Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Canberra

National Gallery of Australia

The nation's extraordinary art collection is showcased in a suitably huge purpose-built gallery within the parliamentary precinct. Almost every big name you could think of from the world of Australian and internatio…
Top Choice Gallery in Canberra

National Portrait Gallery

Occupying a flash new purpose-built building, this wonderful gallery tells the story of Australia through its faces – from wax cameos of Indigenous Australians to colonial portraits of the nation's founding families…
Top Choice Notable Building in Canberra

Australian Parliament House

Opened in 1988, Australia's national parliament building is a graceful and deeply symbolic piece of architecture. The building itself is embedded in the Australian soil, covered with a turf roof and topped by a spin…
Top Choice Museum in Canberra

Australian War Memorial

Canberra's glorious art deco war memorial is a highlight in a city filled with interesting architecture. Built to commemorate 'the war to end all wars', it opened its doors in 1941 when the next world war was alread…
Top Choice Museum in Canberra

Museum of Australian Democracy

The seat of government from 1927 to 1988, this elegantly proportioned building offers visitors a taste of the political past. Displays cover Australian prime ministers, the roots of democracy and the history of loca…
Top Choice Museum in Canberra

National Museum of Australia

As well as telling Australia's national story, this museum hosts blockbuster touring exhibitions. The Gallery of First Australians is jam-packed with Aboriginal artefacts is a highlight. However, the disjointed layo…
Top Choice Museum in Canberra

Questacon

This kid-friendly science centre has educational and fun interactive exhibits. Explore the physics of sport, athletics and fun parks; cause tsunamis; and take shelter from cyclones and earthquakes. Exciting science …
Gardens in Canberra

Australian National Botanic Gardens

On Black Mountain's lower slopes, these large gardens showcase Australian floral diversity over 35 hectares of cultivated garden and 50 hectares of remnant bushland. Various themed routes are marked out, with the be…
Museum in Canberra

Canberra Museum and Art Gallery

This local musuem is worth it for the Sidney Nolan's alone – including his Ned Kelly series and Burke and Wills Expedition – but there's also an exhibition on Canberra's story which is often overshadowed by 'nationa…
Zoo in Canberra

National Zoo & Aquarium

It's certainly not the biggest in Australia but Canberra's zoo is well laid out and animal friendly, with native fauna such as Tasmanian devils and dingoes to keep the kids amused. It also offers various behind-the-…