Canberra that was once popular as the political and bureaucratic centre of the country, is quickly becoming a tourist hotspot. The city was amongst top 10 family-friendly holiday destinations in Australia. In fact, it outranked Gold Coast in kid-centric theme parks. Canberra encapsulates beautiful landscapes and enthralling landmarks, making it a hub of enchanting attractions. It boasts open, expansive spaces, a lively and sophisticated dining scene, wide boulevards and a seamless alignment of natural and manmade wonders.
So, if you are planning your dream holiday to Australia, especially with family, make sure you land in Canberra for an amazing sightseeing experience. It lets you discover Australia through its culture, history, art, science and much more.
Here are some popular places to visit in Canberra that are sure to entice you with their glory and glamour:
1. Lake Burley Griffin
Named after the city’s architect, this lake is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Canberra. This ornamental man-made lake is adorned by a 40 Km long shoreline. It is a hub for water activities. You can stroll in the parks and gardens of this lake or enjoy a picnic with the family. Those seeking a leisurely experience can simply enjoy water views from any of the lakeside cafes.
2. Questacon – Science & Technology Centre
Brimming with a horde of interactive displays, Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre of Canberra. Lets you experience wonders of science in extraordinary ways. The Earthquake House and a 360 Swing are the major attractions of this place. Also, you can freeze your shadow or challenge a robot to an air hockey game for an exciting time. There are more than 200 hands-on experiences designed for people of all age groups. Not to miss the Spectacular Science Show which is the highlight here and spectacular indeed!
3. Australian War Memorial
If you are a historian or love taking a peek into the events of yesteryears. This attraction in Canberra will leave you spellbound. Embroiled in the history of Australia, this monument opened its doors in 1941, during World War II, commemorating the war to end all wars. A perfect attraction to visit with kids, the memorial offers an unforgettable experience as it depicts the movement of Australia’s troops in the wars. An eternal flame burns in the pool of remembrance and the country’s war dead are listed on the walls surrounding the flame.
4. National Gallery of Australia
Are you an art enthusiast? If yes, then Canberra has the treat to offer you. At the National Gallery of Australia, you find the largest collection of art in the country. Having 11 fascinating galleries that showcase various works ranging from Monet’s Waterlilies to a Triptych by Francis Bacon, this place is an artist’s dream come true. The main attraction of this place is the Aboriginal Memorial created in 1988 for Australia’s Bicentenary. You can enjoy free tours of the gallery from 10.30 AM to 2.30 PM. It is indeed worth a visit!
5. The Royal Australian Mint
Explore the exquisite range of commemorative and collectable coins of Australia’s currency at the Royal Australian Mint. You get to know the evolution of the Australian dollar and learn about the different stages of economic trajectory it underwent. Also, a great learning experience awaits you here, as you can see how coins are minted and various processes involved in the manufacturing of coins. There are video presentations and displays that showcase the history. You can also mint coins in your name and take it back as a souvenir. Interesting, isn’t it?