Located within the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra is Australia’s purpose-built capital on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. It has been nicknamed the “Bush Capital” for its setting between agricultural farmlands and native forests, just inland from Australia’s southeast coast.
Parliament House dominates the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, created in a boomerang-shaped design that is considered a marvel of modern architecture. It lies just a short walk from Old Parliament House that was designed in a classical style and is now home to the Museum of Australian Democracy, as well as the National Rose Garden.
Don’t miss a visit to the nearby National Gallery of Australia, which boasts Australia’s largest art collection. There is an impressive number of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as masters from Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific region. Also of note is the National Portrait Gallery of Australia where around 400 portraits of some of the country’s most influential citizens are on display.
Canberra’s most poignant attraction is the Byzantine-style Australian War Memorial that commemorates those who lost their lives in wars since 1885. It also includes an art gallery and museum where you can learn more about Australia’s role in armed conflicts around the world and a collection of old aircraft to explore.
Spend time visiting the National Museum of Australia, with engaging exhibits on indigenous cultures, the Gold Rush era and migration, then head to the Questacon National Science and Technology Centre to take advantage of its hands-on and interactive exhibits.