Canberra - home of the Australian story
Step into the home of the Australian story in the nation's capital. Canberra houses the Australian National Collection in galleries, museums, archives and libraries. We've put together this weekend itinerary to give you an introduction to the Australian story matched with a taste of our local food and wine.
Day one: Saturday
Morning: National Museum of Australia
The National Museum of Australia is where our stories live. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the Museum explores our history and culture – Indigenous history, landscape, people, and the journeys that connect Australia with the world.
The best way to see the Museum is by taking a guided tour of the Museum’s galleries. Each tour is personalised and run by Museum Hosts. Your host knows all about the Museum's exhibitions and will share engaging stories about Australia’s land, nation and people.
Lunch: Museum Cafe
During your visit to the National Museum of Australia, grab a bite to eat at the Museum Cafe which boasts great waterside views of Lake Burley Griffin.
Afternoon: Wine tasting at Mount Majura Vineyard
Explore a vineyard without leaving Canberra at the Mount Majura Vineyard on the eastern slopes of the mountain, just 11 kilometres from the city centre. Mount Majura Vineyard offers a variety of experiences such as gumboot tours around the vineyard and structured tastings.
The gumboot tour is a self-guided nature trail through the vineyard, where you'll learn about the site, viticulture, and have a chance to take in the best view from the top of the vineyard. Once a month there is also the chance to join guided Vineyard Excursions.
Dinner: Manuka precinct
In Manuka you can find a wide range of dining options set among one of Canberra's oldest and most fashionable precincts. Choices include Mecca Bah, a cosy Moroccan eating house with a contemporary twist, while Abell’s Kopi Tiam offers home-style Malaysian food.
Day two: Sunday
Morning: National Archives of Australia
Explore Australia's history on display in the beautiful historical building that was the original Canberra post office. See documents, photographs, objects and multimedia in 'Memory of a Nation', a permanent exhibition tracking Australia's journey as a country, and other features such as the 'Faces of Australia' photo wall.
Afternoon: High Tea
Escape to a bygone era and indulge in a delightful high tea for an array of savouries, freshly baked scones, jam and cream, and a selection of tempting cakes and slices. Canberra has a vibrant high tea scene. You can indulge at the historic Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Adore Tea, Homestead Cafe Restaurant and Providore in Hall, Hotel Realm in Barton, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and Benedict House in the nearby city of Queanbeyan.
Depart Canberra at your leisure and be sure to explore the surrounding Capital Country region. If you are driving, be sure to stop by Canberra District wineries at Murrumbateman if you are driving toward Melbourne, or Lake George and Collector wineries on your way to Sydney.
Weekend accommodation in Canberra
We've put together Canberra's largest range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and tastes. Browse and book hotels, motels, serviced apartments and other options through our website, or use the listings to research and plan your weekend visit.
If you contact the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on 1300 554 114 on Fridays, they often have last minute rates and offers better than you can find online.