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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Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)

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Aussies are obsessed with sport, so its no surprise that this 150-acre site, established to improve the performance of Australia's elite...

Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Australian plants and trees have evolved in isolation from the rest of the world, and these delightful gardens on the lower slopes of...

Australian War Memorial

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Both as a moving memorial to Australians who served their country in wartime and as a military museum, this is a shrine of great national...

Brindabella Hills Winery

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It's worth heading to the cellar door at this winery (weekends only) to taste the Reserve Shiraz, one of the varieties that this family-run...

Cockington Green Gardens

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You'll feel like Gulliver walking through this miniature village and gardens 15 km (9 miles) northwest of the center of Canberra. Named...

High Court of Australia

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As its name implies, this gleaming concrete-and-glass structure is the ultimate court of law in the nation's judicial system. The court...

Lambert Vineyards

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You either like the style of this modern complex with cellar door or you don't—it provokes strong opinions on the Canberra wine trail.

Lanyon Homestead

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When it was built in 1859 on the plain beside the Murrumbidgee River, this wonderfully restored homestead from pioneering days was the...

Lark Hill Winery

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This family-run enterprise overlooking (the usually bone-dry) Lake George specializes in biodynamic Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir...

Lerida Estate Wines

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About 45 km (28 miles) out of Canberra, this highly respected winery is as famous for its design by Pritzker Prize–winning architect...