Picture yourself unwinding in Canberra, a city in a park with golden autumn leaves, glorious spring blooms and bright blue skies. Hidden beneath the leafy surrounds is a thriving modern city with fun for the kids, a busy calendar of events and festivals, and stylish restaurants, bars and shops.
Explore Canberra’s many national attractions, which hold and share the treasures of our nation. Celebrate Australia’s proud sporting achievements, explore our unique political history, and reflect on stories of bravery and courage.
See our country and people through the eyes of our artists, and experience Australian character through sound and film, books and engaging exhibitions.
Must–see Australian treasures…
See Ned Kelly’s death mask at the National Portrait Gallery, and gaze at scenes from his life at the National Gallery of Australia, where a whole room is devoted to Sir Sidney Nolan’s Kelly painting series.
See Phar Lap’s heart and a Tasmanian Tiger skin at the National Museum of Australia.
Feel what it was like to be an Aussie pilot in Bomber Command flying in a night raid over Berlin, and see everything from the Red Baron’s boots to a large collection of VC medals at the Australian War Memorial.
Re-live some important moments in our nation’s sporting history at the Australian Institute of Sport where you can see sports memorabilia including Michael Klim’s swimming medals from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Kostya Tszyu’s boxing gloves.
Discover a treasure trove of fascinating records, including Australia’s ‘birth certificate’ – Queen Victoria’s Royal Commission of Assent – and our first Constitution at the National Archives of Australia.
Wander around Bob Hawke’s original Prime Ministerial Office, and stand on the steps where Gough Whitlam announced the dismissal of his government at Old Parliament House.
Discover the stories of people who have created the ‘sights and sounds’ of our nation at the National Film and Sound Archive. Displays include The Beatles in Australia, Aunty Jack and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Make sure you allow enough time to linger longer and enjoy all the nation’s capital has to offer, and to tour the surrounding region’s wineries, historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains.
See your nation reflected in its capital. See yourself in Canberra — there’s never been a better time to visit.