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Definitive Guide – Things to do in Canberra, The Capital Of Australia

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Written by Dave Peterson

Definitive Guide – Things to do in Canberra, The Capital Of Australia

Things to do in Canberra – Parliament House

Australia’s centre of democracy was first opened in 1988 at a cost to the Australian Taxpayer of 1.1 billion dollars.   Parliament House is located at the heart of The Capital Of Australia, thus making it a must see during your stay in Canberra. Modern architecture plus a relaxed atmosphere along with easy access make it and essential stop, get right to the heart of Australia’s Democracy, make sure you tick this off your things to do in Canberra list.

 

Things to do in Canberra - Parliament House

Address: Parliament Dr, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia

Opened: 1988

Phone: +61 2 6277 7111

Inaugurated: May 9, 1988

Architect: Romaldo Giurgola

Opening Hours

Hours: 

Monday9am–5pm
Tuesday9am–5pm
Wednesday9am–5pm
Thursday9am–5pm
Friday9am–5pm
Saturday9am–5pm
Sunday9am–5pm
Things to do in Canberra – National Gallery of Australia

Also known as NGA, the National Gallery of Australia was originally named as the Australian National Gallery. Holding over 166,000 works of art, it is one of the largest museums of Australia which presents art in all forms. A good place for a better understanding as well as knowledge about art and artwork from all fields. One of the greatest things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra - National Gallery of Australia

Address: Parkes Place, Parkes ACT 2600.

Phone: +61 2 6240 6411

Established: 1967

Architect: Colin Madigan, Edwards Madigan, Torzillo and Partners

Opening Hours:

Monday: 10am-5pm

Tuesday: 10am-5pm

Wednesday: 10am-5pm

Thursday: 10am-5pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Things to do in Canberra – Questacon

Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre is a large science centre providing you over 200 interactive exhibits in relation to science and technology. Covers a large range of science topics, starting from zoology and reaching to astronomy, covering everything in between. Situated on the southern shore of the Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, visit Questacon for a vivid science experience and let this exploration be one of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra – Questacon

Address: King Edward Terrace, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia

Phone: 02 6270 2800

Founded: 1986

Inaugurated: 1988

Opening Hours:

Sunday – 9AM – 5 PM

Monday – 9AM – 5 PM

Tuesday– 9AM – 5 PM

Wednesday – 9AM – 5 PM

Thursday – 9AM – 5 PM

Friday – 9AM – 5 PM

Saturday – 9AM – 5 PM

Things to do in Canberra: Aspen Islands

A beautiful man-made island located in Canberra. Located within the ceremonial precinct of the Parliamentary Triangle of Canberra. Extremely beautiful view and exotic surroundings. Considered to be largest of all the three islands that are located at the south-eastern end of the Central Basin of Lake Burley in Canberra. A home to a number of activities. The best location for a private ceremony or event. Must visit and one of the top things to do in Canberra,

Things to do in Canberra: Aspen Islands

Address: In Lake Burely, GriffinVia Footbridge – Parkes Way, Canberra, ACT

Founded: 1963

Things to do in Canberra: Australian Institute of Sports

One of the finest sports training institutions of Australia. Extends along an area of 66-hectare site campus. A beautiful place to visit for the tourists and also for the ones who have a deep interest in sports. A place which gave birth to a number of sporting champions of Australia. Activity hub including sports activities such as rock climbing, football penalty shootouts, downhill skiing and many others. You must add it in your things to do in Canberra list and must take a tour.

Things to do in Canberra: Australian Institute of Sports

Address: Leverrier Street, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2617

Founded: 1981

Phone: 02 6214 1010

Director: Matt Favier

Opening Hours: 90-minute tours daily at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm as well as 2:30pm.

