Top 12 Things to do in Canberra, Australia

Make the most of your time visiting Canberra! I’ve curated this list of the top 12 attractions in Canberra, Australia grouped by proximity.  Please be sure to check hours, as they are subject to change.

Fun fact:  Canberra, not Sydney or Melbourne, is the Capital of Australia.

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1. Australian War Memorial

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

“The Australian War Memorial is Australia’s national memorial to the members of its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia. The memorial includes an extensive national military museum.”

2. Anzac Hall

History museum.

3. National Film & Sound Archive

  • Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm

Why you should visit: “The National Collection includes more than 1.9 million items.”

4. City Hill

City park! Relax in City Hill and feel like a local.

5. Commonwealth Park

  • Mon-Sun: 12:00am-12:00am

City park! Get some fresh air in Commonwealth Park.

6. National Museum of Australia

  • Mon-Sun: 9:00am-5:00pm

“The National Museum of Australia preserves and interprets Australia’s social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped the nation. It was formally established by the National Museum of Australia Act 1980.”

7. Captain Cook Memorial

“The Captain James Cook Memorial was built by the Commonwealth Government to commemorate the Bicentenary of Captain James Cook’s first sighting of the east coast of Australia. The memorial includes a water jet located in the central basin and a skeleton globe sculpture at Regatta Point of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, showing the paths of Cook’s expeditions.”

8. National Capital Exhibition

  • Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat, Sun: 10:00am-4:00pm

History museum.

9. Canberra Nara Peace Park

City park! Unwind in Canberra Nara Peace Park.

10. Questacon

  • Mon-Sun: 9:00am-5:00pm

Galleries.

11. National Carillon

  • Tue: 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Wed: 8:00am-9:00am
  • Thur: 8:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri: 2:00am-3:00am
  • Sat: 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Mon: 8:00am-9:00am

“The National Carillon, situated on Aspen Island in central Canberra, Australia is a large carillon managed and maintained by the National Capital Authority on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia.”

12. National Gallery of Australia

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

“The National Gallery of Australia (originally the Australian National Gallery) is the national art museum of Australia as well as one of the largest art museums in Australia, holding more than 166,000 works of art. Located in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, it was established in 1967 by the Australian government as a national public art museum.”

*Anything in quotes is from Wikipedia. 

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