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Canberra’s World of Galleries

Art-lovers will find Canberra an endless delight. Small art galleries are dotted across the city but some of the country’s most important public collections are located here. The National Gallery of Australia is the nation’s pre-eminent public gallery housing collections of Australian, Indigenous and Asian art.

Foliage of Canberra

The floral display of more than a million bulbs and annuals planted across 8,000 square metres of inner city parkland is more than just a flower show. Floriade is a diverse, ever expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities.

Lake Burley Griffin

Discover Lake Burley Griffin — one of Canberra’s most prominent landmarks. The expanse of water is used for leisure activities including yachting, kayaking and windsurfing. The best way to experience this man-made wonder is by cycling around its 35-kilometre perimeter.

The Australian War Memorial

A visit to The Australian War Memorial is vital for anyone who wants to understand Australian history. The memorial chronicles the involvement of our nation’s troops in war, from the colonial period to the present day. There are range of new exhibits, including ANZAC voices, and the redeveloped First War galleries.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

It’s only 40 minutes from Canberra to this heavily-forested valley, which sits nestled between the Gibraltar and Tidbinbilla Ranges in the northern Australian Alps. Like neighbouring Namadgi National Park, this relatively undisturbed pocket teems with wildlife and traces of Aboriginal history.

Namadgi National Park

Explore pristine bushland and fascinating history in Namadgi National Park, a section of the Australian Alps just near Canberra. See vestiges left by Aboriginal custodians, pastoralists and gold hunters, and meet emus, kangaroos, wallabies and cockatoos in nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

The Murrumbidgee Corridor

You can’t ignore the call of the great outdoors in the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, easily accessible from Canberra. All kinds of natural communion are possible along this short, lovely section of the river’s epic 1,600km journey from the mountainous Australian Alps.

Aboriginal Art in Canberra

Immerse yourself in a rich array of Aboriginal art in the National Gallery of Australia. A total of 13 galleries now showcase more than 7,500 works, from dot and bark paintings to watercolours, textiles, prints, ceramics and sculptures. Meander through different rooms, learning about the landscapes, Dreaming legends and historic events entwined with each art tradition.

Parliament House

Tour Parliament House, a modern complex opened in 1988. Visitors can witness the democratic process at Question Time, in the House of Representatives or Senate. These sessions start at 2pm when Parliament is sitting. The magnificent building also houses a number of exhibitions and public galleries.

Australian Institute of Sport

Get up close to the elite athletes, gymnasts, swimmers and cyclists that train at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. The institute welcomes visitors and offers regular tours where visitors can watch Australia’s finest going through their paces. Many of the facilities, including a 50-metre swimming pool, tennis courts and fully equipped gym, are open to the public.

Canberra Balloon Fiesta

Autumn in Canberra is heralded not just by the fiery colours of the deciduous trees, but by the iconic Canberra Balloon Fiesta. Over nine crisp mornings in March, a colourful cavalcade of hot air balloons take to the air from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Watch the magical display with thousands of other early risers or take a hot air balloon ride yourself.



Nestled in the heart of Kingston, Pomegranate is a charming neighbourhood restaurant that puts a creative spin on refined, seasonal fare. Focusing on Modern Australian food, drawing flavors and inspiration from the Mediterranean, Chef Erkin Esen’s menu spotlights seasonal produce and local proteins.

Black Fire

Black Fire, “Fuego Nero” is a fiercely individualistic Mediterranean cuisine restaurant. We prepare delicious imaginative dishes with an exciting wondrous presentation to bring to your table our food, our taste, our culture, our love for cooking. The menu at Black Fire comes to your table authentic and original. Our varied selection of food is supplied daily from the best local farms and producers, organic as much as possible and with a fair and sustainable history.

The Boat House by the Lake

Minutes from the city but a world apart. Relax and soak up the stunning water views and lush greenery of our private parklands, just metres from the lake. Indulge in exceptional modern Australian cuisine and impeccable service. Treat your tastebuds to an indulgence of adventurous textures and tantalising flavours in perfect balance

Penny University

The first coffeehouses that originated in London in the 17th century were called Penny Universities. People would pay a penny to enter and once inside had access to coffee, the company of others, newspapers, bulletins and the latest news and gossip. So, who are we? Frankly, we are your modern day Penny University. We aren’t interested solely in bearded hipsters who munch on kale – at Penny’s everyone is welcome. We want you to come in, feel at home, and leave with enlightened taste buds.


