As home to the Australian National Collection, you can explore significant culture, art and history throughout our museums, galleries and archives. You can discover embassies, landmarks, markets, shopping, food and wine. Then throw in some recreational activities spanning our lakes or bustling precincts, or explore fresh, natural surrounds including Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Corin Forest. Canberra offers a great diversity of attractions and experiences.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Canberra is blessed with an abundance of culture and artistic expression. Our museums and galleries house living collections of national and international acclaim, as well as local works, to savour and inspire.
You’ll find the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks on display at the National Gallery of Australia, the Foundation Collection of Sir Sidney Nolan’s paintings at Canberra Museum and Gallery, and a standing legacy to Canberra’s earliest settlers at Blundell’s Cottage. It’s time to start your enlightening tour of Canberra’s collections.
OUTDOORS & NATURES
Canberra’s beautifully planned city makes our outdoor attractions easily enjoyed. More than half of the ACT is protected as nature reserve, so the beauty on offer is right on our doorstep. You’ll discover waterfalls, gorges, rivers, lookouts and snow-capped mountains. Australian native animals and scenic flora are frequently encountered in our natural surrounds.
Canberra is a natural outdoor gym for the energetic, with extensive walking and mountain bike trails, climbing facades, fishing or paddling opportunities, and great campgrounds. The kids can also explore Canberra’s many and varied playgrounds, parks and picnic spots to wear themselves out.
SHOPPING & MARKETS
Canberra’s shopping scene is bursting with the best in boutique, local creations as well as homewares, big department stores, malls and fashion labels. Great shopping matched with plenty of cafes to rest weary feet can be found in the cool precincts of Braddon, the City and Manuka.
Plus, Canberra is home to some fabulous markets. Explore ‘Canberra’s Sunday Best’ at the award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston, or if you’re looking for the freshest local produce, try one of the farmer’s markets to tantalise your tastebuds.
Developed in 1988 as a grand, one off floral tribute to mark Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary, Floriade has become Canberra’s most iconic annual tourism event and Australia’s premier spring festival.
The floral display of more than a million bulbs and annuals planted across 8,000 square metres of inner city parkland is more than just a flower show. Floriade is a diverse, ever expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities.
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