Canberra's National Attractions

Australian Institute of SportThe Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is Australia's premier sports training institute.

For more information visit www.ausport.gov.au


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Australian National Botanic GardensAustralian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain in Canberra, has the world’s most comprehensive display of living Australian native plants. A place for recreation, inspiration, science and learning.

For more information visit www.anbg.gov.au


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Australian War MemorialAustralian War Memorial

Charles Bean is Australia’s official World War I historian and war correspondent. He had an idea to set aside a place in Australia where families and friends could grieve for those buried in places far away and difficult to visit – a place that would also contribute to the understanding of war itself.

“Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made.” Charles Bean, 1948

For more information visit www.awm.gov.au


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Black Mountain TowerBlack Mountain Tower

See spectacular 360 degree night and day views of Canberra’s region from Black Mountain Tower. Feel the wind in your hair on open viewing platforms. Stay warm and dry during winter months in their enclosed viewing gallery.


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Canberra Deep Space Communication ComplexCanberra Deep Space Communication Complex

For over 40 years, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex has played a key role in the exploration of space as part of NASA's Deep Space Network. It is a unique and informative learning environment for students of all ages and is located at Tidbinbilla, about 35kms southwest of the city of Canberra.

For more information visit www.cdscc.nasa.gov


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Canberra GlassworksCanberra Glassworks

Whether you're a visitor or a local, a complete beginner or a professional artist, a kid or an adult, Canberra Glassworks will inspire you with the wonder of glass. The Canberra Glassworks is housed in the historic Kingston Powerhouse. This contemporary glass centre is the only one of its kind in Australia.

For more information visit www.canberraglassworks.com


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Captian Cook Memorial JetCaptain Cook Memorial Jet

The Captain Cook Memorial Jet commemorates the bicentenary of Captain Cook's discovery of the east coast of Australia. It is one of Canberra's most well-known attractions. When operating at full capacity, the jet can reach a maximum height of 147 metres.

The Captain Cook Memorial Jet was inaugurated in 1970 by Queen Elizabeth II. The normal operating sessions are 11.00am to 2.00pm daily.


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Cockington Green GardensCockington Green Gardens

Cockington Green Gardens, opened to the public in 1979, offers fascinating displays of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens. It is a family owned and operated attraction, and is one of Canberra’s landmark attractions, being a winner of an Australian Tourism Award and many local tourism industry awards in this time.

For more information visit www.cockingtongreen.com.au


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High Court of AustraliaHigh Court of Australia

The High Court building is one of Canberra's major tourist attractions and is situated in the Parliamentary Zone in Parkes Place Parkes, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin between the National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon) and the National Gallery of Australia. The High Court-National Gallery precinct was added to the National Heritage List in November 2007.

For more information visit www.hcourt.gov.au


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International Flag Display International Flag Display

The International Flag Display colourfully acknowledges the United Nations and those that maintain a diplomatic presence in the national capital. The 90 plus flags fly from two offset rows of flagpoles along the promenade between the High Court and the National Library on the southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin.


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Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament HouseMuseum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra presents an exciting new cultural attraction in an authentic, nationally listed, heritage building. Located in the centre of the nation’s capital in Parkes, the Museum is a living museum of social and political history.

For more information visit www.moadoph.gov.au


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National Archives of Australia National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia is housed in Canberra’s original General Post Office. The National Archives documents Australia’s history dating back to Federation - from dramatic events that shaped the nation to decisions that touched the lives of individual Australians. The records the National Archives holds are about people – from the ordinary to the famous – and their interactions with the Australian Government.

For more information visit www.naa.gov.au


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National Capital Exhibition National Capital Exhibition

The National Capital Exhibition is a great place to start your tour of Canberra. Explore the people, events, history and design that contributed to the development of our unique capital city. The Exhibition illustrates Canberra's vital role as a symbol of Federation through interactive displays and multi-media models.

For more information visit www.nationalcapital.gov.au


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National Film and Sound Archive National Film and Sound Archive

Discover the world of Australian film, television and recorded sound at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). Explore the free interactive exhibition containing hundreds of film and sound clips, photographs, costumes and more. See the best of world and Australian film in Arc cinema.

For more information visit www.nfsa.gov.au


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National Gallery of Australia National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia's collections include more than 100,000 works of art and world-class exhibitions across four main areas: Australian art, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art and International art. Works in the Gallery are part of Australia's national collection.

For more information visit www.nga.gov.au


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National Library of Australia National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia is the country's largest reference library. The Library's collections of Australiana have developed into Australia’s single most important resource of materials recording the Australian cultural heritage. Australian writers, editors and illustrators are actively sought and well represented - whether published in Australia or overseas.

For more information visit www.nla.gov.au


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National Museum of Australia National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia (NMA) is a social history museum which is devoted to telling great stories about Australia and Australians in a unique way. It reveals the stories of ordinary and extraordinary Australians, promoting the exploration of knowledge and ideas and providing a dynamic form for discussion and reflection.

For more information visit www.nma.gov.au


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National Portrait Gallery National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery aims to increase the understanding of the Australian people – their identity, history, creativity and culture – through portraiture. The National Portrait Gallery displays some 400 portraits of people who have shaped Australia and who continue to shape our nation.

For more information visit www.portrait.gov.au


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National Zoo and Aquarium National Zoo and Aquarium

The National Zoo & Aquarium is Australia's only combined Zoo and Aquarium. That's 2 attractions in one! It is situated on around 7 hectares of land just five minutes from the centre of Canberra. It has a wide range of both native and exotic animals, as well as the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia.

For more information visit www.nationalzoo.com.au


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Parliament House Parliament House

Parliament House is the home of Federal Parliament and a recent extension of Burley Griffin's vision for Canberra. It was designed by Romaldo Gieurgola, an Italian, and built in 1988 costing $1.1 billion. The building axis runs from North to East and South to West, and is situated perfectly in line with Old Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and Mt. Ainslie.

For more information visit www.aph.gov.au


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Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre Questacon —The National Science and Technology Centre

Questacon was the first interactive science centre in Australia and its aim is to make science fun. Questacon's current building was Japan's gift to Australia for the 1988 Bicentenary.

For more information visit www.questacon.edu.au


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Royal Australia Mint Royal Australian Mint

The Royal Australian Mint is Australia’s national institution responsible for producing all of Australia’s circulating coins. The Royal Australian Mint is one of Canberra’s premier tourist attractions, offering visitors a unique insight into the coin production process.

For more information visit www.ramint.gov.au  

 

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Visit Canberra LogoSome information and imagery sourced from
Australian Capital Tourism.

www.visitcanberra.com.au