Parliament House in Canberra
Australian National Parliament House

Where the regiment of Parliament meets a cultural revitalisation, Canberra is a stately city that’s switching things up. Take on the adventurous wilderness at the city’s doorstep, wander through the must-see museums and memorials or find a restaurant with a warm fire and an even more inviting menu.

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Places to stay

From those looking for a budget stay to those wanting to spend big, Canberra has a bounty of accommodation options available for everyone. In the shadow of Parliament House, you’ll find the suburb of Barton which has hotels that are filled with history, charm and affordable luxury. Without straying too far from all the sights nestled around the hill, Manuka and Kingston are hotspots of entertainment, dining and nightlife. For the city’s newest boutique and luxury hotels, New Acton is home to the arty Hotel Hotel and the quirky QT - both of which are close to the breweries and up-and-coming restaurants in Braddon. If you’re heading off to the snow, Canberra is a great base or stop-off for those heading to the wilderness of the alpine regions, or you can enjoy a wild city adventure instead at the unique Jamal Wildlife Lodge where the usual creature comforts come with a cheetah or two.

Things to do

Known as the “bush capital”, Canberra is a place where an endless array of outdoor activities seamlessly blend with cultural and culinary institutions that are showcasing the city’s evolution. There’s no better way to start your day than by joining in on the local pastime of cycling with a pedal around the lake. Once you’re done stretching your legs, pull up at one of the many cafes lining the Kingston foreshore to pick up your morning brew or if you’re there on a Sunday, grab some gifts from the Old Bus Depot Markets.

Prefer to spend your mornings soaking up history? A visit to the Australian War Memorial is a must for any visit to Canberra - it is a vivid depiction, and moving tribute to the brave men and women who served Australia in battle. To pay your respects to other influential Australians, a visit to the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia will see you come face to face with artistic legends. Looking for an outing that’s a little more laidback? Questacon and the National Museum of Australia are great for those who are wanting an interactive and fun way to keep the kids entertained - as well as the big kid in you. It’d be hard to miss Parliament House while you’re in Canberra, but for those intrigued by the inner workings of the hill, a guided tour is a great way to hear about all the history of the building.


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Close to the city, NewActon precinct is one of the most exciting places in Canberra for adventurous dining in a modern setting with artistic flair. It's known for its restaurants and cafes, as well as its dynamic design and outdoor art collection.

At the heart of this urban village is the intriguing Nishi building, home to new kid on the block, Hotel Hotel. This architectural gem features Monster Kitchen and Bar, a hatted restaurant drawing on seasonal local produce, as well as a cinema, a studio, lots of public art, hair salons and a range of public festivals throughout the year.

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Settle in for a boozy long lunch or grab a quick bite for dinner at the plethora of breweries, eateries and cool restaurants Barton has on offer - BentSpoke Brewing Co, Lazy Su and eightysix are all bustling options. If you’re looking for a spot to station yourself for the evening, the Melbourne Building is the best place for a bar crawl with the likes of the newly hatted Bar Rochford, the charming speakeasy Molly or the Budweiser-fuelled Bleachers Sports Bar, all located in this mecca for lovers of all things mixology. Canberra may not be Australia’s most well-known cultural capital but it’s well worth a visit.

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National Galley of Australia

Looking for culture in the capital? Find inspiration through creativity and journey as you explore the history of art at the National Gallery of Australia.
With diverse exhibitions, dynamic public programs and a national collection of over 160,000 works – including the largest display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world and works by leading contemporary artists – there is something for everyone. Located by Lake Burley Griffin and with a picturesque Sculpture Garden, visitors can picnic with a view between gallery-hopping.

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