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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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Canberra holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Canberra Deep Space Centre
421 Discovery Drive, Tourist Drive 5, Tidbinbilla
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 in 3-D. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm (until 6pm in summer). Closed Christmas Day 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 Road. 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



Canberra holidays - Top Events


1. National Multicultural Festival

From 2007-02-05

To 2007-02-18

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

From 2007-02-23

To 2007-02-25

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 available. Where is it? Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell



3. Canberra Balloon Fiesta

From 2007-04-01

To 2007-04-30

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

From 2007-04-05

To 2007-04-09

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

From 2007-05-04

To 2007-05-13

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 importance. Where is it? Various




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