Things to do in Canberra: Australian National Botanic Gardens

Inspiring and informing. A scientific collection of all the native plants from the remotest corner of Australia. A herbarium showcasing all the preserved plant specimens that are closely related with the living collection. Protecting the Australian flora from extinction. A home to thousands of Australian plants. A must visit for both educational and leisure purpose. Serene and beautiful. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Australian National Botanic Gardens

Address: Clunies Ross St, Acton ACT 2601, Australia

Established: 1949

Phone: +61 6250 9588

Opening Hours:

Monday: 8:30am-5pm

Tuesday: 8:30am-5pm

Wednesday: 8:30am-5pm

Thursday: 8:30am-5pm

Friday: 8:30am-5pm

Saturday: 8:30am-5pm

Sunday: 8:30am-5pm

Things to do in Canberra: Australian War Memorial

The famous Australian War Memorial is a shrine, world-class museum as well as a wide archive. The purpose of this memorial is to honor and salute the sacrifice of all those Australian who have given away their lives in the war. This memorial has been established as a corporation by the Australian War Memorial Act, 1980. This memorial also happens to be a member of the Council of Australian Museum Directors. A must visit place if you want to gather information about the history of Australia. One of the must things to in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Australian War Memorial

Address: TreloarCres, Campbell ACT 2612, Australia

Opened: 1941

Phone: +61 (02) 6243 4211

Artwork: Soldiers, (Head of Gallipoli soldier with cigarette)

Opening hours:

Monday – 10AM-5PM

Tuesday – 10AM-5PM

Wednesday – 10AM-5PM

Thursday – 10AM-5PM

Friday – 10AM-5PM

Saturday – 10AM-5PM

Sunday – 10AM-5PM

Things to do in Canberra: Bendora Dam

A beautifully structured thin-wall, double curvature concrete arch dam of Canberra. Located across the upper reach of the famous Cotter River within the popular Namadgi National Park. Also comprises of an impounded reservoir known as the Bendora Reservoir. A huge supply source of potable water throughout the Australian Capital Territory. Also considered to be a famous site for all the locals as well as visitors. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Bendora Dam

Address: 1370 Bendora Rd, Cotter River ACT 2620, Australia

Opened: 1961

Height: 47 meters

Owner: Icon Water Limited

Impound: Cotton River

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: Big Splash Waterpark

One of the best things to do in Canberra. Perfect place to be in for all those people who look forward to cutting down the heat in the scorching summers. Cool vibes and an amazing ambience serves as a respite in the hot summers. Comprises of nine waterslides as well as five heated pools. Perfect place to enjoy a picnic for all the children and adults. Provides a number of services including rubber tubes using which you can float in the waterpark cinema. Additional services of food and refreshment at disposal. A great place to spend you fun-filled days.

Things to do in Canberra: Big Splash Waterpark

Address: 1 Catchpole St, Macquarie ACT 2614, Australia

Phone: +61 2 6261 1144

Founded: 1980s

Opening Hours:

Monday: 7am-6pm

Tuesday: 7am-6pm

Wednesday: 7am-6pm

Thursday: 7am-6pm

Friday: 7am-6pm

Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-6pm

Things to do in Canberra: Black Mountain

Black Mountain has an elevation of 812 metres,  it is situated to the west of the Canberra central business district on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin, in the Australian Capital Territory of Australia.

 

Things to do in Canberra: Black Mountain

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: Canberra Glassworks

A hub of glasswork. A destination where you could explore the beautiful glass art in different shapes and sizes. A glass art studio made open for the general public to explore the art of glass and watch the artists molding it into different shapes and sizes. Provides a self-guided tour to all the locals as well as visitors. The one of a kind contemporary glass center of Australia. Let’s you make your own paperweight from glass and to also take various introductory courses in the art of glass. A must visit place and one of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Canberra Glassworks

Address: 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT 2604, Australia

Founded: May 2007

Phone: +61 2 6260 7005

Opening Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10am-4pm

Thursday: 10am-4pm

Friday: 10am-4pm

Saturday: 10am-4pm

Sunday: 10am-4pm

Things to do in Canberra: Canberra Museum and Gallery

A beautiful museum and art gallery which is considered as one of the best museums and galleries of Australia. A home to some of the most beautiful and exclusive collection of art. Features a permanent collection known as Reflecting Canberra. Carries out different exhibitions and comprises of various galleries including paintings, photography and all kinds of other work of art. The museum displays the social history of the capital. Free of cost. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Canberra Museum and Gallery

Address: Cnr London Circuit and City Square, Canberra city

Founded: 1998

Phone: +02 6207 3968

Opening hours:

Monday: 10am-5pm

Tuesday: 10am-5pm

Wednesday: 10am-5pm

Thursday: 10am-5pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 12pm-5pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Things to do in Canberra: Casino Canberra

The first legal casino to be open in Canberra. Built on the land that was taken under a 99-year lease agreement in between the licensee and territory government. A venue entertaining European style gaming. The only casino of Australia not licensed to operate the poker machines. Comprises of more than 200 slot machines. Carries out a wide array of casino games. Includes casino rooms. Members can earn huge cash-prizes. A hub for all casino lovers. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Casino Canberra

