Canberra is home to iconic national attractions and sprawling vineyards, Australian landmarks and Ngunnawal cultural sites, sweeping city vistas and mountain bike trails weaving through forests. And if you’re a foodie fan, Canberra is paradise for foodies with a truly eclectic mix of dining styles, cuisines and experiences. Find more than you expect in Canberra.
The Canberra region has so much to offer food and wine lovers. Delve into an array of stylish restaurants, bars and shops brimming with local produce and wine and chat to local winemakers at their cellar door — there are more than 140 vineyards and 40 wineries in a picturesque rural setting just 35 minutes drive from the city.
Canberra also offers plenty of fun for families. Questacon makes learning about science fun for kids with a range of interactive activities. There are also family-friendly playgrounds, museums and galleries, Cockington Green Gardens and the National Zoo and Aquarium to entertain kids of any age.
Discover the treasures of our nation in Canberra, home of the Australian story. Explore national galleries, museums and archives that document the nation’s story from our ancient Indigenous past through to the modern multicultural country of today.
National Museum of Australia
From Grande Experiences, creators and producers of Van Gogh Alive, comes the world premiere of Connection: Songlines from Australia’s First Peoples in a spectacular immersive experience. This experience celebrates the stories, art and culture of Australia’s First Nations peoples. It explores the spiritual connections to land, water and sky through a vibrant and multi-sensory symphony of sound, light, and colour.
NGA: Cressida Campbell Exhibition
Cressida Campbell is among Australia’s most significant contemporary artists working with painting and printmaking. Directly inspired by her surroundings, for over 40 years the Gadigal/Sydney-based artist has transformed commonplace experiences from her life into single edition prints and painted woodblocks. Her work is now exhibiting at the National Gallery and is the perfect venture after enjoying a weekend at Floriade.
Indulge with High Tea whilst soaking up the surrounds of Lake Burley Griffin at The Marion. Enjoy a delectable selection of petits fours, finger sandwiches, sweet and savoury pastries, scone with preserve and clotted cream. Be one of the first to experience Canberra’s newest premier lakeside venue. Brought to you by the culinary team behind The Tea Room QVB, The Palace, Gunners’ Barracks, Dunbar House, Sergeants’ Mess and Walter Cafe. Book now.
APH: Signature Experience: Foundation Tour
Discover exclusive behind-the-scenes access to rarely seen private, official and ceremonial spaces in Parliament House, along with a traditional high tea with a contemporary twist. Visit behind-the-scenes functions that support parliament every day including private courtyards, the corridors of power and the Press Gallery. This exclusive guided tour will unveil the unique vision for the award-winning building by architect Romaldo Giurgola of Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp architects.
APH: Courtyard Tours
Explore the Parliament House courtyards in full spring bloom during Floriade. Parliament House is surrounded by landscaped gardens and forested areas of native vegetation. Within the building, the beautiful and tranquil courtyards provide light and a contrast to the busy working parliament. For a limited time, enjoy a guided tour to the beautiful Parliament House courtyards led by one of our visitor guides.
National Arboretum: Flowering Forests of the Arboretum – Long Forest Walk
Celebrate Floriade with a Long Forest Walk across the rolling hills of the Arboretum to enjoy its forests in flower. The Arboretum is home to 44,000 trees from Australia and across the world, and this two hour guided walk will take you through some of our favourite floral highlights. Join us on the 25 September to take in the beauty of the Flowering Forests of the Arboretum.
APH: Best of Parliament House
Ever wanted to know more about one of the most famous buildings in Canberra? Discover the must-see highlights within Parliament House from the towering flagpole to the Great Hall tapestry, the architecture, art and craft, history and events, and some hidden surprises. These highlights and experiences should not be missed on a visit to this iconic building. This tour of Australian Parliament House will be available daily.
National Arboretum: Ngala Discovery Tours
Take a 40 minute guided bus tour of the highlights of the National Arboretum Canberra. Your friendly Guide will share the stories of the forests while you enjoy spectacular photo opportunities from one of Canberra’s best lookouts. Journey around the Arboretum’s rare, endangered and significant forests and discover the unique ‘100 forests, 100 gardens’ designs and award-winning buildings. Ngala Discovery Tours run Wednesday through to Sunday.
National Arboretum: Flowering Forest Walks
Enjoy a walk through the flowering forests and gardens of the Arboretum. The theme and destination of each walk will vary as spring’s arrival moves through the 94 forests and many gardens. These special hour long walks will take place every Monday, Saturday and Sunday during Floriade, from 17 September to 16 October. They are suitable for all ages 12 years and older.
ACT Historic Places: Tours and Workshops
Celebrate Spring and discover what’s blooming at Lanyon Homestead, Calthorpes House and Mugga Mugga Cottage during Floriade. Explore these historic places through photography, art and craft workshops, bush tucker and native grasslands talks, garden and museum tours and music. Enjoy the floral displays in the Lanyon Homestead gardens. Tours and workshops are running from 17 September to 16 October.
Free Nolan Exhibition Tour
Drop into Canberra Museum and Gallery from 17 September to 16 October for a free highlights tour of Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise exhibition. The tour will incorporate key works from Nolan’s artistic career and include the newly commissioned installation by Dean Cross Sometimes I Miss the Applause. View the other exhibitions including Lindy Lee, John Nixon and Jan Brown.
Nolan’s Paradise with CSO Chamber Ensemble
Celebrate Spring and discover what’s blooming at Lanyon Homestead, Calthorpes House and Mugga Mugga Cottage during Floriade. Explore these historic pExperience Sidney Nolan’s ‘Search for Paradise’ exhibition with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. The concert program is inspired by Nolan’s artistic ideas of paradise and loss. The artist’s own musical preferences and the music of his milieu will also be explored in works that span from well-loved classics to contemporary popular music.
Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize
Be inspired by beautiful and profound works of art at the National Archives of Australia’s spring exhibition: the 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. Experience the collision of science and art in an exhibition that sees artists contribute to environmental debate through profound works that highlight major issues facing the planet. On from 16 September to 13 November.
Arboretum Kite Fest
Celebrate Spring and discover what’s blooming at Lanyon Homestead, Calthorpes House and Mugga Enjoy the sun and the sky with a day at the Arboretum dedicated to a fun activity – Flying Kites! Join in the festivities and soar the day away at the Arboretum on Sunday, 2 October from 10am – 3pm. Enjoy a selection of pop-up food options including Mexican Street Food from StreeTruck, kite demonstrations in the amphitheatre, live entertainment and much more.