Australian Capital Territory
Australian capital territory
See below for all journeys to the ACT
The ACT, home to Australia’s capital of Canberra is full of museums, galleries, government buildings and outdoor adventure with hiking, biking and canoeing. Only a short drive away is the cool-climate wine region with their cellar doors to visit and a range of pristine national parks.
Culture, history and art with just a stone’s throw from the beauty of natural bushland Canberra is fast proving that it isn’t just Australia’s political hub. Home to the Australian National Collection, where you can explore significant art, culture and history throughout the many museums and galleries around this wonderful city. Sitting atop Capital Hill is Parliament House where you can experience Australia’s democracy in action, take a guided tour and see its impressive collection of Australian art including one to the world’s largest tapestries. From Lake Burley Griffin, an artificial lake right in the centre of Canberra and a wonderful way to see the city from its waters to the beautiful Jerrabomberra Wetlands, billed as ACT’s best-kept secret and home to a rich diversity of bird-life, stunning flowers and lush rich wetlands, you can see why Canberra has been voted Australia’s most liveable city.
Floriade – Canberra’s annual celebration of Spring, a month-long flower and entertainment festival event held in the heart of Canberra. In 2020 due to Covid-19 Floriade was reimagined with the event being moved from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park, instead it bloomed across Canberra’s city and suburbs. While the final dates and format for 2021 have yet to be released Floriade still continues throughout the suburbs with the scale of the event in Commonwealth Park to be determined in the first half of 2021. Stay tuned for more information.
Canberra’s wine growing region is located only a 35 minute drive from the city. The Canberra District Wine Region started creating wine 160 years ago with varieties from sangiovese to chardonnay and pinot noir to tempranillo, with rare varieties like gruner veltliner – a refreshing dry white grown primarily in Austria. With more than 30 wineries and boutique cellar doors, these offer the opportunity to meet the winemaker and taste their local creations.
Located just outside of Canberra is the Mount Stromlo Observatory. It was badly damaged by bushfires in 2003 so there are no longer any working research telescopes however the shell still remains and is a popular spot to see spectacular views over Canberra and the Brindabella National Park. This national park is just a short drive from Canberra and offers a remote alpine bush experience, a great day trip or weekend escape.
With spectacular scenery and a diverse range of flora and fauna, experience the remote wilderness of Namadgi National Park, with its rich Aboriginal history. You’re sure to see an array of native animals like wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and emus. Or wander through the pristine wetlands and grasslands at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, also rich in Indigenous history with the Birrigai Rock Shelter, one of the oldest rock shelters in the region.
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