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Barton and Parkes

Parkes is home to the National Triangle and many of Australia's iconic museums and galleries. These cultural icons offer intriguing and ever-changing experiences, each sharing and holding the stories of Australia. Barton is fast becoming a foodie hotspot and wellness hub with day spas and wine bars.

Highlights of the area

Best museums and galleries in Australia

Enjoy short walks between many cultural attractions as you delve into exhibitions dedicated to art, history and science.

Stylish spas and eateries

From fine-dining restaurants to your choice of day spas, this leafy precinct is a great spot to relax and recharge.

Great tours on offer

Choose between Segway tours near Lake Burley Griffin and behind the scenes looks at national attractions.

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Australian Parliament House

Watch democracy in action on a visit to Australian Parliament House. A range of free guided tours are offered including Yeribee, an Indigenous themed tour, to art and architecture tours of this impressive ‘mini city’.

Enjoy high tea at Queen's Terrace Cafe before you have a chuckle at the Lego model of Parliament House which features many humorous references to the building's history. While tickets are free, bookings are essential for all visits.

Australian Parliament House
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Tour group visits Centenary of Women's Suffrage Fountain

She Shapes History

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Tour guide Sita in street art lane

Pride in the Capital: Canberra's LGBTQIA+ Story

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Tour group visits fountain

Badass Women of Canberra: The Women Who Shaped the Capital

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Spies in the Capital: Women in Espionage

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A tour guide and a family in front of a framed artwork in a gallery

National Gallery of Australia

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family of 4 walk up the Questacon ramp by the ticket desk

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

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Gallery building at night

National Portrait Gallery

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The spiritual home of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House

Museum of Australian Democracy

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National Library of Australia building

National Library of Australia

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Chairman & Yip dining room

Chairman & Yip

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Water's Edge canberra

Dining Domes on Lake Burley Griffin

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The Australian War Memorial

Anzac Parade

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Maple + Clove

Maple and Clove

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High Court of Australia at night from across Lake Burley Griffin

High Court of Australia

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The Boat House

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Cruise with High court in background

Lake Burley Griffin Cruises

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The Captain Cook Memorial Jet framed by spring blossoms

One Hour Lake Cruises

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View of The Governor General's residence perched on Lake Burley Griffin

Sunday Morning Tea Cruise

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Two women enjoy glasses of wine indoors

Vincent

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The National Carillon on an autumn day

National Carillon

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Portrait Cafe

Portrait Cafe

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Canberra and Region Visitors Centre

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Connections Gallery digital wall

National Archives of Australia

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