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 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...

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...

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 Film & Sound Archive

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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 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.

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...


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