Top 10 Things To Do In Canberra

OT Staff

Visit Questacon

Questacon is an interactive science centre where visitors can explore hands-on exhibits, scientific principles, and experiments, offering an educational and enjoyable experience for all ages.

View of the Questacon Science Museum located in the Australian Capital Territory | Shutterstock

Wine and Brewery Tours

Canberra's wine regions, including Canberra District and Murrumbateman, are famous for cool-climate wines. Enjoy guided tours, sample award-winning Shiraz, Riesling, and Chardonnay, and visit local breweries for craft beers and cider.

In the midst of a wine tour | Shutterstock

Spend A Day At Lake Burley Griffin

Lake Burley Griffin, named after Canberra's designer Walter Burley Griffin, is a central feature of the city. Enjoy leisurely walks, kayak or paddleboard rentals, and cycle the scenic loop.

A look at the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin | Shutterstock

Explore Braddon's Food Scene

Braddon, a trendy neighbourhood, buzzes with culinary creativity. Explore Lonsdale Street, where converted warehouses host cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops. Savour diverse cuisines, from wood-fired pizza and vegan delights to fusion dishes.

A view of delicious wood-fired pizza | Shutterstock

Visit Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial is a tribute to the nation’s military history. Explore artefacts, dioramas, and personal stories. Attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Commemorative Courtyard and visit the Hall of Memory with its eternal flame.

Inside the Australian War Memorial | Shutterstock

National Portrait Gallery

Immerse yourself in portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. Discover captivating faces, from historical figures to contemporary icons, celebrating Australians who have significantly contributed to art, culture, politics, and sports.

A view of the National Portrait Gallery | Shutterstock

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Tour

Visit the AIS for a guided tour of training facilities, sports science labs, and athlete dorms. Learn about elite athletes’ routines and cutting-edge performance enhancement technologies, and even meet them during training sessions.

Giant metal sculptures of a gymnast in play at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) | Shutterstock

Old Bus Depot Markets

On Sundays, the Old Bus Depot Markets feature local artisans, designers, and food vendors. Handmade crafts, unique fashion, gourmet treats, live music, and a vibrant atmosphere exist.

Inside the Old Bus Depot Markets | Wikimedia Commons

Mount Ainslie Lookout

Hike or drive up Mount Ainslie for stunning panoramic views of Canberra, including the city, Lake Burley Griffin, and surrounding hills. Visit during sunrise or sunset for magical city lights or colourful skies.

The Mount Ainslie lookout offers a stunning view of the Canberra city | Shutterstock

National Gallery of Australia

Art enthusiasts will enjoy the diverse collection at the National Gallery. It includes works by Sidney Nolan, Jackson Pollock, and Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Check the schedule for temporary exhibitions, and don't miss the sculpture garden and lakeside setting.

A James Turrell Skyspace Art Structure, adjacent The National Gallery of Australia | Shutterstock

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