Courgette Restaurant
Ottoman Cuisine
Les Bistronomes
Black Fire
The Cupping Room
Sage Restaurant
Chairman & Yip Restaurant
Lanterne Rooms
The Boat House by the Lake
Lanterne Rooms
Local Press Cafe
Penny University
Corvina Restaurant

The Highball Express

During prohibition, an airline popped into existence flying ‘thirsty’ Americans to Cuba. Offering cocktails served in highball glasses, the flight became affectionately known as The Highball Express. Upon landing they found themselves in paradise. Where they could freely enjoy cocktails, punches and exotic rums by the barrel.

Joe’s Bar

Joe’s is a small bar celebrating big things. Fine produce, fine wine and family ties. A curious & nocturnal meeting place to enjoy a curated wine list, classic cocktails and contemporary Italian fare. Joe’s… an intimate place to gather, experience and engage.

Bentspoke Brewing Co

Our two loves have come together to form BentSpoke Brewing Co., a microbrewery and taphouse driven by a desire to provide you with a world-class craft beer experience. Our 18 different varieties of beer and cider are all lovingly brewed on premises by one of Australia’s most awarded brewers. Some change with the seasons, some are one-offs, others will stay the course. We want you to fall in love with our brews and maybe even take one home, as you’ll learn below.

Hippo Co

Located in the heart of Canberra, with a balcony on level one over looking Garema Place. The perfect place to relax with a drink and watch the city go by below you. Hippo Co has been committed to providing an amazing experience to our guests for over 15 years. One of Australia’s longest operating and most awarded cocktail and jazz venues, we specialise in creating exceptional drinks and a great atmosphere in which to enjoy them.


Bar Rochford
The Highball Express
White Rabbit
Joe’s Bar
The Hutch
Bentspoke Brewing Co
Hippo Co
Mint Garden Bar
Polit Bar

Canberra Centre

Canberra Centre is the ultimate destination for fashion and lifestyle shopping. Providing a mix of premier shopping and first class entertainment, it has gained recognition as the definitive destination for locals and visitors who enjoy the outstanding choice of quality retailers. Canberra Centre is the shopping mecca we all love. Today, locals and visitors alike enjoy an inspiring culture of style and fun with over 260 national and international retailers.

Canberra Glassworks

Canberra Glassworks is Australia’s leading centre for contemporary glass art, craft and design. Our mission is to increase the visibility, viability and vitality of Australian glass by being an engaging and valued centre for art, craft and design within the Australian cultural landscape.

Old Bus Depot Markets

Immerse yourself in a world of colour and creativity at the nationally award winning Old Bus Depot Markets in Canberra every Sunday – Canberra’s Sunday best. The Market focuses on talented local and regional designers and craftspeople who each week bring their unique handcrafted wares to showcase at the Market. Not your average market, each week you will find over 200 stalls of exceptional quality, featuring items all handcrafted by local and regional people.

Target Canberra Civic

We became known as Target Australia in 1972, however our rich history dates back to 1926. There are over 300 Target, Target Country and Urban by Target stores across Australia. Our competitively priced quality and stylish products, together with our unique brand of advertising, has helped us to enter the hearts and homes of many generations of Australian families. We’re strongly committed to delivering our customers not only great quality, but great value on all our apparel and homewares products.


Adelaide Central Market
Haigh’s Chocolates Visitor Centre
Adelaide Farmers’ Market
Harbour Town Adelaide
Blackebys Old Sweet Shop
Flinders Street Market
Churchill Centre
Regent Arcade

01 Jun – 31 Aug 2017 : The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region

02 Jun – 27 Aug 2017 : Canberra Truffle Hunts

23 Jun – 16 Jul 2017 : Skating at Canberra

06 Aug 2017 : Winter Festival

09 Sep 2017 : Gunning Fireworks Festival

16 Sep – 15 Oct 2017 : Tulip Top Gardens

22 Sep – 01 Oct 2017 : Floriade Nightfest

29 Oct – 10 Nov 2017 : Rugby League World Cup 2017

31 Dec 2017 : New Year’s Eve in the City

26 Jan 2018 : Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular

26 Jan 2018 : Australia Day in the Capital

9 Mar 2018 : Lights! Canberra! Action!

10 – 18 Mar 2018 : Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Australia National Public Holidays

1st January New Year’s Day
26th January Australia Day
2nd Monday in March Labour Day (VIC, TAS)
March/April Good Friday/Easter Monday
25th April Anzac Day
2nd Monday in June Queen’s birthday
25th December Christmas Day
26th December Boxing Day

Canberra Airport (CBR)

Address: Canberra International Airport ACT 2609, Australia
Phone: +61 2 6275 2222

Canberra’s visitor and tourist information centre

Address: Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes ACT 2600
Opening hours:

9am-5pm weekdays
9am-4pm weekends and public holidays
Closed on Christmas Day

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