Address: 21 Binara St, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

Opened: 29th July 1994

Phone: +61 2 6257 7074

Opening Hours:

Monday: 12pm-4am

Tuesday: 12pm-4am

Wednesday: 12pm-4am

Thursday: 12pm-4am

Friday: 12pm-4am

Saturday: 12pm-4am

Sunday: 12pm-4am

Things to do in Canberra: Commonwealth Park

A beautiful park organizing the annual spring Floriade festival of Australia. Covers an area of 34.25 hectares. A scenic destination comprising of various gardens exhibiting the beautiful glimpses of flora and nature. Features a number of other small things such as small ponds, water features, sculptures, walking trails as well as bike paths. One of the favorite destinations of the tourists. Includes the beautiful Regatta Point which has a view of High Court, National Gallery, National Library and various other beauties. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Commonwealth Park

Address: Alberta St, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia

Phone: +61 2 6271 2888

Opening Hours:

Monday: 9am-5pm

Tuesday: 9am-5pm

Wednesday: 9am-5pm

Thursday: 9am-5pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 9am-5pm

Things to do in Canberra: Glebe Park

One of the top things to do in Canberra is to pay a visit to the Glebe Park. Beautifully designed. Reflects the features similar to that of a traditional English Park. A great venue for a number of events including public meetings, weddings, concerts and the like. A perfect place to be in if you are searching for a scenic beauty. Designed to transform itself with the four different seasons of the year. Includes a playground, artwork, beautiful sculptures as well as irrigated grass.

Things to do in Canberra: Glebe Park

Address: Coranderrk Street, Canberra City, Asutralian Capital Territory, Australia, 2601

Phone: 13 22 81

Opening Hours:

Monday: 7am-10pm

Tuesday: 7am-10pm

Wednesday: 7am-10pm

Thursday: 7am-10pm

Friday: 7am-10pm

Saturday: 7am-10pm

Sunday: 7am-10pm

Things to do in Canberra: Government House

The official residence of the Governor General of Australia. Commonly referred to as Yarralumla. Set amid an area of 54 hectares. Considered to be one of the most expensive residential areas of the country. A site to a number of foreign embassies. Serves as the accommodation of the Queen of Australia on the account of their official visit to Canberra. A place for a number of events and activities of the Royals including credential ceremonies, receptions, investiture and many others. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Government House

Address: DunrossilDr, Yarralumla ACT 2600, Australia

Opened: 1891

Phone: +61 2 6283 3533

Architectural Style: Colonial Revival Architecture

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open on special days

Tuesday: Open on special days

Wednesday: Open on special days

Thursday: Open on special days

Friday: Open on special days

Saturday: Open on special days

Sunday: Open on special days

Things to do in Canberra– Lake Burley Griffin

The amazing spot in the center of the state, Lake Burley Griffin serves as an ideal playground of water. Activities like sailing, rowing, fishing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are enjoyed at large by the locals and visitors. A well-planned leisure arrangement of a cruise as well as ferry. Lake-side cafes and restaurants serve delicious food. This is one of the best things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra– Lake Burley Griffin

Address: Lake Burley Griffin, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2601.

Opened: 1963

Phone: 1300 554 114

Length: 11 km

Opening Hours: Accessible all hours.

Things to do in Canberra: Lake Ginninderra

A beautiful artificial lake located on the Ginninderra Creek. Adjacent to the famous Belconnen Town Centre. Comprises of a surface area of 1.05 square kilometers along with an average depth of 3.5 meters. Beautiful and scenic. A home to a number of wildlife creatures including moorhens, ducks, black swans as well as Rakali. Also a hub of a number of activities including swimming, fishing, walking trails, boating, sailing, windsurfing, picnicking and many others. One of the best things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Lake Ginninderra

Address: Townsend Place, Belconnen

Opened: 1974

Phone: 13 22 81

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: Lake Tuggeranong

A beautiful artificial lake located adjacent to the famous Tuggeranong Town Centre. Bounded by the suburbs of the Bonython. Planned to be built as a sediment trap to capture all the soil and debris so that the quality of the water was improved. Also feeds the famous Isabella Pond which later flows into the river. Also considered to be a famous recreational site and is a home to a number of activities such as fishing, swimming, windsurfing, boating and the like. A perfect place to spend your picnic day. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Lake Tuggeranong

Address: Lake Tuggeranong, Greenway ACT 2900, Australia

Opened: 1987

Inflow source: Tuggeranong Creek

Outflow location: Murrumbidgee River

Area: 57 ha.

