Top 5 Things to do in Canberra

Our nation’s capital is home to many events and attractions. There is truly something for everyone, whether their interests lie in politics, history, art, nature, or even fine wine. Here are our Top 5 Things to do in Canberra.

Parliament House

When it comes to the running of our beautiful country, it is in Canberra that the biggest decisions are made. See how our government works in a visit to Parliament House, with behind-the-scenes tours allowing you to sit in on Question Time and watch bills being debated live. There is also the Parliament House Art Collection that contains a variety of historical exhibits, and of course, there’s the impressive architecture.

National Gallery of Australia

Canberra is filled with art and artists. From painted murals to galleries, old pieces to modern art, there is something for everyone’s taste. One of the largest art museums in Australia, the National Gallery of Australia is the place for all you art lovers out there. On top of their Australian and International art galleries, their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection is the biggest in the world.

Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Want to connect more with nature? Get close and personal with the wildlife at Jamala Wildlife Lodge. Choose from a stay in one of their ornately-decorated rooms, including uShaka Lodge, Giraffe Treehouses, or the Jungle Bungalows. Each offer unique experiences, with exotic animals roaming free (giraffes just loooove your attention!) or relaxing as close as can be with only protective glass separating your from their enclosure. It’s an experience you won’t ever forget!

Mount Ainslie Lookout

There is no better way to view Canberra than from Mount Ainslie. The lookout is accessible via car, bike, or on-foot, so it can be part of a day of activities, or a full-day event including a picnic. Make sure to bring your camera to get that perfect shot – though with the spectacular scenery, every shot is one for the books!

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

This one is truly for the nature lovers. The Sanctuary and Eucalypt Forest is a refuge for animals, making it the perfect way to see them naturally in their habitat. Travel along the pathway that connects the series of ponds, viewing platypuses, and a variety of birds, as well as bandicoots, rock wallabies, and others. Learn about the Ngunnawal culture and heritage from an experienced ranger guide or explore at your own pace in a self guided group. There is so much to see and do here, you won’t know where to start. Just make sure to bring a water bottle, comfortable shoes, and sun safe clothing.

These are just some of the many things Canberra has to offer. With so much to see and do, you will want to expand your trip.

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