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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
4. National Zoo and Aquarium
Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla
What is it? View exotic and native animals, ocean and freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians. See leopards, lions, tigers, cougars, bears, monkeys, Tasmanian devils, sharks and Barrier Reef exhibits. Feed kangaroos and pat dingoes. The complex is beside Lake Burley Griffin, and large habitats provide ideal viewing for education and enjoyment. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm. Closed Christmas day Phone:(02) 6287 8400
5. Cockington Green
Gold Creek Village, 11 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls
What is it? Opened to the public in 1979, Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village is an award-winning display of miniature buildings and landscaped gardens and one of Canberra's landmark attractions. As well as the stunning miniature displays and breathtaking gardens, there is a Heritage Rose Walk, a maze, several cafés, a barbecue, picnic and playground areas and a steam train ride that circles the grounds. Hours of Operation: Daily 9.30am to 5pm (last admission 4.15pm) Phone:(02) 6230 2273
6. National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Place, Parkes
What is it? Located on the south shore of the lake, the National Gallery has the best collection of art in the country. The Australian collection ranges from traditional Aboriginal art through to 20th-century works by Tom Roberts, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan and Albert Tucker. Aboriginal works include bark paintings from Arnhem Land, pukumani burial poles from the Tiwi people and printed fabrics from central Australia. A permanent feature is The Aboriginal Memorial (1987-88), an installation of 200 painted hollow log coffins by the artists of Ramingining in Arnhem Land. The Memorial, a collaborative work involving 43 artists, is dedicated to all indigenous Australians who have lost their lives defending their country since European settlement. There's also plenty of foreign art from all eras, and many important international exhibitions are exhibited in Canberra on their way around the world. The collection is not confined to paintings; sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, furniture, ceramics, fashion, textiles and silverware are all on display. Hours of Operation: Daily 10am to 5pm Phone:(02) 6240 6411

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Transport -Public transport is limited to buses and because the city is spread out, with meagre weekend services and no transport after about 10pm, visitors are best off with a car.


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