Home to around 367,000 people, Canberra is one of the world’s few planned cities, a city in a park. With a kaleidoscope of colours and experiences that changes with the seasons, the nations’ capital becomes an artist’s palette of reds, crimsons, yellows and greens when deciduous trees welcome autumn. Immerse yourself in the native bush land that cradles our city.
Canberra is bordered by beautiful national parks where you can discover native wildlife including koalas, emus, kangaroos, wombats and platypus – or go bushwalking on one of the many walking trails. You can also make your way out to Stromlo Forest Park, Australia’s ultimate destination for mountain bike lovers.
Take in the scenery by walking, hiring a bike or even riding a Segway around Lake Burley Griffin – named after the American architect who designed the capital. Take a lake cruise or hire a stand-up paddleboard or kayak and admire the major landmarks from the water. For a special treat, go up in a hot air balloon and float gently across the capital.
Explore Canberra’s world-class national attractions that unlock the essence of Australia – featuring the people, stories and experiences that have shaped the nation. See our country and people through the eyes of our artists, and experience Australian character through sound and film, books and exhibitions. Celebrate Australia’s proud sporting achievements, delve into our political history and Indigenous culture, and reflect on our young nation’s experience on the international stage.
Food & Wine
Canberra’s food scene features everything from bistro style cafes and quality quick eats to street food, meals to share and stylish high-end dining experiences. The selection reflects the national capital’s cultural diversity, while also taking advantage of the superb local produce available in the region. There are also more than 33 Canberra District wineries in a picturesque rural setting just 35 minutes drive from the city.