Canberra is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. With many of the nation’s most exciting artworks, treasures and collections at your fingertips, Canberra is the place to go if you want to learn the nation’s history in an inspiring and interactive way. It’s natural environment is also spectacular with breathtaking displays of European deciduous trees and native flora throughout the year. If you’re thinking about relocating to Canberra, here are 5 cool things you’ll get to visit whenever you want as a local.
- National Gallery of Australia
The gallery holds more than 166,000 works in its collection, including pieces from some of Australia’s most famous artists including an impressive display of 200 tree trunks tilted Aboriginal Memorial. The Gallery is also home to Jackson Pollock’s famous Blue Poles.
- Parliament House Precinct
You don’t need a passion for politics to enjoy a visit to the parliamentary quarter. Home to many of the nation’s most precious historic objects, the art collection alone is worth the trip. From the Michael Nelson Jagamara mosaic in the forecourt to the spectacular Arthur Boyd tapestry in the great hall, the list of significant artworks will impress the toughest art critic. Tours are run daily and you can even watch parliament in session, if your timing is right.
- Australian War Memorial
One of Australia’s most visited attractions, this expansive memorial pays tribute to those lost in war and to those currently serving in the armed forces. It also has an extensive collection of military artefacts and records for those interested in researching their family history. The memorial grounds are spectacular with a sculpture garden, commemorative area and impressive views back to Parliament house.
- Lake Burley Griffin
One of Canberra’s most unique features is its urban design and the nation can thank American architect Water Burley Griffin for that. The huge artificial lake in the geographic centre of Canberra is named after him and neatly divides the city centre from the parliamentary precinct. It offers wonderful waterfront locations for the nation’s great institutions such as the National Library, Museum, Gallery, University and High Court. There are plenty of walking paths to enjoy the tranquillity and great views across the lake from various parts of the city.
- Capital Region Farmers Market
Locals come out en-masse for this producers-only market held every Saturday morning in the city’s north. Organised by the ACT’s only Rotary Club, there are over 100 stallholders with everything from fresh eggs to oysters, homemade patés, fresh baked breads, fresh fruit and veg and, of course, breakfast snacks and the essential coffee cart.
Our comprehensive Canberra city guide contains everything you need to know about Canberra and more. From its sights and attractions, to how to get around, we also give you an overview of the suburbs to help you decide where to live, for whatever stage of life you’re in.