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11 Must See Attractions in Canberra, Australia

Gaurav Kadam Jul 16, 2019
The capital of Australia and its largest inland city, Canberra is a meticulously planned one. The inner city that houses major government buildings, museums and other attractions, was originally designed by architects Walter and Marion Griffin.

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Parliament House

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Designed by Romaldo Giurgola and inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth in 1988, this boomerang shaped structure is a modern architectural marvel.

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Old Parliament House

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Renamed as the Museum of Australian Democracy, this “stripped classical” structure serves as a venue for concerts, exhibitions, and lectures.

Australian War Memorial

This Byzantine-style monument is a memorial to the martyred army men. It also has an extensive military museum, art gallery and a library.

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National Carillon

Located on Aspen Island, it was gifted by the British government on the 50th anniversary of Canberra. It has 55 bronze bells each weighing between 7 kg to 6 tons.

National Gallery of Australia

This Brutalist style building is Australia’s national art museum. It holds more than 160,000 pieces of art which include photographs, sculpture, paintings etc.

National Library of Australia

Built in a Greek temple style, it has a massive collection of books, manuscripts and historical documents including Captain Cook’s journal.

National Arboretum

It has 94 forests of endangered plant species and is an abode to more than 44,000 trees from over 100 countries. Enjoy a picnic here and soak in the scenic panoramic views.

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Lake Burley Griffin

This sparkling jewel is located in the center of the city. Go fishing, kayaking, rowing, sailing, paddle boarding or just enjoy the breathtaking view, sitting on the shore.

Namadgi National Park

Camp here and discover the aboriginal heritage of Canberra. View the colorful birds and hike on the bumpy hills.

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National Zoo & Aquarium

This privately owned facility is home to the largest collection of big cats in Australia. The aquarium has a wide range of marine life which includes huge sharks too!

Canberra Glassworks

If you want to gift a souvenir to your loved ones, this is the place! The gallery and the glass art studio also offers workshops for those interested in glass-making.