Cool Things To Do In Canberra, Australia

Canberra, the capital city of Australia, is not only a hub of politics and culture, but also a destination for some cool and unusual activities
People cycling in Canberra, Australia
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Barring the occasional cricket lovers and quizzers, Canberra is one those Australian cities that is unknown to many. It is also often brushed aside as nothing but the capital city of Australia amidst the country’s big cities such as Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, or Brisbane.

However, you must know that Canberra is steeped in a rich culture and a history of its own. The city happens to be a unique blend of old and new and it can easily be aristocratic yet insanely fun.

Let’s dive into some fun things to do when on a visit to Canberra.

Visit The Iconic Parliament House

Parliament House
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Australia’s Parliament House becomes a must-visit to witness a dash of politics and decision-making in action. It is located at the Capital Hill area in Canberra and a guided tour can be taken to explore the workings of the Australian government and the history of power in the country at this place. Entry to the place is free of cost meaning the only spends will be at the popular Queen's Terrace Café. Art lovers can see some wonderful Australian art including one of the world’s largest tapestries at this place.

Timings: Open Monday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

Venter Into The Australian National Botanic Gardens

Gippsland Water Dragon perched on a rock
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Discover more than a quarter of Australia's astounding and varied flora in the bushland setting of Canberra at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The place makes for the perfect escape from a city to a serene wonderland at a stone’s throw from bustling Canberra. Moreover, this amazing destination too, is free of any cost.

It's the only spot in the world where you can witness such a high degree of plant diversity in one area, spanning over 4,300 plant species across 35 hectares. Take advantage of the free guided tour, the Flora Explorer ride, or spoil yourself in the day spa, bookstore, or cafe.

Timings: Open Monday to Sunday, 8.30 am to 5 pm

Dig The Past At The National Museum Of Australia

National Museum Of Australia
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The National Museum, one of Canberra's most fascinating locations, is devoted to exploring and cataloguing Australia's past. Like most museums in Canberra, it is also completely free to enter.

Its exhibitions include a variety of topics and nearly everything is interactive, which is one of its best features. Learn about the history and culture of the Aboriginal people, the nature and geography of Australia today, bushrangers and lifesaving, and much more here. Kids can even design and create robots with the help of a program here.

Timings: Monday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

Sign Up For A Workshop In Canberra Glassworks

Glass artists working at Canberra Glassworks workshop
Glass artists working at Canberra Glassworks workshopShutterstock

The Canberra Glassworks is a remarkable centre for contemporary glass art, craft, and design in Australia. The Glassworks is located in the historic Kingston Power House, and it's the only contemporary glass centre in the country. You can take a self-guided tour and explore the beauty and versatility of glass in a new light. While you're there, make sure to visit their retail space and see professional glass artists at work. If you're feeling creative, you can book one of their Make Your Own experiences, Creative Workshops, or School Holiday Programs on their website.

Getting There

The Canberra Airport serves domestic and limited international flights. Train services from Sydney, efficient road networks from Sydney (via the Federal Highway) and Melbourne (via the Hume Highway), and bus routes connecting major cities facilitate travel. Upon arrival, taxis, shuttles, or public transport enable easy access to the city centre. Local buses are the primary mode of transport within Canberra.

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