Things to do in Canberra: Lanyon Homestead

A historic homestead as well as a gazing property. Situated on the southern outskirts of Canberra, Lanyon Homestead is also a home to natural and scenic beauty. Comprises of outbuildings sited within a rural property. A beautiful area which is also a home to a number of activities to be done and enjoyed. Includes a guided tour which shall be one of the top things to do in Canberra. Also offers a wide range of exciting learning and community programs along with special events. Comprises of a café that entertains enchanting views.

Things to do in Canberra: Lanyon Homestead

Address: Tharwa Dr Tharwa ACT 260, Australia

Founded: 1829

Phone: +61 2 6237 6500

Opening hours:

Tuesday: 10am-4pm

Wednesday: 10am-4pm

Thursday: 10am-4pm

Friday: 10am-4pm

Saturday: 10am-4pm

Sunday: 10am-4pm

Things to do in Canberra: Lennox Gardens

A beautiful park located on the Fylnn Drive in Yarralumla. Entertains a much older history as it has been the part of the original Royal Canberra Gold course. A great place to visit which is also a home to a number of facilities. Comprises of a huge number of memorials and monuments that are worth a view by the locals as well as visitors. Includes services such as cycle path, toilets, fitness equipment, cycling, electric gas, BBQs, fishing, drinking water, picnic tables and many more. One of the top things to do in Canberra. A must visit place.

Things to do in Canberra: Lennox Gardens

Address: Yarralumla ACT 2600, Australia

Opened: 1963

Phone: +61 13 22 81

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: Magna Carta Place

A monument that was a gift to the citizens of Australia from the British Government. Presented to commemorate the centenary of the Federation of Australia. Opened in the year 1997 on the 700th anniversary of the sealing of the 1297 issue of the Magna Carta by the King Edward Ist. The copy of the 1297 issue remains as a display in the nearby Parliament House. A must visit place for all those locals and tourists who are keen on knowing the glorious history of the nation. One of the top things to do in Canberra. 

Things to do in Canberra: Magna Carta Place

Address: Langton Cres Parkes ACT 2600, Australia

Opened: 1997

Phone: +61 2 6271 2888

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Ainslie

A picture-perfect view to capture. Raises up to a high altitude of 842 meters. Simply breathtaking. Serves as one amazing introductory point to the tracks of Canberra. Mount Ainslie provides you an amazing interpretive signage using which you can enhance your level of understanding about Canberra. One of the major attractions of the capital. A hotspot for all the passionate photographers. A home to a number of birds as well as a wildlife. A perfect picnic spot. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Ainslie

Address: Mount Ainslie Drive, Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2602

Phone: 13 22 81

Opening hours: open daily.

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Coree

A mountain formerly known as Mount Pabral. Rises up to an elevation of 1,421 meters. Located within the Brindabella Range on the border in between New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory. The summit of this mountain could be seen in the Australian Capital Territory. A beautiful mountain range serving as one of the most attractive destination of Canberra. A must visit if you are an adventure-junkie. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Coree

Address: Mount Coree, Uriarra NSW 2611, Australia.

Elevation: 1,421 meters

Parent Range: Brindabella Range

Mountain Range: Brindabella Range

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Ginini

One of the highest mountains located in the Australian Capital Territory. Rises up to an elevation of 1,762 meters AHD in the Brindabella Ranges. Considered to be the third largest mountain of the Australian Capital Territory. Also referred to as a recreational hub for a number of adventure junkies. Includes activities like hiking and bushwalking. Located close to the Ginini Flats Wetlands Ramsar Site. You must add it in your list of the top things to do in Canberra. A good place to be in for all the adventure lovers and passionate photographers.

