Prepare to experience one good thing after another when you take a trip to Canberra this spring.

Outside the gates of Floriade visitors will discover a city full of surprises including world-class food and wine, attractions that hold and share the stories of Australia and breathtaking natural beauty – where everything is just moments away.

Enjoying the great outdoors comes naturally in the bush capital. Soar above Lake Burley Griffin in a hot air balloon, hike the mountainous surrounds or venture into our nearby national parks like Tidbinbilla to get up close and personal with native Australian wildlife.

After all that fresh air you’ll have earned a little indulgence. Refuel in the inner-city foodie precincts of Braddon, NewActon and the Kingston Foreshore, where you’ll find a delicious combination of hipster coffee shops, innovative cafes and award-winning restaurants – or spend the day sampling the ACT region’s cool climate wines, with more than 30 cellar doors located within 35 minutes drive of Canberra.

If arts and culture is your thing, Canberra has you covered with a multitude of galleries and museums to explore and discover more about Australia’s history. Head to the Parliamentary Triangle where you can find the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, Parliament House and more of Canberra’s famed attractions, many of which are located just a short stroll from one another. At the National Gallery of Australia, discover the bright and colourful works of artist Frank Stella in The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection until 22 October.

Our fun-filled city is the perfect destination for families. Let the kids run wilder than their imaginations with a flurry of family-friendly activities including monstrous milkshakes at Patissez, lifelike dinosaurs at the National Dinosaur Museum and weird and wonderful science experiments at Questacon. If outdoor fun is in order, discover the fun Pod Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra or explore the trails and gardens at the stunning Australian National Botanic Gardens.

When it comes to Canberra, you never know what unexpected wonders are waiting around the corner.

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