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…
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…
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 plenty of big cats and cute critters to keep the kids amused. It also offers various behind-the-scenes experi…
Museum in Canberra

Museum of Australian Democracy

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

National Museum of Australia

Perhaps it's the disconcerting angular nature of the building itself or the disjointed layout of the displays, but there's something about this celebration of all things Australian that doesn't quite gel in the way …
Park in Canberra

National Arboretum

Located on land previously affected 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…
Lake in Canberra

Lake Burley Griffin

This ornamental lake was created in 1963 when the 33m-high Scrivener Dam was erected on the Molonglo River. It's lined with important institutions and monuments, including the National Carillon and Captain Cook Memo…