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Things to do in Canberra
Discover an incredible concentration of major landmarks in one master-planned city when you visit Australia’s capital city, Canberra!
Things to do & see in Canberra
With cultural and national treasures on virtually every corner, Canberra is a must-do destination. Plan a picnic at scenic Lake Burley Griffin, and then explore one of these nearby landmarks!
Get to know your Australian politics at Parliament House, the focal point that the rest of Canberra was built around. Visit the meeting place of the nation to see democracy in action.
Lest we forget. Discover the Anzac spirit and honour the sacrifices and achievements of Australians at war when you visit one of the nation’s most important landmarks.
Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium offers one of the most unique zoo experiences in the world. Stay overnight and meet some of the most dangerous and endangered species on earth!
Australia’s national art museum holds more than 166,000 pieces, including Jackson Pollock’s famous ‘Blue Poles’ and the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
An architectural marvel on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Museum of Australia is where Australia’s stories come to life. See more than 210,000 objects representing Australia’s history and culture.
Rising 195.2m (640.4ft) above the summit of Black Mountain, Telstra Tower offers spectacular 360 degree views of the Canberra region, day or night.
How to get to Canberra
With more than 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Here are our most popular routes to Canberra!
How to get around Canberra
Once your Greyhound bus to Canberra arrives at the Canberra Civic Coach Stop on West Row, you’ll find it’s a breeze to get around town, due to the strategic town planning that went into its creation.
Most of Canberra’s major attractions – including Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Australian War Memorial and Questacon, the national science and technology centre – surround Lake Burley Griffin, and are all within walking distance of one another. You can take a self-guided walking tour to explore Canberra and its scenic surrounds!
Canberra also has an extensive bike lane network, with cycling paths throughout the city, as well as off-road mountain bike trails. You can hire a bike and use your pedal-power to see Canberra.
Canberra has an extensive inner-city public bus service called ACTION, which connects all of the city’s suburbs and major tourist attractions. ACTION buses use the MyWay smartcard prepaid ticketing system; MyWay cards can be purchased from 30 recharge agents around the city.
To plan your trip around Canberra with ACTION, you can use their Journey Planner.
There are also a number of taxi services that operate within Canberra – these can be hailed on the street or at taxi ranks, or by pre-ordering over the phone and online. Pre-ordering is recommended if you have more than four passengers, to ensure a suitably sized vehicle is available.
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