Canberra Sights

Canberra's most important public buildings stand within the Parliamentary Triangle. Lake Burley Griffin wraps around the northeast edge, while Commonwealth and Kings avenues radiate from Capital Hill, the city's political and geographical epicenter, to form the west and south boundaries. The triangle can be explored comfortably on foot, but a vehicle is required to see the rest of this area. The

monuments and other attractions within the Parliamentary Triangle and around Lake Burley Griffin are not identified by street numbers, but all are clearly signposted.

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National Capital Exhibition

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Photographs, plans, audiovisual displays, and a laser model inside this lakeside pavilion illustrate the past, present, and future development...

National Film & Sound Archive

  • Museum/Gallery

Housed in one of Canberra's most beautiful art deco buildings, this museum displays Australia's audio-visual cultural history. Among...

National Gallery of Australia

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The most comprehensive collection of Australian art in the country is on exhibit in the nation's premier art gallery, including superlative...

National Library of Australia

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Constructed loosely on the design of the Parthenon in Athens, this library houses more than 5 million books and 500,000 photographs,...

National Museum of Australia

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This unstuffy museum is spectacularly set on Acton Peninsula, thrust out over the calm waters of Lake Burley Griffin. The museum highlights...

National Portrait Gallery

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This terrific space is dedicated to portraits of people who have shaped Australia and who in some way reflect the national identity.

Parliament House

  • Government Building

Much of this vast futuristic structure is submerged, covered by a domed glass roof that follows the contours of Capital Hill. You approach...

Poachers Pantry & Wily Trout Vineyard

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This favorite among gourmands is 25 minutes from Canberra. Here you'll find a tasting room offering good examples of Pinot Noir and Shiraz,...

Questacon—The National Science and Technology Centre

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This interactive science facility is the city's most entertaining museum, especially for kids. About 200 hands-on exhibits in seven galleries...

Surveyor's Hill Winery

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Stop here to taste the Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, and some dessert and sticky wines. In addition to the simple cellar...


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