Canberra is often overlooked by visitors to Australia in favour or Sydney and Melbourne, but it is the best location to explore Australia's culture and heritage through its many galleries, museums and the old & new federal parliament buildings.
Known as the ‘Bush Capital’, it is surrounded by forest, farmland and nature reserves. Canberra is a planned city with wide boulevards lined with large buildings and green open areas surrounding spacious suburbs. The focal point is Lake Burley Griffin, with its impressive water jet fountain.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
The Australian War Memorial – very moving with exhibits from dioramas of battlefields to modern interactive displays
New Parliament House – daily, free guided tours. See the House of Representatives and the Senate and stand on top, under the giant flagpole and admire the view.
The annual Floriade Festival – flowers (in their thousands), plants, music and market stalls. It gets incredibly busy, but worth going for the atmosphere. This year it runs from Saturday 17 September until Sunday 16 October 2016.
Lake Burley Griffin – put on your trainers and cycle around its 35-kilometre perimeter, or if that is too ambitious you can walk/jog certain scenic sections. From a certain look out point you can see Yarralumla which is the official residence of the Governor-General and where The Queen stays on her visits.
FOOD & DRINK
PLACES TO EXPLORE NEARBY
Canberra Wineries - Did you know that within a 40 minute drive there are 140 vineyards with more than 33 wineries? Take a tour and sample some distinctive, award-winning cool climate wines. Click here for a fun list to work your way through....
Jervis Bay is a two hour drive from Canberra on the New South Wales south coast. Famous for its white, sandy beaches.
Australian Alps - Bushwalk in Namadgi National Park or venture further afield and climb Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest peak.
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