Shop at the Old Bus Depot Markets
Canberra's large student population and flourishing media industry has resulted in a lively creative scene, and one of the best ways to experience this is at the weekly Old Bus Depot Markets. From hipster clothes and homewares to delicious organic produce and excellent coffee, the markets are packed with interesting things to buy, eat and sample, and are a wonderful place to socialise with locals every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The handmade ice cream at Home Made Sweet Delights is a standout. If it's not market day, head toward Lonsdale Street, Braddon, where you'll find locally designed art, jewellery, homewares and fashion on a lively strip.
Escape to nature near the city
The heavily forested valley of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is only 40 minutes from Canberra, but it teems with wildlife, including emus, kangaroos and cockatoos. Even closer to the city (20 minutes away) is Uriarra Crossing. Walk, picnic or fish on this short, lovely section of the Murrumbidgee River's epic 1,600-kilometre (994-mile) journey from the Australian Alps. If you really want to get up close and personal with wildlife however, consider a stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge. This incredible hotel - located within Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium in the centre of the city - has bungalows with glass walls that look onto animal enclosures, and suites in treehouses, with balconies that overlook the zoo's giraffes.
Explore beautiful galleries
As Australia's capital city, Canberra houses many of the nation's most important art, including a priceless collection of Aboriginal art. The National Gallery of Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public compiler of art, housing more than 7,500 Australian, Asian and Aboriginal artworks across 13 different galleries. Nearby is the very cool National Portrait Gallery, featuring a wildly varied body of portraiture (from Mick Jagger to Barry Humphries), which originally came into being as a temporary exhibition called Uncommon Australians.
喜歡欣賞自然風景的話，建議參觀坎培拉優美的國家植物園（National Arboretum）。這片250公頃（618英畝）的土地在2001年至2003年期間曾經遭叢林大火破壞，於是坎培拉號召了全國的建築師來重新規劃整個區域。選定的設計方案涵蓋100個森林和100個花園，栽種和保育全球瀕危絕種、珍貴稀有、具代表性的樹種，同時也收藏了澳洲國家級的盆景系列。植物園設有咖啡廳和餐廳，還有不少野餐區域，園區內矗立了幾個公共藝術品，非常適合遊人打卡拍照，其中包括著名澳洲詩篇《我的祖國》 （My Country）中的一句詩，砌成詩句的巨型字母矗立在草地上，高度比一般成年人還要高。
坎培拉的伯利格里芬湖（Lake Burley Griffin）面積廣闊，湖面適合玩各類休閒戶外活動，包括遊艇揚帆起航、划獨木舟、划槳板、風帆滑浪和熱氣球。全球很少城市全年都適合玩熱氣球，不過坎培拉則例外，市內有很多公園和草地，不論風向何方都可以找到著陸地點。您可以乘坐（高空氣球Balloon Aloft）或者黃昏流浪者（Dawn Drifters），從高空欣賞國會大廈和國家植物園的風景。您也可以租借單車，繞著周長35公里（22英里）的湖面踩單車，這條路相對平坦輕鬆，沿途經過很多咖啡廳和景點，包括澳洲國家藝術館（National Gallery of Australia）。伯利格里芬湖邊有許多單車徑帶您從不同角度欣賞坎培拉；坎培拉騎行（Cycle Canberra）提供不同類型的單車，甚至可以將單車送到入住酒店。