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Our nations capital is home to some great museums, galleries, the national war memorial and other iconic institutions, offering the visitors many great things to explore whilst in Canberra.

It is here, in the national capital where you can explore the essence of Australia's history and culture, spread across its many buildings and providing an insight into the Australian character, starting from our Indigenous past, the European and multicultural input, and the development of our democracy that reflects the vibrant nation we are today.

Canberra Attractions

Australian Institute of Sport LogoAustralian Institute of Sport
• Leverrier Cr, BRUCE ACT 2617
• Ph: 02 6214 1444 (Groups)
• Ph: 02 6214 1010 (Information) •
• Visit the world of the champion athlete from the inside as you tour the complex, with an athlete as your guide. See the Ansett Sports Visitor Centre, and Sportex - an exhibition of sports displays, videos and tributes, as well as the latest sports technology.
Australian National Botanic Gardens
• A 50 hectare botanic gardens devoted to Australian flora located on the lower slopes of Black Mountain, behind the Australian National University. Tours include educational walks, including plants used by Aborigines. Highlights include the rainforest area and the eucalypt lawn with 600 species.
Australian War Memorial LogoAustralian War Memorial
• Treloar Crescent, CAMPBELL ACT 2612 • Ph: +61 2 6243 4211 •
• The Memorial has undergone a multi-million-dollar redevelopment program that has transformed its galleries and exhibit spaces. There are new Second World War and Orientation galleries, refurbished Post-1945 conflict exhibitions, and a new Research Centre. For our young visitors there is an Education Centre and a "hands-on" Discovery Room. Our new Aircraft Hall has an unparalleled range of aircraft, such as a Japanese Zero and RAN Sea Fury.
Balloon Aloft Australia
• Ph: 02 6285 1540 • Freecall: 1800 028 568 • Fax: 02 6282 1054 •
• Sunrise daily flights. Check the web site for other flight locations in NSW and QLD.
Floriade LogoFloriade Festival
• One of Canberra’s major yearly festival celebrates spring (September to November) in the Commonwealth Park with glorious colour.

Ginninderra Village
• North-west of the city, just 11 km away, is a collection of colonial-era buildings. There are Australiana galleries, wood-turning workshops and places to have Devonshire tea. Cockington Green is a sprawling miniature English village.
Canberra 400
• Ph: 02 6205 0666 • Fax: 02 6205 0629
• In early June, enjoy the excitement of Australia’s premier drivers battle it out on a narrow tight street circuit, around the two parliament houses and pass Lake Burley Griffin.
Geoscience Australia
• Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Drv, SYMONSTON / CANBERRA ACT
• Opening hours 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.
• Visitors to Geoscience Australia are provided with public access to the foyer and reception, where you can see a superb collection of world-class minerals, rocks, fossils, geoscience maps and historical equipment.

Public Events
There are a number of public events held throughout the year including 'Open Day'. See the website for more details.