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Ginini

Address: Mount Ginini Cotter River NSW 2611, Australia

Elevation: 1,762 meters

Prominence: 202 meters

Parent Range: Brindabella Range

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Majura

Considered to be the highest peak of suburban Canberra, Mount Majura also known as Mount Majura Nature Reserve forms a part of the Canberra Nature Park. A beautiful series of bush areas comprising beautiful landscape of hills as well as ridges. An easy access from the places like Watson, Hackett and Federal Highway. Elevation up to 890 meters, a beautiful place to enjoy a picnic. Scenic beauty, lush green bushes and fresh air – one of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Majura

Address: 88 Lime Kiln Road, Majura ACT 2608, Australia

Phone: +61 2 6262 3070

Opening Hours:

Monday: 10am-5pm

Tuesday: 10am-5pm

Wednesday: 10am-5pm

Thursday: 10am-5pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Stromlo

One of the most famous sites of Australia. Located at an elevation of huge 770 meters AHD in the Weston Creek District in Canberra. Also considered to be the most notable location of the Mount Stromlo Observatory. Forms a part of the catchment area of the Cotter River which happens to be the primary water supply of the Australian Capital Territory. Visit to this mountain is one of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Stromlo

Address: Mount Stromlo Road, Weston Creek, Australian Capital Territory, Australia 2611

Phone: 02 6125 6711

Opening hours:

Monday: 6am-7pm

Tuesday: 6am-7pm

Wednesday: 6am-7pm

Thursday: 6am-7pm

Friday: 6am-7pm

Saturday: 6am-7pm

Sunday:6am-7pm

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Stromlo Observatory

The best place to be in for all the science lovers. Forms a part of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University. A renowned and a globally respected community of all the researchers who explore science at their best. Open to all the members and public groups. A hub of a number of activities that could be enjoyed by the visitors. Includes a Visitors Centre as well as Heritage Trail. Also includes a kid zone and a café. A visit to this place is one of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Mount Stromlo

Address: Cotter Rd, Weston Creek ACT 2611, Australia

Phone: +61 2 6125 0230

Opening Hours:

Monday: 7am-6pm

Tuesday: 7am-6pm

Wednesday: 7am-6pm

Thursday: 7am-6pm

Friday: 7am-6pm

Saturday: 7am-6pm

Sunday: 7am-6pm

Things to do in Canberra: Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve

One of the most protected areas of Canberra. Extends along 781 hectares of grassy woodlands. Also includes an open grassland as well as scattering of the dams. A home to more than 150 species of flora, out of them a majority is wild flowers. Considered to be one of the most significant nature reserves of Australia. Also reflects a rich history of the Aboriginals as well as Europeans. Habitat to a majority of wildlife. Includes activities like mountain biking, walking, strolling, etc. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve

Address: Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, Australian Capital Territory 2914, Australia

Opened: 1994

Phone: 0432 574 887

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday:Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: National Arboretum Canberra

Created post the area of 250-hectare was burned because of the Christmas 2001 and Canberra bushfires of 2003. The futile land was changed into a green planting area in the year 2006. A phenomenal patchwork of young forests worth a view. Includes displays of flowering, fruiting, new spring growth, shedding bark, autumn color and many other attractions. A home to a number of birds and insects. Beautiful and fantastic lookouts to explore and enjoy. One of the must things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: National Arboretum Canberra

Address: Forest Dr, Canberra City ACT 2601, Australia

Founded: 2006

Open to public: February, 2013

Phone: +61 13 22 81

Opening Hours:

Monday: 6am-8:30pm

Tuesday: 6am-8:30pm

Wednesday: 6am-8:30pm

Thursday: 6am-8:30pm

Friday: 6am-8:30pm

Saturday: 6am-8:30pm

Sunday: 6am-8:30pm

Things to do in Canberra: National Carillon

Managed and maintained by the National Capital Authority on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. A beautiful architectural landmark which towers a height of 50 meters. A fascinating musical instrument including 55 bronze bells weighing between seven kilograms and six tons each. A gift to the people of Australia from the British Government as a mark of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Canberra. A perfect destination to spend time with your near and dear ones and to enjoy the best carillon recitals. A perfect place for picnic. You must include it among the things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: National Carillon

Address: WendoureeDr, Parkes ACT 2600, Australia.

Opened: 26 April, 1970

Phone: +61 2 6257 1068

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday:Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: National Dinosaur Museum

The largest as well as permanent display of all the prehistoric specimens in Australia. A well-constructed museum featuring 23 complete skeletons as well as more than 300 displays of individual fossils, paying a particular focus on the remains of the dinosaurs. Comprises of a gift shop that includes an extensive range of dinosaur replicas, natural history books and reports, crystals, fossils, toys, meteorites as well as minerals. One of the top visited places of Australia. One of the most amazing things to do in Canberra. A good place to expand knowledge and information about the dinosaurs.

