Tour the Australian Capital Territory from Canberra, home to Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia, with its dedicated Aboriginal art galleries. Follow the Poachers Way to wineries and galleries, picnic along the Murrumbidgee Corridor and discover the wildlife, walking trails and Aboriginal rock art of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park. Explore the magnificent Australian Alps.
What you can see in The Australian Capital Territory
Visit Canberra and her many national monuments and galleries, national parks, the Australian Alps and an emerging food and wine scene.
Explore Canberra for Australian culture and history at superb monuments and galleries in this city surrounded by parklands and native bushland. Visit Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and Questacon. Experience the the Balloon Fiesta in autumn, Fireside Festival in winter, and Floriade in spring. Explore the Australian Alps or Tidnbinbilla Nature Reserve and Murrumbidgee River Corridor, just a short drive away.
Namadgi National Park
Explore pristine bushland and fascinating history in Namadgi National Park, a section of the Australian Alps just near Canberra. Climb or abseil the granite outcrops, bushwalk along the Great Alpine Walk, and mountain bike, fish and 4WD. See vestiges left by Aboriginal custodians, pastoralists and gold hunters, and meet emus, kangaroos, wallabies and cockatoos in nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
The Murrumbidgee Corridor
You can't ignore the call of the great outdoors in the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, easily accessible from Canberra. All kinds of natural communion are possible along this short, lovely section of the river's epic 1,600km journey from the mountainous Australian Alps. Take short walks near Uriarra Crossing or Tharwa or tackle the 27km Murrumbidgee Discovery Track. Swim, kayak and picnic at Casuarina Sands and play cards in the shade of Cotter campground. Fish for Murray cod and listen to native birds warble in the bushland. Pick your day destination from Canberra or combine a few scenic spots on a riverside camping trip.
13 September – 12 October 2014 Commonwealth Park, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Canberra’s famously frosty winters provide the perfect nurturing conditions for the million tulips and annuals that bloom right on cue each spring in a park overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. Once a daytime-only event, the Floriade festival now includes NightFest, with cutting-edge light installations and entertainment over five magical evenings in September.
Autumn at the Canberra Balloon Fiesta
Autumn in Canberra is heralded not just by the fiery colours of the deciduous trees, but by the iconic Canberra Balloon Fiesta. Over nine crisp mornings in March, a colourful cavalcade of hot air balloons take to the air from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Watch the magical display with thousands of other early risers or take a hot air balloon ride yourself. Either way, it’s a great way to start your Canberra day, especially when accompanied by a hot breakfast and live entertainment. Afterwards, get out and visit Canberra’s national museums, galleries, wineries and auburn-tinged parks.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
It's only 40 minutes from Canberra to this heavily-forested valley, which sits nestled between the Gibraltar and Tidbinbilla Ranges in the northern Australian Alps. Like neighbouring Namadgi National Park, this relatively undisturbed pocket teems with wildlife and traces of Aboriginal history. You'll feel a long way from civilization when you pick up a map at the visitor's centre and see the strutting emus, grazing kangaroos, wallabies and cockatoos. It's a great place to spend a summer's day.
Aboriginal Art in Canberra
Immerse yourself in a rich array of Aboriginal art in the National Gallery of Australia. A total of 13 galleries now showcase more than 7,500 works, from dot and bark paintings to watercolours, textiles, prints, ceramics and sculptures. Meander through different rooms, learning about the landscapes, Dreaming legends and historic events entwined with each art tradition. This important collection is a living, evolving expression of the world's oldest living culture.
Take this leisurely drive to some of the 140 vineyards and 33 wineries dotting the countryside just outside Canberra. Team fine wine and food at the cool-climate wineries in Hall and Murrumbateman and buy handmade art, glassware and pottery from galleries in the Yass Valley. Go caving in the Wee Jasper Valley or fish from Lake Burrinjuck or Goodradigbee River. Fine dine in Gunning or the 19th century village of Gundaroo, where villagers still graze cattle on the town common. At the end of the day, rest your head in a boutique bed and breakfast, historic homestead or a luxurious country retreat. Soak up fine food and wine, local art and craft and stunning scenery on this classic country drive from Canberra.
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Canberra is both the capital city of Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.
Drive from Melbourne through the Australian Alps to the lakes, beaches and national parks of Gippsland.
Explore Namadgi National Park, a section of the Australian Alps just near Canberra.
A four day driving tour from Canberra, which takes you through Mittagong, Yass and Young.
Take a leisurely three-day drive along Poacher's Way food and wine trail.
Walk 65km from Walhalla in Victoria to Tharwa just south of Canberra or from Canberra to Valhalla!
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