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What to see in Canberra

Canberra Attractions


Canberra's Fiesta is a good way to get to know the city from an unusual perspective. The sight of dozens of colourful hot air balloons rising gently into the early morning air from the lawns in front of Canberra's Old Parliament House is stirring. Perhaps that is why Canberra's Fiesta has become Australia's premier ballooning event, and the city's signature autumn event. To complement the spectacle of the majestic balloons, there are also numerous other entertainments, sideshows and food stalls laid on in the vicinity for the duration of the fiesta. This is only one of many of the city's fun events, and visitors often plan their trips to attend something worthwhile on Canberra's busy calendar.

Some other interesting activities in Canberra include visits to the Australian Railway Historical Society and the National Zoo and Aquarium. The Australian Railway Historical Society operates regular Sunday steam train rides to Royalla; ride the 'Spirit of Tuggeranong' or the 'Tin Hare Express' to Royalla, enjoy a picnic lunch and then hop back on for the return trip. Other trips available include evening railroad dinner and dancing trips. The trains operate from Queanbeyan Railway Station, on Henderson Road. If you are travelling with kids be sure not to miss the exotic and native animals at the National Zoo and Aquarium. See leopards, lions, tigers, cougars, bears, monkeys, Tasmanian devils, sharks and Barrier Reef exhibits. Feed kangaroos and pat dingoes. The complex is beside Lake Burley Griffin, and large habitats provide ideal viewing for education and enjoyment.


Australian War Memorial

Consistently voted Canberra's premier tourist attraction, the Australian War Memorial is not only a fitting tribute to…

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Cockington Green

Opened to the public in 1979, Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village is an award-winning display of miniature buildings…

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National Gallery of Australia

Located on the south shore of the lake, the National Gallery has the best collection of art in the country. The Australian…

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