If you plan on having a day trip around Canberra, there are tourist attractions which are worth visiting. Since Canberra is very historical, most spots speak a lot on the city’s heritage. Aside from enjoying the breathtaking places, at the end of the tour, one is well-equipped with knowledge as to how Canberra became a capital city in Australia.
Lake Burley Griffin
One of the most famous jewels in the city center is Lake Burley Griffin. Lots of people visit this place to bike or just stroll around the paths. Some have picnics along the shores as well as sail or use a paddleboard to check out the clear waters.
New Parliament House
If you fancy photography, this structure is a treat. It is an example of a modern architecture inspired by Canberran history. Walter Burley Griffin, the architect finally replaced the old one found at the base of the hill. Learn about the Parliamentary Triangle along the way through some signs in the area.
This interactive National Science and Technology Centre is a must for children and parents. This opened in 1988 and is home to various workshops, science shows and exhibits for those interested. The interactive science displays and experiments promote the significance of science and technology in life. Famous things to check out are the Earthquake House and Free Fall slide.
Mount Ainslie Lookout
This 843-meter point above is one of the best locations to see the entire capital city. Mount Ainslie is well-paved and perfect for those who want to hike or cycle around. This lookout aligns well with Lake Burley Griffin and the New Parliament House. If you are not the adventurous type, driving up to this point is also possible.
Black Mountain Nature Park
For nature lovers, this park is blessed with a thick bushland and walking trails in which you can see local birds and other animals along the way. It is adjacent to Australian National Botanic Gardens so imagine the beauty of this place.
Australian War Memorial
Many may think that this war memorial is just for photo-ops and the like, but it actually has an art gallery, museum and library. Art lovers can spend time musing on the exhibits inside as well as kids can enjoy the interactive displays. Guided tours are also great if you want to immerse yourself with Canberra’s colorful history.
For a better understanding of the role of Australia in space exploration, Tidbinbilla is an hour drive away from Canberra. Here you can explore the Canberra Space Center and learn how astronauts manage spacecrafts, as well as know certain food they eat in space. For those who want to check out some wildlife, the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to wallabies, emus, koalas and kangaroos.
Travelling south, be sure to visit the Lanyon Homestead if you want to hang out in the morning or afternoon. This place reminds people of the 19th century in which sheep and horses are found. There are pretty gardens and a cafe to munch on a snack while enjoying the view.