Big moments to remember in the capital

Surround yourself with scenes from around Australia that tell the story of the first people and their relationship with the land. The National Gallery of Australia is home to the world’s largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection of over 7500 works.

Panoramic views and rolling hills greet hikers at the top of Booroomba Rocks in Namadgi National Park. Wander through tall forests and reach the top of the impressive granite cliffs and you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.

A couple enjoying the view from Boorroomba Rocks.
Booroomba Rocks in Namadgi National Park offers stunning views of Canberra and across the Brindabella Ranges.

Perfect moments that last a lifetime

Is there anything more idyllic than getting on the water with a boat full of friends and a picnic basket in hand? Captain your own GoBoat on Lake Burley Griffin and challenge a passing kayaker to a race. This perfect afternoon activity is made even better by the fact that GoBoats are a sustainable choice with battery-powered, emission-free motors.

GoBoat floating on Lake Burley Griffin with Telstra Tower in the background.
Enjoy a floating picnic on Lake Burley Griffin.

Find a match made in heaven as French and Japanese flavours combine at Monster Kitchen & Bar. Top tip – be sure to ask the waiter for their wine recommendation and they’ll pair your meal perfectly. Take an after-dinner stroll through NewActon to discover a precinct renowned for its creative designs and originality. 

For picture-perfect views of Canberra, you can’t go past a visit to Mount Ainslie. Walk, cycle or drive to the lookout and see who can spot the most landmarks from the top. For a sky full of magic visit at sunrise or sunset.

A couple enjoying a meal at Monster Bar + Kitchen.
Share a meal at Monster Kitchen & Bar.

Little moments that make a big impact

National collections fill museums and galleries in the capital, but did you know that an indie, grass-root art movement is flourishing as well? The Gallery of Small Things is Australia’s tiniest gallery, showcasing makers and designers who love texture, form and all things fabulous and small. Be greeted personally by the owner when you head along to this six metre square gallery.

Little ones will love climbing larger than life banksia pods and sliding down faux branches at the famous Pod Playground. Nestled in the National Arboretum this space brings new meaning to the term playground. The view from the top acorn cubby of the surrounding forests of rare trees captivates young and old alike.

Learn how a small idea can create a tale that spreads across the world at DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition (12 September 2019 – 2 February 2020). This interactive exhibition at the National Museum of Australia shows the journey from concept sketches to on-screen creation of animated films. Be amazed as original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons are transformed into fantasy worlds of wonder before your very eyes.

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