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Canberra is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, located in the Australian Capital Territory state, a three hour drive south-west of Sydney and seven hours from Melbourne. Visitors who travel to Canberra are not only drawn to the region because its the
national capital city, but also for the national attractions housing the heritage, history and journey making Australia what it is today.
In 1908, Canberra was selected as Australia’s capital as a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne and is one of the world’s few planned cities where Walter Burley Griffin, a 20th century American architect, won an international competition
to design the city – true fact! Life is less busy within the city centre and suburbs, where people travel at a moderate pace. Peak honour traffic lasts only 15-20 minutes but still gives the locals something to grumble about. The city centre is filled with urban architecture, vibrant restaurants, stylish cafes and bars, boutique accommodation and enormous national structures. It’s quite fascinating.
It’s the perfect getaway, with activities and attractions the whole family will love – including Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre where all ages are challenged by the world of science. Nature walks and cycling trails are
found throughout the region. Playgrounds and parks around the city are only short distances from key accommodation hubs.
In the winter months, Canberra is the main gateway to the Snowy Mountains for a skiing getaway in the alpines of Australia. During this time you can’t miss out on Truffle Hunting season that runs from June to September. It’s a world-class event where experts will demonstrate the in’s and out’s of a successful truffle hunt!
A place of remembrance and reflection to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australian’s who lost their lives in war and those who lived on to share their stories and experiences. A world-class museum and memorial, showcasing Australia’s journey to where they are today.
The national art museum of Australia, home to over 150,000 works of art. Located in the heart of Canberra, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Be immersed among world-class exhibitions, admire prestigious pieces and explore some amazing spaces within the building structure itself. Great day out for all.
Venture to Mount Ainslie Lookout for a spectacular view of the city. Accessible by car, but for the more energetic there are walking and cycle tracks that weave through native terrain with birds and wildlife. Enjoy the impressive scenery at the top and if you can, time your visit for an amazing sunset or sunrise view.
This is where all the action happens within parliament. It’s an essential part of any visit to Canberra. The building itself is designed to last 100 years and is a very impressive structure. Entry is free and it’ll give you an insight to Australian history
Where the fun happens for a wintery experience, where specialised truffle hunting dogs scope 3000 trees within the farm for this ‘black magic’. The team at Truffle Farm will educate you on why they’re such a worldwide delicacy and the art to preparing them for decadent dishes. Runs from June to September.
Go behind the scenes of the AIS Campus on an award-winning AIS Tour. During our 90 minute guided tour, visitors might catch some of Australia’s top athlete’s in training as they walk through the world-class facilities including the AIS Arena, gymnastics centre, volleyball hall, strength and conditioning gym and the high performance testing and training pool. Visitors can challenge themselves, their friends and family in the newly renovated and revamped Sportex, one of Australia’s leading interactive sports exhibits, set amongst a unique collection of Australian sporting memorabilia.
This is an extraordinary place to explore the stunning architecture, contemporary spaces while you journey through the history, celebrations and tribulations of Australia and its people come alive. From Aboriginal history, to the days of the gold mining, interactive exhibits and treasures from all shapes and forms. Must-do tours include the First Australian’s Tour, Museum Highlight Tour and the Ultimate Museum Experience.
The First Australians Tour, takes you through the history and insights of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cultures, spiritual connections to the country. Immerse yourself in the interactive and sensory displays in the First Australians gallery Welcome Space and indigenous collections
The best way to explore and experience three of Canberra’s hottest attractions. Visit the Australian Institute of Sport; the sports and training institution, committed to the national standard of sports science. Explore miniature handcrafted buildings at Cockington Green Gardens. Be fascinated with more than 200 interactive exhibitions at Questacon-The National Science and Technology Centre. This pass gives you three times the excitement and 3 times the fun!
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