Visiting Canberra for a day? A week? No matter how long you stay, here’s a list of the best things to do in Canberra to make your trip the best trip ever.
Canberra is the federal capital of Australia, occupying a part of the Australian Capital Territory. It is located about 150 miles (240 km) of the southwest part of Sydney.
This fabulous city offers a wide range of things that you can do, see, taste, and experience the true colors of Australia.
Here are 13 of the best things to do in Canberra, Australia.
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Visit Canberra’s Iconic Sites
What’s a visit to Canberra without a stop at a few (or all) of its iconic sites?
Numerous events and unique programs along with dynamic exhibitions, are all hosted by this vibrant place, the Canberra museum and gallery (CMAG).
The National Zoo and Aquarium of Canberra houses a large variety of the world’s most amazing animals, such as tigers, lions, bears, monkeys, penguins, and much more. This place is a fun activity for everyone visiting Canberra, but is especially perfect for families with smaller children. Oh, did we mention that the largest inland saltwater tank in the world is located here?
Once you’re on top of this incredibly tall telecommunication tower, you’ll enjoy a 360 degree view of the wonderful Canberra city. The Telstra Tower is a fun scenic thing to do in Canberra, and is suitable for those who want to take the day slow and take in the beauty of Canberra. And as far as facilities go, the Telstra Tower houses a souvenir shop, a café, both indoor and outdoor viewing platforms, and a revolving restaurant.
The Australian War Memorial brings together a research center, a shrine, as well as a world-class museum. Going through the memorial is a very emotional experience, as exhibits and personal records are displayed to reflect the actual experiences of those involved.
This gorgeous Lake Burley Griffin is an ideal playground for those who love sailing, rowing, fishing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. I recommend planning ahead to catch a ferry or take a cruise to see this Canberra gem.
P.S: looking for a simple and tranquil engagement spot in Canberra? Lake Burley Griffin is it!
Explore Canberra’s Top Markets
As a foodie and local life enthusiast, my favorite part of Canberra has to be its markets! Friendly vendors, fresh produce, and great prices – what more could you ask for?
Take some time to stroll through these amazing markets and get yourself some tasty treats, local artwork, some fashion gems, and a whole bunch of fresh flowers.
Capital Region Farmers Market brings you a diverse range of products varying from produce, farm fresh eggs, to chocolates and even dog treats! I loved seeing all the fun local goodies available to purchase.
FYI: there are around 130 stalls in this huge market, so this could totally be a complete morning activity on its own. It honestly reminded me a lot of Pike’s Place Market in Seattle!
If there was ever a market so symbolic of Canberra, the Old Bus Depot Markets is it.
Herem you can find Canberra’s hottest food spots, including Jo’s juice, The Fudge People, Bread Nerds, Krofne, and Hungry Brown Cows. In addition to these food products, you can also find artisan jewelry, homewares, candles, fresh flowers, and much more.
Over 250 vendors participate in the Handmade Canberra Market since it was first launched in 2008. This market became so big that it started attracting national recognition!
As you walk through these markets, you can expect to find unique clothing, handmade jewelry, cosmetics, homewares, and more.
Did you know that there are 30+ Canberra wineries located within 35 minutes drive of the city?
The Canberra region boasts a feast of impressive produce of world-class food and wine.
Not only that, Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz varieties are known to have flourished here in these Canberra wineries!
While you visit these wineries and sip on their amazing wines, consider the fantastic dining options also offered to enhance your wine experience. Dining options range from fine dining, farm-fresh restaurants, boutique vineyards, all the way to pizzas – ‘the wood-fired’ ones.
If you are a food and wine lover, Canberra’s award-winning restaurants, baristas, and vineyards will not disappoint!
Catch Up Over Canberra’s Best Coffee Shops
It’s no surprise that Canberra has a very strong coffee culture. After all, Canberra coffee shopshave been recoginzed as some of the most innovative in the coffee shop industry.
So go ahead: take an afternoon off to spend some quality time with your travel buddies and hang out at one of Canberra’s famous coffee shops.
Wildlife in Canberra
Looking to see the five native animals of Australia? Visit the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve! This is by far the best place to spot the koala, kangaroo, emu, platypus, and wombat.
Want more Canberra wildlife? Visit the Jamala Wildlife Lodge, which offers the first all-inclusive luxury accommodation experience. You’ll have your own bungalow for the night and be amongst the lions, tigers, and bears.
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Are there any other activities I need to include in this guide? Feel free to leave a comment below!