Things to do in Canberra: National Dinosaur Museum

Address: 6 Gold Creek Ed, Nicholls ACT, 2913, Australia

Opened: 1993

Phone: +61 2 6230 2655

Opening Hours:

Monday: 10am-5pm

Tuesday: 10am-5pm

Wednesday: 10am-5pm

Thursday: 10am-5pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Things to do in Canberra: National Film and Sound Archive

Australia’s renowned audiovisual archive. A place is responsible for preserving, maintaining, developing, promoting as well as providing an access to the extensive national collection of all the audiovisual materials and the like. A record of all kinds of collections dated back to the nineteenth century. A custodian of more than 2.3 million items that have been collected and preserved for the generation of the future. One of the most fascinating things to do in Canberra to gain knowledge about the audiovisuals.

Things to do in Canberra: National Film and Sound Archive

Address: McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601, Australia

Founded: 1984

Owner: Government of Australia

Phone: +61 2 6248 2000

Opening Hours:

Monday: 9am-5pm

Tuesday: 9am-5pm

Wednesday: 9am-5pm

Thursday: 9am-5pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Things to do in Canberra: National Library of Australia

Largest reference library of Australia. Holds the record of all the important documentary resources of the national significance which are related to Australia as well as its citizens. A widened and comprehensive collection of library material that an individual wouldn’t find anywhere else in the country. The number of manuscript material available is 6,496,772. Too much to explore for a bookworm. One of the most amazing things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: National Library of Australia

Address: Parkes PI W, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia

Founded: 1960

Phone: +61 2 6262 1111

Architect: Walter Bunning

Opening Hours:

Monday: 10am-8pm

Tuesday: 10am-8pm

Wednesday: 10am-8pm

Thursday: 10am-8pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 1:30pm-5pm

Things to do in Canberra: National Museum of Australia

The perfect interpretation of the social history of Australia. The National Museum of Australia is located in Canberra and is the result of the National Museum of Australia Act, 1980. Entertains 50,000 years of indigenous heritage settlements and includes key events such as Federation as well as Sydney 2000 Olympics. Beholds the largest collection of stone tools and bark paintings of the Aboriginals. An extensive range of books, journals and catalogues also available for the readers. Thus, if you are an art lover or a reader, your visit to this museum is one of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: National Museum of Australia

Address: Lawson Cres, Acton ACT 2601, Australia

Phone: +61 2 6208 5000

Founded: 1980

Architect: Howard Raggatt

Opening Hours:

Monday: 9am – 5pm

Tuesday: 9am – 5pm

Wednesday: 9am – 5pm

Thursday: 9am – 5pm

Friday: 9am – 5pm

Saturday: 9am – 5pm

Sunday: 9am – 5pm

Things to do in Canberra: National Portrait Gallery

The best art place in Australia to visit. A huge collection of portraits of some of the most renowned and prominent local who have brought laurels in the country by the way of their sense of art. Includes work of some of the most renowned names such as Howard Arkley, Ned Kelly and many others. A wholesome array of musicians, artists, entertainers, royalty, sports people, etc. If you are an art-lover, it’s the time to include this place in one of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: National Portrait Gallery

Address: King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2600

Established: 1998

Phone: +01 6102 7000

Artwork: Edward John Eyre

Architect: Richard Johnson

Opening Hours:

Monday: 10am-5pm

Tuesday: 10am-5pm

Wednesday: 10am-5pm

Thursday: 10am-5pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Things to do in Canberra: National Rose Garden

Welcome to the world of some of the most beautiful roses of the world. Located at the sides of the Old Parliament House at the side of the Senate as well as the House of Representatives. A magnificent garden which are worth a view. Also incorporates Bowling Green, tennis courts. Has been listed on the National Heritage List. A famous venue for various high-class events. Incorporates a huge variety of roses which are fresh and blooming. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: National Rose Garden

Address: Parkes Place and King George Terrace, Parkes

Founded: 1930s

Cost: Free of Cost

Opening Hours:

