the National Zoo and Aquarium will acquaint you with splendid native and exotic wildlife as well as wondrous aquatic creatures. Another way to connect with nature on your Canberra holiday, is to explore the verdant collection of native plants at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.