From our ancient Indigenous past and colourful colonial history, to the modern multicultural country of today, our nation’s capital holds and shares the essence of Australia through the national collection. Visit the National Gallery of Australia, home to more than 165,000 works including Australia’s largest collection of Indigenous Australian artwork and explore the National Museum of Australia.
Fully appreciate the capital’s charm from the air in a hot air balloon as the early morning sun fills the valley and lakes with soft morning light. Tempt your tastebuds in the national capital, where bistro-style cafes and quality quick eats blend perfectly with stylish restaurants and sleek high-end dining experiences or take advantage of the fact Canberra sits in the centre of a boutique, cool climate wine region, where you can find more than 30 cellar doors within 35 minutes drive of the city.
Come face to face with the famous, the infamous and the sometimes forgotten icons of Australian history at the National Portrait Gallery. Experience, celebrate and be inspired by the spirit of democracy through the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House’s collections and exhibitions. Visit the Treasures Gallery and see beautiful, rare and unexpected gems from the National Library of Australia’s extraordinary collection.
Free fall six metres down a vertical slide, swing 360 degrees using your own momentum or be shaken by an earthquake, as you uncover the mysteries of science at Questacon. Explore Canberra’s major landmarks from land or water. The central basin of picturesque Lake Burley Griffin is a hub of activity, especially in the warmer months. Get active with rowing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boating.