Monday: Always open

Tuesday: Always open

Wednesday: Always open

Thursday: Always open

Friday: Always open

Saturday: Always open

Sunday:Always open

Things to do in Canberra: National Workers Memorial

The only place of Australia that is concerned with honoring all those workers who have died by the way of work-related accidents, incidents or disease. This place pays a tribute to their hard work and determination that they had put in their work. This place also reflects on the evolving ideas, aspirations as well as values of the community of Australia in regard to the safety at workplace. Also acknowledges the important contribution as well as achievement of the workers of Australia in building a bright nation and working towards its development. Showcases all the tall and slender columns. A visit to this place is one of the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: National Workers Memorial

Address: Parkes ACT 2600, Australia

Phone: 02 6272 2902

Opening Hours:

Monday: 8am-6pm

Tuesday: 8am-6pm

Wednesday: 8am-6pm

Thursday: 8am-6pm

Friday: 8am-6pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Things to do in Canberra: Old Parliament House

Formerly known as Provisional Parliament House, Old Parliament House was the seat of the Parliament of Australia from the years 1927 to 1988. Serves as a venue for a number of concerts, lectures as well as exhibitions. Constructed with an idea of a provisional building to serve the needs of the Parliament of Australia up to a maximum time period of 50 years. A building constructed with a classic style and architect. Includes gardens, décor as well as other furnishings. Must be included in the top things to do in Canberra.

Things to do in Canberra: Old Parliament House

Address: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600, Australia

Established: 1927

Phone: +61 2 6270 8222

Architect: John Smith Mudorch

Opening Hours:

Monday: 9am-5pm

Tuesday: 9am-5pm

Wednesday: 9am-5pm

Thursday: 9am-5pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 9am-5pm

Things to do in Canberra: Parliamentary Triangle

Also known as the National Triangle, the Primary Triangle of Canberra is considered to be the precinct of Canberra. Comprises of some of the most beautiful as well as significant buildings of Australia. All the buildings in this triangle have been designed for a visual effect. Formed and founded by the Commonwealth, Kings as well as Constitution Avenues. Also comprises of some of the buildings showcasing the national significance of the country.

Developed and maintained by the National Capital Authority. Also a hub to various recreational activities. One of the major tourist attractions and things to do in Canberra if you are traveling and exploring the capital.

Things to do in Canberra: Parliamentary Triangle

Address: Southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin.

Opening Hours:

Monday: Always open

Tuesday: Always open

Wednesday:Always open

Thursday: Always open

Friday: Always open

Saturday: Always open

Sunday: Always open

Things to do in Canberra: Pine Island Reserve

A beautiful reserve comprising of small plantation of pine trees. A perfect location surrounding the flow of Murrumbidgee River. Easily accessible by land. Becomes an island only during the time of the peak flows in the river. A beautiful island resulted on the discovery of the Europeans. One of the most popular spots of Canberra. Includes a number of activities and facilities such as barbeques, picnics, potable water, toilets and many others. A home to a number of activities such as kayaking, swimming, fishing, bird-watching, etc. One of the top things to do in Canberra. A place must visit.

Things to do in Canberra: Pine Island Reserve

Address: Pine Island Rd, Greenway ACT 2900, Australia

Opened: 20th May 1980

Phone: +61 13 22 81

Opening Hours:

Monday: 9am-9pm

Tuesday: 9am-9pm

Wednesday: 9am-9pm

Thursday: 9am-9pm

Friday: 9am-9pm

Saturday: 9am-9pm

Sunday:9am-9pm

Things to do in Canberra: Reconciliation Place

An urban landscape that has been designed in the Parliamentary Triangle of Canberra. A place reaffirming the shared history of Australia along with the commitment to Reconciliation forming an important national priority. A famous monument as well as a tourist destination. Comprises of pathways involving public artworks, themes of the achievements of the Indigenous and many others to be seen and explored. A subtle presence of monument along with a scenic beauty to be explored. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Address: King Edward Terrace Parkes ACT 2600, Australia

Opened: 2001

Phone: +61 2 6271 2888

Opening Hours:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: Royal Australian Mint

Want to know the sole producer of all kinds of circulating coins of Australia? This is the place to be in. One of the top tourist destinations of Australia. Very first mint of the country which is not a brand of the Royal Mint in London. Encounter the a,b,c of the preparation of Australian coins at this mint. Concerned primarily with the manufacture of the large tender precious metal coins of Australia. Also produced the medals for the 2000 Summer Olympics in conjunction with the Mint of Perth. One of the most fascinating things to do in Canberra.

