What to do in Canberra

Activities, attractions and tours
Australian War Memorial featuring interior views

Canberra Tourist Attractions & Activities

Canberra isn’t just the capital city of Australia and home to its best cultural and historic sites. It’s also gorgeous, nestled at the foot of Australia’s highest alpine peaks alongside a pristine mountain lake. Plus, it’s smack in the middle of wine country. Suffice it to say, if you’ve never been to your country’s capital, you are missing out. There are tons of things to do in Canberra, from easygoing strolls through museums and gardens to action-packed adventures that will have you flying high in the sky—literally. Locals know that Canberra is small but mighty; it’s easy to get around and has plenty of wide open spaces. Whether you are one of those friendly folks or are just visiting, Expedia.com.au has your plans for the next few days covered.

What to Do in Canberra

This city has all the incredible museums and menageries you would expect of a capital. The National Zoo and Aquarium is the only place in the country to combine the two, so you get double the fun. They have loads of animal encounters available, including cheetahs and their world-famous white lions. Or take the Zooventure tour and hand-feed lions, tigers, and bears—oh my! If you prefer a different way to get your adrenaline going, visit the Australian Institute of Sport to see where the top athletes train, then see explosive demonstrations at Questacon, Canberra's National Science and Technology Centre. And for true museum lovers, the National Museum of Australia can’t be missed.

Wait, didn’t we mention flying? Canberra tourist attractions certainly aren’t limited to looking at things on display in museums. Rise above it all on a hot air balloon flight and get a different look at Canberra’s landmarks. From up here, Lake Burley Griffin and the Parliament House look like small specks. After that, you may find yourself in need of a libation or two. Day trips into the surrounding wine country are easy to come by, and with over 140 wineries, you’re sure to find something you like. For those who like their drinks caffeinated, Canberra has a buzzing café scene as well. It is even home to a former World Barista Champion. Pretty neat.

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