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A culture capital in a leafy, lakeside setting

Explore the nation's capital and you’ll discover a sophisticated city sitting pretty in a lush and leafy landscape. Enjoy world-class galleries and museums, innovative dining precincts and waterfront activities around Lake Burley Griffin. Go beyond the city limits to find nature reserves and wine regions.

Fun things to do

  • Get to know Canberra's incredible national museum and gallery collections
  • Spend the day cycling, picnicking or boating at Lake Burley Griffin
  • Dip into Braddon's boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Get close to nature and wildlife at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • Fall in love with Canberra's cool-climate wines on a winery tour

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Explore the museums and galleries

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Put faces to names at the National Portrait Gallery.

Spend a day (or three) discovering Canberra's incredible national collections. Immerse yourself in Indigenous cultures and histories at the National Museum of Australia. Put faces to the names of prominent Australians at the National Portrait Gallery, set in an architecturally stunning space. Or head to the National Gallery of Australia to view works by local and international artists. Be sure to check out the gallery's Australian Garden and take a moment to reflect inside James Turrell's Within without Skyspace lighting installation.

Spend the day at Lake Burley Griffin

Walking track at Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin with autumnal trees and greenery alongside the track.Shutterstock
Explore the walking tracks around Lake Burley Griffin.

Pull your sneakers on and go walking or hire a bike and hit the 40km of cycling tracks around Lake Burley Griffin. This gorgeous lake surrounded by greenery is at the heart of the city and you can easily spend a day soaking up the scenery. There are parklands ideal for a picnic and waterside restaurants. You might even spot a kangaroo here. Go kayaking or fishing, book a lake cruise, or hire a GoBoat and go your own way.

Get boutique in Braddon

Close-up of four beers in a metal holder at Bentspoke Brewpub, Braddon, Canberra. Image credit: Visit CanberraVisit Canberra
Try the local brews at BentSpoke Brewpub.

Head north of the city to Braddon, a once-industrial area now percolating with coffee roasters, microbreweries and crafty artisans. This popular hub is humming with cafés, bars and restaurants, and is home to the Ori Building retail complex on Lonsdale Street. Spend a few hours exploring the boutiques and design stores. After hours, you can go for a brewed-on-site beer at BentSpoke Brewpub, go food-van hopping or dine on modern Australian cuisine at the super sleek eightysix.

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