10 reasons why a trip to Canberra will blow your mind!

  • Inger Bunnik
  • 27 Jul 21

When I told my friends I was really excited to be going to Canberra, they looked at me with blank faces, and said ‘why?!’ So with just a smidgeon of doubt, my hubby and I headed to our nation’s capital and I’m very happy to report that Canberra far exceeded my expectations. Elegant and refined, a trip to Canberra will delight and surprise even the most discerning visitor.

Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra by VisitCanberra

Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra by VisitCanberra

  1. Our Nation's Heritage

    Canberra offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to learn about our nation’s heritage; from our Indigenous past through to the multi-cultural community we are today. Whether it’s a tour of the National Gallery, the Portrait Gallery, Old or New Parliament House or the stylish Australian National Museum, examples of our country’s fascinating history are everywhere, waiting to be uncovered.

    Parliament House

    Parliament House, Canberra by Inger Bunnik


    Great Hall Tapestry, Parliament House, Canberra by Glenis Solly

  2. For Nature Lovers

    For a capital city, Canberra offers many chances to get out and about and back to nature. From a visit to the impressive Arboretum, nestled in the rolling Canberra hills, to the amazing National Botanic Gardens in the foothills of Black Mountain or a stroll around the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin, surprisingly, more than 70% of Canberra is dedicated to nature parks!


    National Arboretum Canberra by VisitCanberra

    Australian National Botanic Gardens

    Australian National Botanic Gardens by VisitCanberra

    Lake Burley Griffin

    Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra by Inger Bunnik

  3. The Food Scene

    With such a relatively small population, Canberra enjoys one of the most hip and happening food scenes in the country! Seize the day and try some of the wide variety of delicious dishes on offer.

  4. The Australian War Memorial

    Placing a poppy against the name of a fallen soldier along the wall at the Roll of Honour in the Australian War Memorial courtyard is an incredibly moving experience. Time your visit at the end of the day and get goosebumps as the Last Post is played.

    Roll of Honour
    Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial, Canberra by Inger Bunik

    Last Post
    Last Post Ceremony - Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra by Redbrick Roastery

  5. Works of Art

    On display in the National Gallery of Australia and the Portrait Gallery of Australia is the largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world. And yes, it will blow your mind!

  6. The Australian National Library

    If you love books as much as we do, be sure to lose yourself in any one of the ten million items in the Australian National Library.

  7. Old & New Parliament House

    Get your politics on and take a tour of the iconic new Parliament House – see both the House of Representatives and the House of the Senate, as well as priceless portraits and other artwork along the way. Then, put your history cap on for a visit to Old Parliament House, home to the Australian Democracy Museum. Wander through the corridors of Old Parliament House and picture it how it used to be… take a sneak peak into the Prime Minister’s office and imagine yourself there during that time!

    Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House

    Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra by VisitCanberra

  8. The Royal Australian Mint

    Learn what happens when things go wrong making coins at the Royal Australian Mint. Also, a great place for a little souvenir shopping!

    Royal Australian Mint

    Royal Australian Mint, Canberra by VisitCanberra

  9. Wander round (and round) in Canberra

    Get dizzy on your journey around Canberra, as, in this writer’s humble opinion, Canberra has more round abouts per capita than any other state!

  10. The Floriade Flower Spectacular

    Visit Canberra in the springtime, particularly during the Floriade annual flower festival, where you can bask in over one million bulbs blooming across the city at once!

    Floriade Festival 1

    Floriade Festival 2

    Floriade Festival 3

    Floriade flower festival, Canberra by Glenis Solly

    So, what will be the 10 ways that Canberra will blow your mind?