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Top five in ACT

Top five in ACT

Whether you’re ready to soak up some history or learn about the mysteries of deep space, the nation’s capital abounds in fun activities to keep you occupied. This edition, Caravanning Australia shares its top five things to do in Canberra and surrounds.

Boasting 94 forests full of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from all over the world, the National Arboretum is a nature lover’s delight. Discover an astounding array of botanical beauty across the 250-hectare site – you can explore it on foot, by car, bicycle or even on horseback!

Be sure to pay a visit to the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, which features living artworks and miniature forests created by some of Australia’s greatest bonsai and penjing artists. Free tours of the different collections are available (guided or self-guided), and you can also enjoy the outdoor sculptures and barbecue areas that boast great views over Canberra.

Visitors to the Arboretum can also download a specially developed app that uses augmented reality technology to bring the Arboretum’s interesting stories to life. The app features six holograms that illustrate the stories of a firefighter, harpist, landscape architect, Ngunnawal man, bonsai artist and volunteer guide.

There are also many examples of portraits using new media in the gallery, such as Warwick Thornton’s portrait of Paul Kelly and David Rosetzky’s video depiction of Cate Blanchett. To walk through the gallery provides a good reminder of the genre’s flexibility, giving visitors the opportunity to connect with the lives of others, and reflect on their own lives.

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