Introducing Canberra

For a city centred around politics, Canberra is impressively serene. With a mountain-range backdrop, placid silver lake and wide avenues reminiscent of European capitals, this city offers a wonderful blend of nature, culture and fabulous open space.

Things to Do

Lake Burley Griffin is Canberra’s stunning epicentre. It provides boundless activities and a breath-taking space to get back to nature… right in the heart of the city. Hop on a paddleboard, cycle the tranquil shoreline, or relax in one of the many waterfront eateries. Further afield, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to Australia’s cuddliest, cutest, and most-peculiar creatures – keep your eyes peeled for koalas, wallabies and the ever-elusive duck-billed platypus. 

Take a journey through First Nations’ history at the National Gallery of Australia, where sculptures, paintings and installations tell a tale that goes back thousands of years. The National Museum of Australia is another unmissable landmark, with indoor and outdoor displays that make the most of its lakeside location. And a stroll around the city wouldn’t be complete without a pit stop to admire the impressive architecture of Parliament House.  

Canberra lies in unparalleled wine country, with a trail of award-winning vineyards within a stone’s throw of the city. Take a day tour to sample the cool-climate wines, then head back to the centre to explore more mouth-watering delights. Lonsdale Street is replete with options fit for any time of day. Grab a freshly roasted coffee in the morning, then return for sundowners, dinner and experimental cocktails. 

Top Tip from SLH

For a city-wide panorama that can’t be beaten, strike for the summit of Mount Ainslie at sunrise or sunset.