To embrace the Australian culture and history, take a guided tour of one or more of our national institutions — the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Parliament House or the Royal Australian Mint.
Enjoying the great outdoors comes naturally in the bush capital as the city transforms with a kaleidoscope of colours across four distinct seasons. Soar above Lake Burley Griffin in a hot air balloon, hike the mountainous surrounds or venture into the nearby national parks and reserves to get up close and personal with native Australian wildlife.
Not far from the city you will find Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve a great place for walking trails and prolific wildlife — grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies, swamp wallabies, koalas, cockatoos and emus. Near-by find the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, one of only three in the world where you will see a specimen of the moon, check out the latest images from Mars, and look at spacecraft models, space hardware and astronaut displays.
Explore Namadgi National Park that takes up more than half the territory of the ACT. Climb or abseil on the granite rock outcrops, go trout fishing, mountain bike along the fire trails, or bushwalk in the wilderness. Elsewhere in the Namadgi, pure mountain water pours down the 160ft cascade of Gibraltar Falls. Kangaroos and wallabies are common, emus strut around, wombats and many other creatures make their homes in the snow-gum woodlands, fern gullies, wetlands, and wildflower plains.