We’re lucky in Canberra - we house the essence of the Australian story. You can step in for the weekend and get to know more about what makes this country tick. With a huge Australian National Collection across galleries, museums, archives and libraries, we want to help you get started.
Here’s a suggested two-day itinerary to give you an introduction to the Australian story. Plus we’ve thrown in some nearby restaurants and cafes along the way.
Day 1 - Saturday
The National Museum of Australia houses the stories of our nation. 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.Visit the National Museum of Australia
Head across to hear and see the Australian story in film, music, TV, costumes and more at the National Film and Sound Archive. But first, grab a bite to eat at their Bench Room Café.
Then explore the galleries where you can watch your favourite Aussie films or historic TV shows and characters. It’s a national audiovisual collection of nearly two million items in free presentations, exhibitions and family activities.Visit the National Film and Sound Archive
Now you can experience a part of Australia’s wine-producing story at a vineyard, and you don’t need to leave Canberra to get there. The Mount Majura Vineyard is on the eastern slopes of the mountain, just 11 kilometres from Canberra City. Mount Majura Vineyard offers a variety of experiences such as the Gumboot Tour 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.Visit Mount Majura Vineyard
In Manuka you can find a wide variety of dining options scattered among one of Canberra's oldest and most fashionable precincts. Choices cover everything from international cuisines to lounge bars and clubs for a nightcap.Visit Manuka
Day 2 - Sunday
Explore Australia's story on display in the beautiful historical building that was the original Canberra post office. At the National Archives of Australia, you’ll 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.Visit the National Archives of Australia
Time for a light lunch at the Queen’s Terrace Cafe at Parliament House. Then start discovering one of the world’s most architecturally acclaimed buildings. Make sure you take a lift up to the roof for panoramic views of Canberra (and take a #CBRselfie), join a tour of the beautifully landscaped gardens or take in the renowned collection of Australian contemporary art.Visit Parliament House
Finish off your journey with an escape to a bygone era with one of Canberra’s vibrant high tea experiences on offer. Indulge in a delightful array of savouries, freshly baked scones and a selection of tempting cakes and slices.
Take a sip of tea at the historic Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Adore Tea, Homestead Cafe Restaurant and Providore in Hall, Hotel Realm in Barton, and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Depart Canberra at your leisure and be sure to explore the surrounding Capital Country region. If you are driving toward Melbourne past Lake George or Collector, be sure to stop by Canberra District wineries on your way home.
EXPERIENCESLake Burley Griffin
EXPERIENCESNational Library of Australia
EXPERIENCESNational Portrait Gallery
EXPERIENCESNational Zoo & Aquarium
EXPERIENCESNational Archives of Australia
EXPERIENCESPod Playground at the National Arboretum