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Canberra is a well-organized, purpose built city with many museums, galleries and national monuments. The city is built around artificial lakes and is a good place for enjoying the outdoors. It offers natural reserves, parks and gardens. Canberra is the country's political centre and a good destination for historical and fine art collections.
The city has several well-known national monuments and world class institutions like the National Museum, National Film and Sound Archive, Australian Academy of Science, National Archives, National Library, National Portrait Gallery and the Australian War Memorial. The government buildings in the city like Royal Australian Mint, High Court and Parliament House are open to the general public.
Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra is home to the National Carillon and Captain James Cook Memorial. Other sites worth visiting include the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Black Mountain Tower, National Dinosaur Museum and the National Zoo and Aquarium.
The Tuggeranong and Lanyon Homesteads located in the Tuggeranong Valley, Blundellís' Cottage and Mugga-Mugga are sites that showcase the lifestyle of the area's early European settlers. The Calthorpes' House dating back to the '20s in Red Hill is also a good example of the city's early days.
Canberra has several good venues for theatre and live music including the Llewellyn Hall and Canberra Theatre and Playhouse. The first ever performance venue in Canberra was the Albert Hall.
Canberra has many nightclubs and bars in areas like the city, Kingston and Dickson where live entertainment is offered. Stonefest is a very popular music festival in the city celebrated for two days each year.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Canberra Deep Space Centre
421 Discovery Drive, Tourist Drive 5,
|What is it? The Canberra Space Centre contains a
collection of space memorabilia, models, theatres and interactive
exhibits covering the last 40 years of space flight and
exploration. Visitors can weigh themselves on the moon and see Mars
Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm (until 6pm in summer). Closed
Phone:(02) 6201 7880
|2. Michelago Tourist Railway
Henderson Rd, Queanbeyan
|What is it? The Australian Railway Historical Society Inc
operates regular Sunday steam train rides to Royalla on the first
and third Sunday of each month, and on the second and fourth Sunday
operates rail motor trains to Royalla. Ride the "Spirit of
Tuggeranong" or the "Tin Hare Express" to Royalla, enjoy a picnic
lunch and then hop back on for the return trip. Other trips
available include evening railroad dinner and dancing trips. The
trains operate from Queanbeyan Railway Station, Henderson
Hours of Operation: Office hours: 10am to 3pm (weekdays)
Phone:(02) 6284 2790
|3. Australian National Botanic Gardens
Clunies Ross Street, Acton
|What is it? The Australian National Botanic Gardens,
sited on the slopes of Black Mountain, is the world's finest living
collection of Australian native plants. Set among natural
eucalypts, they provide an ideal setting to display the nation's
unique and beautiful floral heritage. The variety of eco-systems in
the Gardens encourages a host of birds. Other features include the
Aboriginal Track, a Rock Garden, Rainforest Gully, the Mallee and
the Tasmanian Garden.
Hours of Operation: Daily 8.30am to 5pm (until 6pm weekdays and 8pm
weekends in January)
Phone:(02) 6250 9450
holidays - Top Events
|1. National Multicultural Festival
|What is it? The highlight of the cultural calendar of
Australia's capital city is the 10-day extravaganza of
entertainment and art, which makes up the annual National
Multicultural Festival starting on the first Friday of every
February. The festival launches with a huge concert which is
followed on the succeeding ten days by a wide variety of
exhibitions, open air markets, music performances, theatre, dance
and numerous other events organised by all manner of businesses,
organisations and diplomatic missions.
Where is it? Various throughout Canberra
|2. Royal Canberra Show
|What is it? The countryside comes to town for the Royal
Canberra Show, popular for all ages and stages with its livestock,
exhibits, fireworks and grand parades. More than 150 attractions
pull the crowds to Exhibition Park, along with 5000 or more
animals, hundreds of trade displays and thousands of competitors
vying for various awards. Admission costs are AU$15 for adults and
AU$8 for children aged 6-16 years. Concessions are
Where is it? Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell
|3. Canberra Balloon Fiesta
|What is it? The sight of dozens of colourful hot air
balloons rising gently into the early morning air from the lawns in
front of Canberra's Old Parliament House is stirring. Perhaps that
is why Canberra's Fiesta has become Australia's premier ballooning
event, and the city's signature autumn event. To complement the
spectacle of the majestic balloons, there are also numerous other
entertainments, sideshows and food stalls laid on in the vicinity
for the duration of the fiesta.
Where is it? Old Parliament House Lawns
|4. National Folk Festival
|What is it? Thousands of entertainers, from story-tellers
to circus clowns, and folk singers to crafters, gather together
each Easter in Canberra for a mammoth folk-fest. No stone on the
vast field of Australia's multi-cultural population is left
unturned in this exciting themed event in a cleverly created
village atmosphere. Besides a full concert programme, dance
performances, poetry readings, free music lessons and children's
entertainment the festival offers thrilling shopping opportunities
at hundreds of stalls and plenty of delicious food, from paella to
pizza and beyond.
Where is it? Exhibition Park
|5. International Chamber Music Festival
|What is it? The chamber music on offer in Canberra's
well-known annual Autumn series, played by brilliant international
and Australian artists, is enhanced by the settings chosen for the
concerts. The venues are all unique to Canberra, being inside
embassies, national institutions and churches, all of national
Where is it? Various