14 places to see in Canberra
Canberra, the capital city of Australia, is a mine of cultural treasures. This beautiful city between Sydney and Melbourne, is carefully crafted with long stretching green belts and geometric designs. It is ranked as the world’s most livable city and offers a stunning lifestyle. Canberra is famous for its award winning restaurants, museums embedded with histories and paradisiacal natural beauty. The city is full of surprises and when touring through this largest inland city of Australia, there are endless number of things to do one after the other. Check out this guide to find some key highlights of this sparkling city.
#1 Australian War Memorial
It commemorates the wars of Australia and is an excellent museum and a gallery.
#2 New Parliament House
It is a marvel of modern architecture and shaped in the form of boomerang.
#3 Museum of Australian Democracy
This museum represents the political structure of Australia. One can gather the knowledge about the Prime Ministers of Australia. (Old Parliament House)
#4 Lake Burley Griffin
The beautiful lake is the masterpiece of Canberra and occupies the city’s center. It is one of the key highlights of the city due to its waterfront paths and park-fringed shores.
#5 National Gallery of Australia
It is the largest collection of art in Australia and possesses the most beautiful paintings, décor, sculpture, costumes, ceramics, etc.
#6 Questacon- The National Science & Technology Center
Questacon features the marvels of science and technology and is great place to visit for families and children. It seeks to promote the better understanding of science facts.
#7 National Portrait Gallery of Australia
This gallery displays fascinating portraits of Australia’ influential people including the shakers and movers who are brought back to life through the artistry of these paintings.
#8 National Library of Australia
This enormous library of Australia holds a collection of Australian manuscripts, newspapers, documents and books. It is built in a Greek temple style with the use of marble and travertine.
#9 Mount Ainslie Lookout
It is 843 meter lookout that provides mesmerizing view of the city of Canberra. There are well planned driving and walking trails to head to the Mount Ainslie.
#10 Australian National Botanical Gardens
National Botanical Gardens extends up to 50 hectares on the slopes of Black Mountain. It specially features the exotic Australian Flora. Water dragons can also been spotted here.
#11 National Zoo and Aquarium
t is the only combined zoo and aquarium in Australia and features almost all the species of animals and marine life. It is a must visit place for people who possess unbeatable love for animals.
#12 National Museum of Australia
This thoughtfully crafted museum portrays the social history of the nation with beautiful views of the lake. The architecture of the museum is an art in itself.
#13 National Carillon
The white Carillon tower was built by the British government on Canberra’s 50th birthday. This 50 m high tower incorporates 55 bronze bells. It is lit with beautiful lights at night. During the recitals, the music wafts across the surrounding lake.
#14 Black Mountain Nature Park
Black Mountain Nature Park has walking trails through the lush green bushes. A number of species of native birds and other fauna can be spotted. A climb to the Black Mountain Tower offers spectacular panoramic views of the whole city.