Canberra Attractions

Things to do in Canberra

Whether you're keen to take a tour of Parliament House or reach the summit of Mount Ainslie, there's plenty of exciting things to do in Canberra. To kick-start your trip to the nation's capital, check out our latest offers and book with us today.

Walk along Lake Burley Griffin

To start your day in the ACT, grab a cup of coffee and head to Lake Burley Griffin. Popular with locals from season to season, this waterside walking track leads to plenty of outdoor fun, from fishing at Black Mountain Peninsula to swimming in Yarralumla Bay. And with free barbies at Weston Park, you can cook up a feast once the sun goes down.

Take a moment at The Australian War Memorial

If you're a bit of a history buff, keep an afternoon free to visit the Australian War Memorial. From the outdoor shrine, wander inside the museum to discover exhibitions about Australia's military involvement. Then, stick around for the Last Post ceremony, which begins just before 5pm in the Commemorative Courtyard.

Trek to the top of Mount Ainslie

Looking for a challenge? Lace up your boots and tackle the Kokoda Memorial Trail, which leads to the top of Mount Ainslie. Once you reach the summit, you'll be treated to unbeatable views of the city and Lake Burley Griffin, making it the perfect place for a few holiday snaps.

Explore the National Zoo and Aquarium

Travelling with kids? Treat the family to a day at the National Zoo and Aquarium. From white lions to red pandas, this wildlife park gives you an up-close look at some of the world's rarest species. And with a massive aquarium on-site, the fun isn't limited to land-based creatures. Whether you try to spy a reef shark or a gigantic Queensland groper, you're guaranteed a glimpse of life below sea level.

Pay a visit to Parliament House

The home of politics in Australia, Parliament House gives visitors an inside look into the nation's democratic process. While more in-depth tours are available on request, you can see the most significant features of the building on the Welcome to Parliament House tour, which is free for all guests. If you've got some spare time afterwards, take the short trip over to Old Parliament House and check out the Museum of Australian Democracy – an absolute must for #auspol followers.

Unwind in the Australian National Botanic Gardens

After you've seen the sights, get back to nature at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. While you're there, join a guided walk from the Visitor Centre or, if you'd prefer to explore the gardens at your own pace, download a map online and choose your own adventure.

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