13 May 2012

Top 10 things to do in Canberra

Australian War Memorial
  1. Reflect on our history with a trip to the Australian War Memorial. Exhibitions include the Colonial Conflicts, a telling of Australia’s early military history from European settlement to the Boer War; WWI, WWII and modern conflicts. On display is machinery used during the war including a range of classic aircrafts.

  1. Spend time at the National Museum of Australia and explore the historical vehicle, indigenous, jewellery, migration, science and technology, gold, exploration and environment collections. Enjoy interactive displays while learning about Australia’s short but memorable history.
Lake Burley Griffin

  1. Bike ride around the man-made Lake Burley Griffin, in the heart of Canberra. If you prefer to get into the water, hire a paddleboat and peddle your way across. The lake is close to many of the national institutions including National Gallery, National Museum and National Library.

  1. See the world in miniature at Cockington Green Gardens. Walk amongst detailed miniature buildings set in landscaped gardens, including an English style village with houses, canal boats, castles and a church. The park also has a 34 room Dolls House and miniature steam train ride.  

  1. Get close to wildlife at the National Zoo and Aquarium. From cheaters, tigers, giraffe and red pandas the zoo has animals from the most exotic places on earth. There is the chance to book a personal meet and greet with some of the big animals or join an interactive keeper talk on weekends and school holidays.

    National Gallery of Australia
  1. Walk through the National Gallery of Australia. Offering 4 main areas - Australian, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, European and American plus Asian - the gallery holds over 160,000 pieces of art. Also available to explore is a sculpture garden with 26 hand crafter sculptures created by Australian and international artists.

    1. See sport stars train at the Australian Institute of Sport with a behind the scenes tour. Departing 4 times daily these tours cover the swimming centre, 400 metre track and gymnastics hall. If you are in town for a while you can enjoy the AIS’s world class facilities yourself by joining a fitness program, training at the fitness centre or learn life saving skills at the Swim School.

    Old Parliament House
    Parliament House
    1. Visit old Parliament House then walk over the new Parliament House. Home to Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House offers 1920s architecture and fine design, offering guided 45 minute tours. Sitting behind the temporary home of politics, on Capital Hill, is the current home of Australian politics. A visit allows a chance to see the chambers, watch Question Time and see a Magna Carta from 1297.

    1. Take part in interactive science at Questacon. Experience Excite - a 6 metre slide offering a taste of gravity, weightlessness and a surge of fear. Imagination Factory offers the chance to explore puzzles, learn about pulleys, wheels and gears. This is interactive learning at its best and everyone big or small will walk away with new knowledge. 

    Floriade, Canberra
    1. Enjoy Canberra’s distinctive seasons with a visit during spring to see 1 million flowers bloom on cue at Australia’s celebration of spring, the Floraide festival. Best of all – entry to the biggest flower festival in Australia is free!

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