Australia’s capital is a much maligned sight for a lot of tourists and it’s a real shame. While it doesn’t boast the fast paced life of Sydney or the vibrant shopping of Melbourne, Canberra is without a doubt the best place to go if you want to learn more about Australian history and culture.
A walk through Anzac Parade and a visit to the Australian War Memorial is a moving chance to explore Australia’s proud military history, while Reconciliation Place in nearby Parkes is a tribute to Australia’s original inhabitants.
A whole slew of museums and galleries will keep even the most curious explorer occupied for days on end, with the
National Museum and Qesticon being highlights. Pay a visit to the Royal Australian Mint, explore parliament house, or spend a day exploring the Australian National Library.
It’s not all culture and history though. The Australian National Botanical Gardens are a beautiful interlude, there are numerous hikes to be found on nearby Black Mountain, the miniature world landmarks of Cockington Green Gardens, or the chance to catch some Australian sport as the Canberra Raiders or ACT Brumbies do their thing at Bruce Stadium.
While it might not be a patch on places like Washington DC in the United States, Canberra is definitely worthy of a day or two. The night life might not be amazing and there aren’t theme parks and beaches – but that’s a part of its charm. Canberra is a beautiful city and offers up something you won’t find elsewhere in Australia.