Everything you Need to See in Canberra, Australia’s capital

February 19, 2018

Canberra is often overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne in the tourism stakes, but you may be pleasantly surprised if you make time to visit this enigmatic, charming city on your personalised Australia holiday. Canberra may not make the front cover of all the guidebooks, but there’s plenty to see and do.

National Gallery of Australia

If you’re an art enthusiast, Canberra is the place to be. Home to the National Gallery of Australia, you won’t be disappointed in the vast array of masterpieces on offer in the capital. The gallery houses iconic works by artists that include Monet, Dali, Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol. The museum offers free guided tours and there’s an ever-changing collection of temporary exhibits in addition to the stalwart pieces. Keep your eyes peeled for the famous Aboriginal Memorial, which was created to mark Australia’s bicentenary in 1988.

Australian Parliament House

Those who have an interest in politics should make for the Australian Parliament House. This quirky building is open to the public and you can even apply for tickets for lively debates that take place as part of regular question time events. Opened in 1988, the building has great significance and symbolism to Australians and it is one of Canberra’s premium attractions. As you take a tour, you can inspect the Great Hall, the Marble Foyer and the Member’s Hall before taking your place to watch events unfold from the public galleries. Old Parliament House is also worth a visit. Home to ministers from 1927 to 1988, this beautiful building is now home to the Museum of Democracy.

Australian War Memorial

Built in tribute to all those who have lost their lives in military combat, this enormous, domineering shrine is a national symbol, which plays a hugely important role in modern Australian culture. The building houses a museum, as well as a shrine, and there’s an impressive collection of informative displays and temporary and permanent exhibitions, which educate and inform visitors about military warfare and the role played by soldiers from Australia and other Commonwealth countries. The aim of the memorial is to pay respects to those who have died, but also to ensure their memory lasts forever.

If you’re visiting Australia, it’s well worth spending a couple of days in Canberra, especially if you’re a fan of art, politics or history.

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