Experience one good thing after another when you visit Australia’s capital. Soar above the city in a hot air balloon, hike trails surrounded by kangaroos and explore the city’s famed museums and galleries. Explore the foodie precincts and use Canberra as a base to explore the stunning south coast and snowy mountains – both just over two hours away.
Make sure you visit all the world-class attractions that share
the stories of Australia, including the National Museum of Australia, Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. Entry to most of the city’s major attractions is free.
For the best view of Canberra, take a scenic hot air balloon flight over the nation’s capital. Take off at sunrise and drift gently with the wind as you experience breathtaking views and see the nation's capital come to life beneath
Set yourself the challenge on a visit to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to spot five famous native Australian animals that call the area home: the koala, platypus, kangaroo, emu and wombat. Then embark on the ultimate animal encounter at the National Zoo & Aquarium’s new luxury accommodation, Jamala Wildlife Lodge,
where you can take part in behind-the-scenes tours and share a jungle bungalow with real life lions, tigers and bears as neighbours. Don’t worry, there’s a glass wall to keep you safe!
Canberra is the leading light in an emerging coffee culture that rivals roasting, blending, cupping and cafe culture anywhere in Australia. Locals are raising both standards and cups to enjoy coffee across the city. Tempt your tastebuds with the famous Freakshakes creating worldwide intrigue and envy at Patissez Cafe.
View the layout of Canberra from up high and take in many of the outdoor attractions and mountain ranges surrounding the city. Discover fantastic views appearing through the trees as you walk around the marked walking trails on Black Mountain. For spectacular 360 degree night and day views of Canberra's region, go to the Telstra Tower. Feel the wind in your hair on open viewing platforms or stay warm and dry during winter months in their enclosed viewing gallery.
Only 25 minutes' drive from Canberra’s centre and up a rural road is the popular smokehouse and cafe Poachers Pantry. Enjoy a tasting plate or their signature dish of smoked lamb cutlets, accompanied by their Wily Trout wines. Visit more than 30 boutique cellar doors in Canberra’s premium wine growing region and be sure to taste a local Shiraz Viognier or Riesling.
Take in the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region.