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Things to do in Canberra

DISCOVER MORE THAN YOUR TYPICAL GETAWAY

Canberra is home to iconic national attractions and sprawling vineyards, Australian landmarks and Ngunnawal cultural sites, sweeping city vistas and mountain bike trails weaving through forests. Find more than you expect in Canberra.

Mum and daughter looking at portrait of Hugh Jackman.
National Portrait Gallery
A couple looking at Sidney Nolan's works.
Canberra Museum and Gallery
Guests viewing artwork at the Gallery of Small Things.
Gallery of Small Things

Museums and Galleries

Canberra is well-known for its national attractions, but art lovers and history buffs in the know also love the city's local arts scene and heritage sites.

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Snow play at Corin Forest Mountain Resort
Corin Forest
View from nest sculpture across arboretum
National Arboretum Canberra
Person hiking through Namadgi National Park
Namadgi National Park

Outdoor adventures

Natural beauty is right on your doorstep in Canberra with popular lookouts, challenging hikes, and native animals in the wild. Discover waterfalls, gorges, forests, and snow-capped mountains just 45-minutes’ drive from the city at national parks and nature reserves.

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A large crowded stadium at night with a rugby game.
GIO Stadium
Warm Trees at the National Arboretum Canberra
A truffle being shaved onto a a crisp white plate.
Truffle Festival
Two people looking at exhibition set up
Australians & Hollywood

Events and festivals

This year, Canberra is putting on a show with blockbuster exhibitions adding to our famed museums and galleries, plus events celebrating everything you love from truffle festivals and knitted forests to rugby and live music.

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Park ranger at Namadgi National Park
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
A woman with art supplies sitting on a green hill.
National Arboretum Canberra
Artwork displayed in the National Museum of Australia.
National Museum of Australia

First Nations' art, history and tours

Immerse yourself in some of the oldest and richest cultures in human history with the extensive collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and history at Canberra’s museums and galleries. Take a tour with a local Ngunnawal elder or try your hand at traditional First Nations practices during a workshop at the National Arboretum.

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Two women drinking wine on a deck in front of a glamping tent with wine vines in the background.
Cubby and Co
A bottle of wine, wine glass and charcuterie board served in front of a fireplace at the cafe located in the Lerida Vineyard.
Cafe Lerida
A man enjoying a glass of wine surrounded by wooden barrels of wine at Lerida Estate winery.
Lerida Estate Winery

Canberra's Wine Region

Home to 140 vineyards and more than 40 wineries within 35 minutes’ drive of the city, Canberra's wine region is the perfect weekend getaway.  Find your new favourite drop as you visit cellar doors, meet the makers, and even stay overnight amongst the vines.

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Customers seated at tables inside The Inn at Edgars, an eatery in Ainslie.
The Inn at Edgar's
A selection of Asian dishes served at Verity Lane Market.
Verity Lane Market
Inka
Patrons eating burgers
Capital Brewing Co

Foodie experiences

Canberra takes its foodie culture seriously. From award-winning coffee to long lunches and craft beers, tantalise your taste buds during your getaway to the capital.

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Corin Forest
A group of children watching a science experiment at Questacon.
Questacon

Family fun

From playing with snow in forests to Questacon's science wonderland, the kids will want to keep coming back each school holidays.