 

Address: Denison St, Deakin ACT 2600, Australia

Founded: 1965

Phone: +61 2 6202 6999

Opening Hours:

Monday: 8:30am-5pm

Tuesday: 8:30am-5pm

Wednesday:8:30am-5pm

Thursday: 8:30am-5pm

Friday: 8:30am-5pm

Saturday: 10am-4pm

Sunday: 10am-4pm

Things to do in Canberra: Russell Offices

The Russell Offices complex located in Canberra comprises of the administrative headquarters of the Australian Defense Force. A complex of office buildings situated in the Canberra suburb of Russell. Also includes the Australian Security Intelligence Organization and is a home to the Air Force Head Quarters. A home to all the important activities and practices relating to the defense. One of the top things to doin Canberrais to pay a visit here.

Address: Russell Offices, Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 1300 333 362

(The Russell Offices is not open to public. You can only take a view of it from the outside).

Things to do in Canberra: Scrivener Dam

A concrete gravity dam impounding the Molongolo River. Creates the Lake Burley Griffin which was established for ornamental as well as recreational purposes. Designed in Germany. Rises high for about 33 meters with a total length of 319 meters and a thickness of 19.7 meters. Capability of handling a once in the 5,000 year flood event. One of the most visited tourist spots of Canberra. You shall add in your top things to do in Canberra list.

Address: Lady Denman Dr, Weston Creek ACT 2611, Australia

Opened: 20th September, 1964

Opening Hours:

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Things to do in Canberra: Telstra Tower

The iconic telecommunication tower of Australia. Rises 195.2 meter above the peak of the Black Mountain. Enchanting views for all the visitors. Offers panoramic views for 360 degree along with various indoor and outdoor platforms. A hub of a number of facilities. Offers a well-planned telecommunication facility, executive briefing center that consists of five conference rooms, a theatrette as well as breakout areas. The highest operating posting box of Canberra. A beautiful revolving restaurant and café where you can enjoy good meals. A must visit and one of the top things to do in Canberra.

Address: 100 Black Mountain Dr, acton ACT 2601, Australia.

Height: 195meters

Opened: 15 May, 1980

Phone: +61 2 6219 6120

Opening Hours:

Monday: 9am-10pm

Tuesday: 9am-10pm

Wednesday: 9am-10pm

Thursday: 9am-10pm

Friday: 9am-10pm

Saturday: 9am-10pm

Sunday: 9am-10pm

Things to do in Canberra: Tidbinbilla Natural Reserve

A natural reserve comprising of known sites of the Aboriginal significance. Includes the Birriagi Rock Shelter which happens to be the oldest Aboriginal site within the territory. A well-constructed natural reserve comprising of a large valley floor, the Gibraltar range as well as the Tidbinbilla Mountain. Offers sights of the oldest Aboriginal occupation along with a few fascinating evidences. A beautiful reserve which could be a home to a number of activities including hiking, strolling, fishing, climbing and many others. One of the top things to do in Canberra.

Address: Tidbinbilla Ring Rd, Paddys River ACT 2620, Australia.

Area: 54.5 square kilometers

Phone: +61 2 6205 1233

Opening Hours:

Monday: 7:30am-6pm

Tuesday: 7:30am-6pm

Wednesday: 7:30am-6pm

Thursday: 7:30am-6pm

Friday: 7:30am-6pm

Saturday: 7:30am-6pm

Sunday:7:30am-6pm

Things to do in Canberra: Weston Park

One of the most popular spots of Canberra. Situated on the peninsula on the western side of Lake Burley Griffin. Pleasant view as water on the three sides keep you calm and relaxed. Scenic and exotic beauty. A hub of a number of facilities. Activities such as swimming, biking, cycling, beach-walking, are some of the most common activities pursued. Good accommodation and related facilities for the visitors. A beautiful picnic spots. Visit to this park is one of the top things to do in Canberra.

Address: Weston Park, Rd, Yarralumla ACT 2600, Australia

Opened: 1963

Phone: +61 13 22 81

Opening Hours:

Monday: 7am-11pm

Tuesday: 7am-11pm

Wednesday: 7am-11pm

Thursday: 7am-11pm

Friday: 7am-11pm

Saturday: 7am-11pm

Sunday:7am-11pm

Please let us know your favorite places in Canberra to visit.

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Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson
Passion for adventure and sharing his life long journey with as many others as possible.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." HENRY S. HASKINS

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