As the nation’s capital, Canberra is the home of the full Australian story thanks to its many attractions, cultural museums, politics, Indigenous heritage, beautiful flora and fauna, and the many national celebrations. Whether you are visiting Canberra for a weekend or longer, there is no shortage of fun things to see and do. The following is just a brief overview of the activities available to you during your visit.
History and architecture
The city of Canberra is in itself an architectural marvel. The plan for the city was designed in 1912, and is filled with iconic buildings. Not only that, but you can explore some of the popular museums and memorials, such as the Anzac Parade, the Australian War Memorial, the Canberra Museum and Gallery or even the National Archives of Australia. There are also plenty of beautiful places of worship and embassies that will impress the architect in you.
Food and wine
If you love food, then you’ll love exploring all the modern cafes, stylish restaurants and award-winning food and wine boutiques in and around Canberra. Brewery and winery tours are some of the more popular foodie activities, as any wine tour will take you to some of the most gorgeous rural surrounds to taste some of the best wine the region has to offer. Not only that, but there are plenty of fresh food markets you can take your family to if you want to pick out some of the region’s tastiest produce and make your own award-winning meal.
If it’s nature discovery you’re after, there is plenty to be found in the nation’s capital. Bush and parkland is integral to the city’s design, so you don’t even have to roam very far to take a walk on a beautiful trail through the city, stroll through a nature reserve to spot kangaroos, or hear a chorus of birds on one of the many hills within the city limits.
To see some wildlife up close, take the whole family to visit the Tidbinbilla Nature Discovery Sanctuary to see some brush-tailed rock wallabies, koalas, reptiles, possums and echidnas in their natural habitat. The Australian National Botanic Gardens are a must-see as well for any plant-lovers in your group.
If you have any shopping urges you can satisfy them in Canberra. Local art, crafts, wine, gourmet produce and clothes can easily be found either in the city boutiques, the Manuka and Kingston shopping centres, outlet shopping centres and markets. Many of the shops, galleries and boutiques only stock regional products so you are sure to find something special to remind you of your visit.
Fun for the whole family
Just because Canberra is the capital, it doesn’t mean there aren’t fun things for kids of all ages to do. Many of the attractions in Canberra are either free or have very low admission fees, and the cheapest way to keep the kids entertained is to buy a 3 in Fun ticket. This ticket includes entry to Questacon, Cockington Green Gardens and the Australian Institute of Sport, and is sure to please everyone in your family.
While travellers may not automatically think about Canberra as an exciting Australian destination, there is actually a lot here for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are staying for a weekend or longer, it’s not even possible to get bored!