AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

If you’re interested in Australia’s war history or wanting to pay respects to those who have served, the Australian War Memorial is well worth a visit. Directly across the lake from Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial combines a world-class museum, memorial shrine, and extensive archive in one iconic location.

For those looking for the full Canberra experience, the Last Post Ceremony, which commences at 4:55pm AEDT, is a must attend.

Opening Hours: 10am-5pm (7 days)

Website: www.awm.gov.au

How long to stay: Allow for two hours

OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Just a short stroll from the new Parliament, Old Parliament House is a must visit site for those interested in the history of the Australian Political system. Not only is it the original meeting place for Parliament in Canberra, it now serves as the home to the Museum of Australian Democracy. This is a great place to visit if you have a few hours to kill between meetings at Parliament.

Opening Hours: 9am-5pm (7 days)

Website: www.moadoph.gov.au

How long to stay: Allow for 1 – 2 hours

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA

Whether viewing famous paintings such as the ‘Blue Poles’ or taking a stroll through the picturesque gardens, the Gallery is a must-see for all art enthusiasts. Located in the Parliamentary Triangle, the National Gallery is home to a collection of world-class artworks. Being just a short drive from Parliament House, the Gallery is an ideal site for a half-day visit.

Opening Hours: 10am-5pm (7 days)

Website:  www.nga.gov.au

How long to stay: Allow for two hours

LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN AND SURROUNDS

Made famous by John Howard’s early morning walks, a stroll around Lake Burley Griffin offers an energising start to the day surrounded by many of Canberra’s most famous sites. Whether you’re looking to take it in for 45 minutes or a few hours, Lake Burley Griffin is a beautiful sight to see for anyone looking to get outdoors.

How long to stay: Allow for 45 minutes

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

For those interested in the diverse stories of Australia and its people, the National Museum is a must-see. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Museum combines modern and historical exhibitions with stunning architecture. The Museum is a great place to visit if you’ve got a few hours spare and are looking to explore Australia’s rich culture.

Opening Hours: 9am-5pm (7 days)

Website: https://www.nma.gov.au/

How long to visit for: Allow for two hours

THE NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE

Less famous than some of the sites synonymous with Canberra, the National Film and Sound Archive offers an experience that is uniquely Canberran. As Australia’s largest archive of audio-visual materials, there is something that will excite everyone at the National Sound and Film Archive. It is a great place to visit if you have a few hours to spare and are looking to experience not typically at the top of most tourists’ lists.

Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm (7 days)

Website: https://www.nfsa.gov.au/

How long to visit for: Allow for two hours

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