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Things To Do In Canberra

You're about to chart a course in a new direction. Perpetually prepared for a brand new feat and innovative ways to get inspired, you're prepared to investigate new territory like a pro. Next stop: Canberra! It's not hard to fill an itinerary, because Expedia can connect you with lots of things to do. Book your activities today, and all that's left to do is pack your trunk and get excited.

  • The things to do in Canberra are not only top-notch, but they won't bust your budget. We have 21 things to do here, and you can make them yours starting at £5. Reserve your favourite adventures on Expedia at an ideal price, and you may still have enough cash for a fancy hotel or fine meal while you're travelling.
  • Canberra is popular among inquisitive minds similar to you. In fact, plenty of travellers have been visiting to get a taste of local culture and explore the best things to do, and a good portion of them can't wait to return. The top activities can grab the enthusiasm of even well-versed globetrotters, and that includes savvy visitors like you. Our collection includes a wide array of culturally themed excursions and excitement. From Canberra's most fun-filled spots to spend a fascinating afternoon like the National Museum of Australia: A History of the World in 100 Objects to incredible ways to have the thrill of your life like the White Lion Encounter at the National Zoo & Aquarium, there are plenty of things to do at your fingertips when you peruse the activities on offer here at Expedia.

You'll need a little planning to fully explore Canberra, particularly when you want to include lots of food and entertainment. And it's evident that you don't plan to sleep all day遥ou're ready to get out and have an adventure. You're thrilled to sign up for the top activities around, and a quiet day exploring local neighbourhoods is an adventure all its own. Our activities are the perfect way to organise your trip. Book professionally guided tours on Expedia, and there will be no need to worry about looking at a map.

Things to Do in Canberra

Established in 1913 as the purpose built capital of the new nation of Australia, Canberra is a planned city designed to showcase the best of this vast and enigmatic country. Built around a large artificial lake, Canberra forms the heart of the Australian Capital Territory, an independent administrative area in New South Wales. It’s the location of the Australian parliament, where the major political decisions are made, and also a cultural centre with some of the country’s finest museums. But it’s not all formal and manmade in Canberra. Just outside the city there are some great bushwalking trails, as well as kangaroo reserves. It’s a great mix of natural and cultural attractions set in a pleasant and progressive environment.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Canberra

North Canberra - The city’s oldest suburbs, this leafy area is close to the central area of the city, complete with parks and hip bars and cafes.

South Canberra - On the south side of the manmade Lake Burley Griffin, this is where you’ll find many of the city’s major attractions, including the National Gallery and Old Parliament House.

Woden Valley - The first of Canberra’s satellite cities, there’s a major shopping centre here and a number of the larger government departments.

Belconnen - On the shores of Lake Ginninderra, discover a lively suburb with a new shopping centre, the university and the Australian Institute of Sport.

Things to See in Canberra

You can see what the area was like before the city was developed at the historic village of Hall and at attractions like Blundell’s Cottage and Calthorpe’s House. Climb the 195 metre Black Mountain tower to enjoy 360˚ views out over the city and surrounding landscapes. There are some top natural attractions too, in the form of the Canberra Reptile Zoo and the kangaroo reserves outside the city. Visit the Royal Australian Mint and see how money is made or explore the National Dinosaur Museum, the largest collection of its kind in Australia. See democracy in action at the Parliament House of Australia or discover a new world at Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre.

Things to Do in Canberra

Canberra is a centre of cultural and historical learning. Some of the country’s best museums and galleries are located here, including the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and National Library of Australia. You’ll find all of this in the Parliamentary Zone on the south side of Lake Burley Griffin. Take a stroll around the National Botanic Gardens or get up close to nature by enjoying some of the bush walking territory outside of the city. The Australian War Memorial also doubles up as a museum detailing the country’s military history right up the the present day. Or, of course, you can enjoy some retail therapy in the Civic, Canberra’s main shopping area.