Canberra, the capital city of Australia, is a planned city with plenty of open spaces and is very safe. Though most tourists think it is not really worth visiting after the glitz and glamour of Sydney, the garden city of Australia is definitely worth a trip. It is the cultural capital of Australia and has several museums. In September the city hosts a festival known as Floriade which welcomes spring and is one of the attractions in Canberra.
1. Visit Parliament – Do you want to see where Australian laws are made? No visit to Australia’s Capital is complete without a visit to Parliament one of the main attractions in Canberra. You can explore the Parliament alone on a self-guided tour or join one of the free tours offered daily. In addition to seeing the chambers and the Senate, you can take a look at a copy of the Magna Carta, which is the only copy in the southern hemisphere. Then Head to the roof for the best views of Canberra and a close-up view of the 101-meter high mast. Parliament is open all days of the year except Christmas Day. Check out the Parliament’s website to see when Parliament is in session.
2. The National Museum of Australia – This museum offers an intensive course on all that Australia offers and is an essential attraction in Canberra. The exhibitions cover the period of early European colonization, indigenous cultures and the diversity of contemporary Australia. Exhibitions are both indoor and outdoor, interactive and passive. The building itself is a magnificent architectural work. Entering the museum, the large lobby is reminiscent of the Australian landscape. An outdoor installation recreates the country’s geography, inviting visitors to cross it as if they were roaming the country.
3. Australian War Memorial – This imposing monument and museum stand with an overview of the Parliament building. The visual link between the two buildings recalls how the government and the army are connected. Much of the museum is dedicated to the First and Second World Wars and the great tribute paid by the country. Outside, there are retired military vehicles bearing battle scars are on display along with the latest models in war crafts. There is a memorial at the center of the monument which pays tribute to the many lives lost. It is one of the most worthy attractions in Canberra.
4. The National Gallery of Australia – The National Gallery of Australia features works of art and sculptures from Australia and around the world. It is Australia’s largest art museum, and its collection includes more than 166,000 works of art. Do not miss the collection of contemporary art from Andy Warhol’s museum, Roy Lichtenstein and Caesar the main attraction in Canberra.
5. The National Gallery of Portraits – Located next to the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Portraits provides a glimpse of Australian history and culture through portraits of its famous citizens. Watch the paintings and read the stories of the remarkable people who shaped Australia’s past and influence its future among attractions in Canberra.
6. Royal Australian Mint – A visit to the Australian Royal Mint is a unique chance to see where all the Australian coins are created. Make your visit during the week to see the factory and its robots in action.