Things To Do In Canberra

"Canberra is THE place for Museums and Culture!"

There are plenty of things to do in Canberra, the nations capital and most come hear to visit the museums. But as you will see from the list of Canberra attractions below, it's not just about the musuems.

There are plenty of green areas to explore given this has been a very planned city.

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What To Do In Canberra

Explore the museums:

What's visually stunning is standing at New Parliament House and being able to see in one straight line the Old Parliament House, and the War Memorial. It's worth coming to the New Parliament building just to capture this view.

If I only had a day or two in Canberra, I would pick the first two museums on this list and then try and squeeze a third in if had time. I'd then go to the lake or go up the Telstra tower. There certainly is plenty of things to do in Canberra!

You can take a tour of New Parliament House. You can even sit in when Parliament is in session and get to understand how it all works. There are guided tours, usually in the afternoon that are very informative. Make sure you visit the rooftop for stunning views over Canberra. I'd allow 45 mins tops to see this classic Canberra tourism attraction.

Australian War Memorial will give you full details on Australia’s participation in the wars over the ages. There is a shrine, museum and archive facility in the same building. This is probably one of the best museums in Canberra and probably Australia. It is so well done and very interesting. I know you are probably thinking "it's not for me, I hate war things", but trust me! Visit this one. You won't be disappointed. A must do of the things to do in Canberra!

Get to understand Australian culture at the National Museum Of Australia. Use an aboriginal grinding stone and hear interesting stories of our heritage.

Enjoy room after room of interesting art at the National Gallery of Australia. From indigenous art to modern Australian design, there will be something for everyone’s taste in this museum. Don’t miss the Sculpture garden which has a special fog exhibition where you can walk through the fine mist. It’s open on warm days before 2pm. Another great idea from the long list of things to do in Canberra.

If you want to find out more about your own history or trace relatives then head to the National Library where you can browse the archives.

The National Science and Technology Centre has a very interactive experience and a great one if you have kids. It's called Questacon Canberra

Australian Institute of Sport lets you take guided tours with elite athletes. You can study Australia’s sporting achievements and have a go yourself. A good choice if you want things to do in Canberra for kids.

If you’d rather go star gazing then head to Canberra Space Dome or the Conservatory after 6pm

Other Canberra Activities

Explore the Green

Given the design of Canberra , there are plenty of things to do in Canberra that involve beautiful green spaces to explore. Head just 10 minutes out of the city in any direction and you will stumble upon beautiful walking tracks. You can get a full list from the Canberra visitors centre.

Lake Burley Griffin (named after the architect of Canberra) is also a lovely place to watch the world go by, take a walk, picnic, boat, kayak or ride a bike.

Cockington Green - a miniature village with beautiful gardens. The kids will love this place. Bring a picnic.

From Black Mountain you can see great views over Canberra. You can visit the viewing tower and revolving restaurant in the Telstra tower.

The nearest National Park is Narmadgi and has lots of walking tracks. The two most popular tracks are Yerabi and Square Rock. Both offer picturesque views and the second takes in aboriginal rock art. The park’s main hub is Tharwa and is a good place to start and pick up any information on the walks etc.

This park also runs into Kosciuszko National Park at the South East side. Mount Koscuiszko is the tallest peak in Australia and can be climbed for the real adventure lovers out there.

Head 40 minutes out and you will find Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. This is a chance to get up close and personal to some of Australia’s wildlife. It’s also a spiritual aboriginal place.

If you are here over Easter then don't miss the National Folk Festival Canberra - It's a great place to come and enjoy the music and dance.

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