Welcome to the political heart of Australia; the capital, Canberra. Some of Australia’s greatest monuments are easily accessible just by taking a walk through the streets. Canberra plays host to a community of residents who've relocated from larger cities such as Melbourne and Sydney to work in politics, government and related industries such as media. Add a large student population and a number of renowned galleries and museums, and the result is a small but cosmopolitan city with a great food scene and plenty of creative flair.
Wine and dine
Canberra's reputation as a culinary destination is relatively newfound. The city has played host to several excellent fine dining restaurants for decades. But in the past 10 years Canberra has found its own culinary identity based around an emerging cool climate wine region and an explosion of mid-tier eateries reflecting residents' changing tastes. Head to ONA Coffee to try a particularly excellent flat white (the cafe is owned by local Sasa Sesic, who won the World Barista Championship in 2015). Let your jaw drop with the presentation of the mouth-watering meals that are presented at renowned Pomegranate restaurant. Creating contemporary Australian cuisine with a Mediterranean influence, the chef spotlights only the best seasonal and fresh produce. Make sure you also check out Monster Kitchen & Bar. The restaurant is located in the trendy ground floor of the hip Hotel Hotel. Setting the vibe, the lounge is a series of nested spaces made of woven, rough-formed concrete structural lintels. Here you can gather with friends for a morning coffee, evening dinner or share plates. Being a hotspot for politicians, make sure you keep your ears open for the latest political gossip!
Every day is a school day
Canberra is home to 54 Museums and Galleries so it's easy to see why you could learn something new everyday. These are some of our top picks...
- Visit Parliament House for the day and experience Australia’s democracy system in action! You can watch Question Time, committee inquiries being discussed and see bills being debated from the stands. You will also find Australia’s finest treasures and art displayed here.
- Bring the whole family along to Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre. With more than 200 interactive activities relating to science, the centre strives to help educate and entertain in the funniest possible way. This is fun for all ages, and a highlight of Canberra.
- The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, world-class museum, and an extensive archive, and commemorates the sacrifice of those Australians that gave their lives for their country. Running until the end of November 2018, you can watch the Roll of Honour name projections in the evenings.
- Discover the history and art of Australia at Canberra Museum and Gallery, focusing on the Indigenous culture, European settlement and our interaction with the environment.
The national capital is home to Floriade, Summernats, the National Folk Festival, National Multicultural Festival, Enlighten and many more. Canberra hosts important national events such as Anzac Day, as well as significant annual festivals including the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. These major drawcards bring thousands of people to Canberra every year.
Blockbuster art and culture events entice many visitors to these national attractions each year. Plus Canberra hosts world-class sport, including cricket, rugby and other must-see games. Any of these events provide a terrific reason to visit the nation’s capital.
The Infinity Experience
Take a slideQuestacon
Stop and smell the flowersFloriade
Lest We ForgetWikipedia
Take a self-guided tour around the lakeSpiritland
It's question timeWikipedia