Top Choice Notable Building in Canberra

Parliament House

Opened in 1988, Australia's national parliament building is dug into Capital Hill, and has a grass-topped roof topped by an 81m-high flagpole. The rooftop lawns encompass 23 hectares of gardens and provide superb 36…
Top Choice Gallery in Canberra

National Portrait Gallery

This gallery tells the story of Australia through its faces – from wax cameos of Aboriginal tribespeople to colonial portraits of the nation's founding families and contemporary works such as Howard Arkley's Day-Glo…
Top Choice Gallery in Canberra

National Gallery of Australia

Includes an extraordinary Aboriginal Memorial from Central Arnhem Land created for Australia's 1988 bicentenary. The work of 43 artists, this 'forest of souls' presents 200 hollow log coffins (one for every year of …
Top Choice Museum in Canberra

Australian War Memorial

Canberra's most rewarding museum experience includes halls dedicated to WWI, WWII and conflicts from 1945 to the present day. A spectacular aircraft hall segues to sound-and-light shows staged in the massive Anzac …
Top Choice Gardens in Canberra

National Arboretum

Located on land previously impacted by bush fires, Canberra's National Arboretum is an ever-developing showcase of trees from around the world. It is early days for many of the plantings, but it's still worth visiti…
Sports Institute in Canberra

Australian Institute of Sport

The country's elite and aspiring-elite athletes hone their sporting prowess at the AIS. The 90-minute tours led by resident athletes have information on training routines and diets. There are displays on Australian …
Gardens in Canberra

Australian National Botanic Gardens

On Black Mountain's lower slopes, these 90-hectare gardens showcase Australian floral diversity. Self-guided trails include the Joseph Banks Walk, and there's a 90-minute return trail from near the eucalypt lawn le…
Museum in Canberra

National Film & Sound Archive

Set in a delightful art-deco building, this archive preserves Australian moving-picture and sound recordings. There are also temporary exhibitions, talks and film screenings in the Arc Cinema.
Library in Canberra

National Library of Australia

This library has accumulated over six million items since being established in 1901; most can be accessed in the reading rooms. Don't miss the Treasures Gallery, where artefacts such as Captain Cook's Endeavour jour…
Zoo in Canberra

National Zoo & Aquarium

Book ahead to cuddle a cheetah ($175), get close to a red panda, white lion or giraffe (from $50), or take a tour behind the scenes to hand feed lions, tigers and bears (from $120). Bus 81 from the Civic interchange…