Canberra is the capital city of Australia, founded following the federation of the colonies in 1901, and home to many national monuments and federal institutions. Renowned for being the meeting place of Australia’s politicians, Parliament House in Canberra is the official residence of several government departments and a key drawcard for tourists.
But don’t let the politics put you off – Canberra offers an exciting diversity of attractions for couples, families and solo travellers. The Australian War Memorial is a treasure trove for history buffs, while the kids will love exploring Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre. If nature and the outdoors are more your thing, visit the National Zoo and Aquarium, or hire a bike and ride around Lake Burley Griffin before enjoying a picnic lakeside.
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Canberra is also earning its stripes as a foodie destination, with award-winning local produce, an eclectic mix of restaurants, wineries, bars and breweries, and a burgeoning coffee scene that could give Melbourne a run for its money.
Art, culture and history abound with a diverse array of exhibitions, theatre programs, galleries, museums and markets to choose from – and once you’ve exhausted all Canberra has to offer, the beaches of New South Wales’ south coast are just a short drive away.