Explore Canberra

Canberra has flourished in recent years. The evolving entertainment districts of New Acton, Kingston, Manuka and Braddon are packed with smart and stylish cafes, bars and entertainment, creating an ever present hive of activity. Frequent festivals, sporting events and a vibrant cultural scene offer something for everyone. The city continues to welcome a steady influx of creative talent and gastronomes, adding another angle of cultural cred to an already impressive collection of experiences.

Canberra has four distinct seasons and there's a festival or event to mark each one! Whether it's celebrating the arts, music, theatre, regional food and wine or the city's passionate sporting culture, there is literally something for everyone to enjoy. Find out more

If you're attending a conference and are searching for things to do, here are some ideas to get you started. By no means an exhaustive list, we've picked out a few one-of-a-kind Canberra experiences.

Last Post At Australian War Memorial

Visit one of the Australia's most popular landmarks. At the end of each day the Memorial farewells visitors with its moving Last Post Ceremony.

Take A Hot Air Balloon Flight

Experience the exhiliration of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise for a 360 degree view of our natural and national attractions.

Go Behind The Scenes At Parliament House

Take a back of house tour to explore the unique blend of impressive architecture, stunning art collection and beautiful gardens of Australia's national meeting place.

Cool Climate Wineries At Your Doorstep

A 30 minute drive from the city will bring you to more than 30 boutique cellar doors that produce distinctive award winning cool climate wines. Most wineries are small enough where you can still meet the winemaker, yet large enough to find all the varieties of a premium wine growing region.

Visit the National Arboretum

One of the world's largest living collections of rare and significant trees is set on a city hilltop overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. Take a free guided tour and enjoy the panoramic views from the Village Centre.

Take A Curated Tour

From war to science, art, film, natural and political history, the city's many museums and galleries have great stories to tell about Australia's identity and our place in the world.

Put On Your Foodie Hat

Canberra is surrounded by artisan food makers who provide local restaurateurs with fresh organic produce, smoked meats, on site roasted coffee and craft beer. An eclectic mix of cafes, fine dining and bars has hit the mark in recent years, resulting in a number of hatted restaurants, including Aubergine, Capitol Bar & Grill, Monster Bar and Kitchen, Lilotang and Piallago Farmhouse,


Go behind the scenes at the Australian Institute of Sport and catch some of our top athletes in training.

Power and the Passion

Decades of politics and passion echo through the corridors of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Experience an atmosphere steeped in history as you revisit dramatic events in our political history.

An African Safari Experience

Extend your stay and experience the thrill of close encounters with some of the world's most dangerous and endangered animals, while staying in African inspired luxury suites at Jamala Wildlife Lodge. You'll also be contributing to the valuable conservation programs run by the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Try Glass Blowing

Situated in the historic former Kingston Powerhouse, you can watch artists blowing glass at Canberra Glassworks or sign up to make your own piece of glass art.