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Over half the area of the Australian Capital Territory, ACT, is a national park, with a well-developed and maintained network of walking trails through mountain ranges and sub-alpine forest. A spectacular way to see the city is to take a hot air balloon ride high over Lake Burley Griffin. The surrounding region offers more than 30 wineries, historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains.

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia was rebuilt in 1968, and inspired by the Parthenon. Australian copyright law requires that a copy of every book published in Australia is to be deposited with the National Library of Australia. Although the library has “closed access”, it also holds a national bibliographic database and offers access through the Libraries Australia service.

AddressParkes Place, Parkes, Canberra
Phone+61 2 6262 1111
More InfoNational Library of Australia offers free guided tours

New Parliament House

The New Parliament House, the seat of Federal parliament, was completed in 1988 in time for the bicentennial celebrations of the first settlement by the British in 1788. The futuristically designed building features the use of native timbers and contemporary art work by Australian artists.

AddressCapital Hill, Canberra
Phone+61 2 6277 5399

Old Parliament House

Built in 1927, the old parliament house served as the seat of government until 1988, and is now open for tours through the chambers and corridors of power. The lovely Rose Gardens on either side of this national heritage site are a visual delight.

AddressKing George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra
Phone+61 2 6270 8222

National Museum of Australia

Spectacularly situated on Acton Peninsula thrusting out into Lake Burley Griffin, the museum explores the events, issues and people that shaped the nation. With all the historical material The National Museum of Australia really holds a rich and diverse collection.

AddressLawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra
Phone+61 2 6208 5000
Opening hoursOpen daily 9am-5pm, except Christmas Day
More InfoThe free Canberra Centenary bus runs every 30 minutes between the museum and other destinations.

Australian War Memorial

The Australian war memorial serves both as a memorial to Australians who served their country and as a military museum. The building, roughly shaped like a Byzantine church, is a revered national shrine.

AddressTreloar Crescent, Campbell, Canberra
Phone+61 2 6243 4211

National Gallery of Australia

The national gallery of Australia holds a comprehensive collection of Australian art including a superb collection of Aboriginal art. The gallery also hosts special interest exhibitions from around the world.

AddressParkes Place, Parkes, Canberra
Phone+61 2 6240 6411

Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre

The interactive science and technology facility, Questacon, really delights its visitors. Both the young and the old will be entertained by walking around discovering the hands-on exhibits and much more.

AddressKing Edward Terrace, Canberra
Phone+61 2 6270 2800
More InfoOff King Edward Terrace

Lake Burley Griffin

Explore the lake either by walking or cycling the many pathways around the lake shore or take a cruise on the lake.

AddressLake Burley Griffin, Canberra

Caving at Wee Jasper Caves

Are you ready to get a little dirty? Explore the Wee Jasper Caves near Canberra for a different and thrilling caving experience. As you abseil into darkness, you can look up to see the sunlight filtering in. Wee Jasper Caves are known for their unique and fascinating limestone features and they are sure to take your breath away.

AddressCarey's Cave, Caves Rd, Wee Jasper, Canberra
Phone+61 2 6227 9622

Hot Air Ballooning over Canberra

Enjoy hot air ballooning and view Canberra’s top attractions. This is a unique experience of floating gently over the nation’s capital. Take off at dawn and rise slowly with the sun to the splendour of a new day. After the flight they leave you with champagne and memories that last a lifetime.

Address120 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla, Canberra
Phone+61 2 4990 9242
More InfoThe adress is the meeting point for flying

Go Karting

Who would have thought that you could burn rubber undercover in Canberra?! Yes, there is a place to get your adrenalin hit, so grab a friend and come on out to enjoy the heart pumping action of go kart racing.

AddressHincksman Street, Queanbeyan, Canberra
Phone+61 2 6260 2511

National Zoo & Aquarium

The National Zoo & Aquarium is the only combined zoo and aquarium. Just five minutes from Canberra you will find a park with a wide variety of animals.

AddressScrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra
Opening hoursOpen every day 10.00am-5.00pm except Christmas Day


The Floriade is an annual event in Canberra that celebrates spring. Visit Commonwealth Park for the showcase of one million flowers in bloom. Wander around in the park and enjoy all the colors at this world-class festival.

AddressCommonwealth Park, Canberra
Opening hoursAnnualy, 30 days over the months September and October

Royal Canberra Golf Club

For a good game of golf at one of the best inland courses in Australia, pay a visit to the Royal Canberra Golf Club. Walk around at this picturesque course among trees, pines and Australian natives.

AddressBentham St, Yarralumla, Canberra
Phone+61 2 6282 7000

Mount Ainslie

Get one of Canberra's best views from Mount Ainslie over the Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. Drive, walk or bike up the mountain for a spectacular view during the day or a beautiful sunset.

AddressMount Ainslie Drive, Canberra