Our country’s capital has more to offer than government buildings. With museums and galleries, gardens and plenty of accommodation options, we reckon Canberra is worth a closer look!
Spend an afternoon at the National Dinosaur Museum
The museum’s collection of dinosaur and prehistoric fossil material started small in 1993, and has now grown to be the largest in Australia. You’ll find lifelike robotic dinosaur models and skeletons of real dinosaurs of the past. Take part in a guided tour of the museum, or host a birthday party there for the kids!
Visit Gallery of Small Things
Showcasing emerging and established artists from Canberra and beyond, Gallery of Small things features textiles, ceramics, paintings, photography, jewellery and print media in a tiny six-metre space, which is actually a converted 1960s laundry!
Climb Square Rock
Walk through the Smokers Gap entrance of Namadgi National Park and you’ll find a trail that will lead you on a four-hour return journey through Square Rock and the surrounding region.
Discover art at the National Gallery of Australia
Exhibiting masterpieces from Matisse and Picasso until April, the National Gallery of Australia hosts significant pieces from collections around the world.
Wander through the National Arboretum
Walk, drive, cycle or even horse ride through 94 forests of rare and symbolic trees from Australia and overseas. There’s even an app with soundscapes and stories to accompany your stroll through the forests.
Staying the weekend? There are plenty of places to call home for a few days.
Alivio Tourist Park
Surrounded by bushland within the Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve, the Alivio Tourist Park has great facilities and accommodation options in the heart of the city.
Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)
Appropriately named, EPIC is only eight minutes’ drive from all the action of the city centre. There’s a farmers market every Saturday morning, and it’s pet friendly.
Capital Country Holiday Park
Located just outside of Canberra, this holiday park has it all – including a pool, a playground and barbecue grills.
Pictured is Canberra. Image courtesy of Kara Rosenlund for VisitCanberra.