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 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

  • Museum/Gallery

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...

High Court of Australia

  • Government Building

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

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

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This museum is inside the Old Parliament House. Curators use stories of real people and events to trace the history of democracy both...

National Capital Exhibition

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

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

National Film & Sound Archive

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Housed in one of Canberra's most beautiful art deco builidngs, 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.

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