Education Centre
• • Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Closed weekends.
• The Geoscience Australia's Education Centre is an ideal destination for a school excursion. Bookings are essential. See the website for more information.
Lanyon Homestead
• About 30 km south of the city, beside the river near Tharwa, is this beautifully restored homestead. The early stone cottage on the site was built by convicts, and the grand homestead was completed in 1859.
National Dinosaur Museum
• A private collection with replica skeletons of 10 dinosaurs, as well as some fossils. You can catch the ACTION bus that leaves from Belconnen, past Ginninderra Village on its way to Gunghalin. The National Dinosaur Museum leads visitors on a fantastic journey of wonder and discovery. Starting with the very beginnings of life, your journey will take you from when the first animals swam in the oceans, to when life ventured onto land and the first land animals were evolving. Dinosaurs dominated the land and became extinct - but not before the rise of mammals. The National Dinosaur Museum is home this amazing story of life.
National Gallery of Australia LogoNational Gallery of Australia
• On the south shore of the lake is Canberra’s National Gallery. The Australian collection ranges from traditional Aboriginal art through to 20th century works by Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan and Albert Tucker.
Go to National Library of Australia Home PageNational Library
• CANBERRA CITY • Ph: 02 6262 1111
• Welcome to the National Library of Australia. Our collections and services underpin Australian cultural life & intellectual pursuits. We are the pre-eminent source for the documentary record of Australia & its place in the world.
National Museum of Australia
• Lawson Crs, ACTON PENINSULA
• The National Museum holds a number of significant collections relating to each of the three primary subject areas: land, nation and people. Significant elements include a collection of 80,000 stone tools and Australia's largest collection of bark paintings comprising 1600 works by numerous artists, spanning two centuries and the width and breadth of Australia.
National Zoo and AquariumNational Zoo and Aquarium
• Scrivener Dam, YARRALUMLA CANBERRA ACT 2600
• Ph: 02 6287 8400 • Fax: 02 6287 8401 •
• The National Zoo and Aquarium is located beside Lake Burley Griffin and over-looks Scrivener Dam. The zoo offers the most hands-on animal adventure tours in the world such as the ZooVenture tour. ZooVenture tour offers participants a bounty of rare and close-up experiences with amazing animals in a jam-packed 2-hour adventure.

National Zoo and AquariumHand feed tigers, lions, bears and more! Ever dreamed that you might be able to have a 130 kg Bengal tiger leap up on the fence, stand tall above you and take a piece of meat from your hand? Come so close to the only Tigons in Australia that you might be able to touch one? Spoon feed a lovable Sun bear? Watch otters display their amazing underwater skills in a feeding frenzy? Have a lion roar only inches from your face? Enter the den of Brown bears and have one of these giant creatures lick honey from your hands? Feel the amazing texture of a python's skin as one creeps over you?

There are a number of other special tours including the Animal Action Tour, Meet A Cheetah, and Keeper Talks. See their web site for more details and prices. Bookings are essential with tours operate daily.

Location map: www.zooquarium.com.au/location.htm


Old Parliament House
• The former seat of government between 1927 to 1988, you can take a tour of the building or wander its grounds. The house is also home to the National Portrait Gallery.
Parliament House EntranceFederal Parliament HouseParliament House
• Sits at the apex of the Parliamentary Triangle and is built into the hill. The roof of the house is lined with grass. Each major sections of its interior is lined with Australian timbers, and there are over 3,000 art works bought or commissioned from Australian artists. Visitors can wander around the public areas of the house, including the House of Representatives and the Senate. There are free guided tours of the building on non-sitting days.

Questacon
• King Edward Terrace, CANBERRA ACT 2600 • Ph: 02 6270 2800 • Freecall: 1800 020 603 •
• A ‘hands on’ science museum which lives in a purpose-built, building near the National Gallery. Designed for kids, but enjoyed by adults as well. Educational and fun.
Commonwealth LogoRoyal Australian Mint
• Denison St DEAKIN, ACT • Ph: 1300 652 020 •
• The Mint has produced the world’s first Proof Year Set featuring a hologram $1 coin. The five kangaroos on the $1 coin appear as multi-coloured, iridescent holograms, conveying the impression of dazzling colour and movement. This stunning coin truly comes alive!
Subaru Rally of Canberra
• Ph: 02 6205 0692 • Fax: 02 6207 2882 •
• Held in early May, a chance to catch international rally sport live on the east coast of Australia.
Telstra TowerTelstra Tower
• Black Mountain Drive, BLACK MOUNTAIN ACT 2601
• Freecall: 1800 806 718
• Rising 195 metres above the summit of Black Mountain and provides 360ฐ views of Canberra and the surrounding countryside. There is an enclosed viewing gallery and two open viewing platforms, as well as kiosk, coffee lounge and revolving restaurant.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
• 45 km south-west of the city, is a great place to do a couple of walks, or just to take the kids for a picnic. The visitors centre has a displays on native fauna and flora.


Tidbinbilla Tracking Station
• North of the nature reserve is a joint US-Australian eye on the sky, also known as the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. The visitor centre has displays of spacecraft and tracking technology.
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