Aerial view of Canberra looking south along Anzac Parade past Parliament House to the distant Namadgi and Australian Alps National Park

Discover the home of the Australian story

To truly understand Australia from its ancient origins to our modern society you must visit the national capital.

The treasures, the tales, the peoples, the moments and our shared path to nationhood are housed in the Australian National Collection. The Australian story lives in our national galleries, museums, archives, libraries, and memorials. Take a journey from our ancient Aboriginal origins through the arrival of European settlers to present day Australian identity and culture.  Canberra is also home to the federal parliament, world class research and teaching institutions.

For a city of its size, it boasts a vibe that is progressive, modern, confident and bold in its outlook. Great things come in small packages. 

Home to around 380,000 people, Canberra is Australia’s largest inland city, one of the world’s few planned cities, and is essentially a city in a park featuring a kaleidoscope of colours and experiences that unfold in harmony with four distinct seasons.

Immerse yourself in the true nature of the native bushland that cradles our city and reveals unexpected delights among the leafy surrounds. You will discover stylish restaurants, hip bars, boutique shopping, fun kid’s activities, great outdoor recreation and a busy calendar of annual events and festivals

The surrounding region offers cool climate wineries, historic townships, quiet, unspoiled coastlines, the lush Southern Highlands and the Australian alps.

Canberra is the ideal short break place to visit. Start with a weekend getaway and then you’ll want a longer vacation or even your next invigorating family holiday. 

Everyone who visits discovers a connection to the Australian story in Canberra.

Come and visit to create your own story.