Canberra is a stunning architecturally-designed city that blends cultural and political aspirations. As Australia's capital, it is the home of the Federal Government based at Parliment House. During parliamentary sitting weeks Canberra comes alive with the political and media buzz. The capital is also home to the National Gallery of Australia with over 170,000 works of art, the National Museum and the Australian War Memorial. The memorial is a must-see exhibit with memorabilia and personal stories from the many campaigns Australians have been involved in. Science buffs can head to Questacon and enjoy the many interactive displays and hi-tech exhibits.
Set on the
Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra has great natural beauty to explore and enjoy. Stroll around the lake or get active on the water with sailing, kayaking or rowing.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens features amazing rock gardens, native plants, eucalyptus lawns and its own rainforest. For flower lovers, each spring Canberra hosts Floriade where the gardens are ablaze with flowers. In autumn the skies come alive with the Canberra Balloon Fiesta.
For a bird’s view of the city, head up to Black Mountain so that you can climb the 195-metre Telstra Tower for spectacular 360 degree views. Around Canberra you'll find a premium wine growing region with many wineries and cellar doors to explore.
Canberra has a strong sporting culture as the home of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Australia's premier sports training facility for olympic and non-olympic athletes. Canberra is also home to the Canberra Raiders in the NRL and the ACT Brumbies in the Super 15 who both play out of Canberra Stadium. StarTrak Oval (Manuka Oval) also hosts a number of AFL matches each season.
Canberra has a lively nightlife due to the many young people who call it home with more cafes and restaurants per person than anywhere in Australia. Quickbeds has a great selection of hotels and last minute accommodation in and around Canberra.
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