Some of the top experiences to enjoy during your time in Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory:
Learn more about Australia’s political past, present and future by visiting both Parliament House and Old Parliament House. Attend the current Parliament House while parliament is in session to view the nation’s politicians debate the topics of the day. A visit to the Old Parliament House will provide more information on the establishment of Australia as a nation and allow you to get a more ‘hands-on’ experience.
Go to a museum
Pick a different museum or art gallery every day and it will still take a long while to run out. National Museum of Australia, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Dinosaur Museum, the list goes on! Whatever you are interested in you will find something to interest you in Australia’s capital.
Enjoy a laksa in Dickson
Dickson is known as Canberra’s Chinatown and boasts the biggest hub of Asian restaurants and grocers in town. Dickson Asian Noodle House is one of the most popular establishments in the area and famed for its laksa. Dickson Dumpling House is another popular highlight worth exploring the area for, particularly to experience their prawn and pumpkin dumplings.
Attend the National Multicultural Festival
Ever wanted an Ethiopian beer with your German sausage? An Indian mango lassi with your Dutch pancakes? Luckily for you, your cravings can be satisfied at the annual National Multicultural Festival, which Canberra hosts each year in February. It’s one of the most popular events on the Canberra calendar with nearly a quarter of a million people taking a bite from the global tasting plate each year.
Get active at the Australian Institute of Sport
Attend a tour at the AIS to gain an insight into the lives and training methods of Australia’s elite athletes. The nation is world famous for its prowess in sport, and the AIS plays a large part in this. While you’re there, take on the many sporting challenges that are open to visitors.
Head out on Garema Place
Home to some of Canberra’s best small bars, Garema Place is the perfect destination for those desiring a cocktail. Head to Honky Tonks for Sangria and Spanish-themed finger food, upstairs to Hippo Co for whisky and cocktails or a couple of doors down to Playground for martinis and tapas.