Canberra is filled with natural and scientific museums, art galleries and impressive architecture; each unique aspect combines to give the city its relatively distinguished flavour.
As a result of its original design during the historic “green city movement” back in the early 1900s, it’s both well planned and abundant with nature with a whopping 53% of the total area being preserved as parks and reserves. Canberra’s location as an inland city sets it apart from most of Australia’s other coastal capitals, and as a result, its geographical location gives easy access to a variety of landscapes that can be reached within a short distance from the city.
It is a great base to explore the surrounding regions and its many offerings such as wineries, historic townships, the Great Dividing Range and the famous Snowy Mountains to name a few. Within the city itself, opportunities present themselves for you to immerse yourself in the arts, indigenous culture and discover the original home of the Australian story.
Pay a visit to the National Science and Technology Centre for a dose of educational fun, see the hub of training for our Olympic athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport (or AIS), and while away time at the National Gallery of Australia – where many of the country’s most iconic works of art can be found.
Striking a comfortable balance between both Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra is a solid choice for travel destinations for those who like their holidays laid-back and culture-oriented; get the most out of your trip to Canberra with our guides below.