Things to do in Canberra

Canberra thoroughly deserves the title of the Nation’s Capital. A visit here will captivate instantly: wide streets, expansive greenery, and impressive buildings are striking features of this thriving city, which is set on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Dig a little deeper and discover that this cultural hotspot blends some of Australia’s most significant national treasures with a wealth of first-rate nature experiences.

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While BIG4 doesn’t have any caravan parks in Canberra, we thoroughly recommend visiting the city when staying at nearby BIG4 parks.

BIG4's best things to do when visiting Canberra

Australian War Memorial

Without doubt, a visit to the Australian War Memorial is an essential experience when in Canberra. This grand structure is a tribute to Australians who died in war, and through a series of permanent galleries the stories of these conflicts and the courageous individuals within them are brought to life. The memorial is not overdone, or does it gloss over the horrors of war. Rather, it’s a fitting and moving ode to those who have fought to make our country what it is today. Be sure to witness the emotive Last Post Ceremony, held daily at 4.55pm.  

Parliament House

When it comes to things to do in Canberra, touring Parliament House should be placed high on the itinerary. Whether Parliament is ‘sitting’ or not, there’s loads to capture visitors’ attention. Start by photographing the iconic façade and soaking up the beautiful views from Capital Hill. Inside, tours introduce you to many captivating elements: watch Parliament in action (when in session), admire stunning works within the Parliament House Art Collection, and learn about the history of the Magna Carta.

Parliament House offers plenty of appeal.

Parliament House offers plenty of appeal.

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

Questacon continues Canberra’s reputation for housing eye-catching structures, both new and old. Better still, it’s the perfect family-friendly attraction in Canberra. Explore a series of galleries that are jam-packed with engaging and enthralling displays that genuinely deliver on the cliché ‘something for all ages’. Highlights include experiencing an earthquake, playing air hockey against a robot, and marvelling at the Spectacular Science Show.

National Gallery of Australia/National Portrait Gallery

Take a wander through the National Gallery of Australia and admire a mammoth collection of works that includes an incredible selection of Australian and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art, as well as international pieces. Works by some of the country’s most prominent artists are on display, including Sidney Nolan’s famous paintings of notorious bushranger Ned Kelly. Next door is the National Portrait Gallery, which boasts a vast assortment of portraits of famous Australians covering a diverse range of fields.

Canberra's layout is impressive.

Canberra's layout is impressive.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

You can’t visit Canberra without exploring the great outdoors, and heading to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve should be top of your list. It’s a 40-minute drive from Canberra’s centre but you’ll feel a world away from city life. Take to one of many walking trails and keep watch for a wealth of native wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and wallabies, while also encountering changing landscapes. Or immerse yourself in ancient Aboriginal culture at the Birrigai Rock Shelter. For more rewarding outdoor adventures, neighbouring Namadgi National Park is full of treasure, too.

Australian National Botanic Garden

Continuing the outdoor theme, a stroll through the Australian National Botanic Garden reveals a plethora of native plants. In fact, you won’t find such an extensive collection of Australian flora anywhere else in the world. Among these plants are rare and endangered varieties, all of which can be spotted along designated paths. The rainforest gully walk is among the highlights, and the gardens also deliver great birdwatching opportunities.

Hot-air balloons. Credit: VisitCanberra

Hot-air balloons. Credit: VisitCanberra

When you are looking for things to do in Canberra, other leading attractions include the Australian Institute of Sport, the National Zoo and Aquarium, Cockington Green Gardens, and the National Arboretum. If you’re feeling active, walk or cycle around Lake Burley Griffin or to Mount Ainslie Lookout where sublime views are gifted. Hot-air ballooning in Canberra is also highly regarded.

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