A purpose-built and designed capital city, Canberra has long been the repository for our national treasures, many of which are housed in the buildings and fascinating collections of Australian Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and National Museum of Australia.
Canberra is a place where nature intrudes elegantly into designed urban spaces, boasting exciting boutique precincts, gastronomic highlights and cultural must-dos that belie its small size – all just a three-hour drive from Sydney or 40 minutes by plane.
Hip hotels abound from chic new architectural masterpieces to heritage-listed splendour and even a wildlife lodge where you can stay overnight with the animals right outside your room.
NewActon, an innovative cultural precinct, is one of the new ‘cool’ areas and like the popular Braddon dining and retail strip, has put the city on the map for design, creativity and originality with a variety of dining and bar options as well as trendy galleries and homewares shops.
Embrace Australia’s story and discover its treasures as you wander through the galleries and museums within the Parliamentary Triangle, then sit down for a bite to eat overlooking Lake Burley Griffin.
Bringing together a world-class museum, shrine and archive of Australian history, the Australian War Memorial is regularly rated a favourite by visitors. Explore Australia’s political story as you wander through Australia’s Parliament House.
The National Gallery of Australia – houses the country’s national art collection while the National Museum of Australia and National Capital Exhibition on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin are home to the stories of our nation – our indigenous history, landscape, people, and the history of how the site and design of Canberra became.
Surrounding Canberra you will find more than 30 boutique cool climate vineyards within 35 minutes’ drive of the city centre and great farm to table concepts like Pialligo Estate and Poachers Pantry. There’s also an abundance of nature experiences where you can get close to native wildlife like Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
The heart of Australian parliamentary democracy and the meeting place of a nation.