Come for the wine, stay for everything else

Key sights

Australian Institute of Sport
Paid admission

Australian National Botanic Gardens
Free general admission

Australian War Memorial
Free general admission

Canberra Glassworks
Free general admission

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
Paid admission

National Film and Sound Archive
Free general admission

National Gallery of Australia
Free general admission

National Library of Australia
Free general admission

National Museum of Australia
Free general admission

National Portrait Gallery
Free general admission

Local tip

Questacon — The National Science and Technology Centre.

Free fall six metres down a vertical slide, swing 360 degrees using your own momentum or be shaken by an earthquake. Uncover the mysteries of science in eight themed galleries. Great for families!

Eating, drinking & indulging

Dine in your choice of three Two Hatted and eight One Hatted restaurants.

Canberra district’s wine region is home to 140 vineyards, and over 30 boutique cellar doors, most within 35 minutes’ drive of the city!

Hit the local restaurants, cafes and bars in the Civic, Manuka, Kingston, Braddon and Dickson precincts.

Pick from eight day spas.

Discover treasures at Canberra’s weekend markets.

Tee off at one of nine public access Golf Courses.

Local tip

Follow the hipsters to Lonsdale Street in Braddon and explore great cafes, restaurants, bars and an eclectic collection of shops.

Must do winter events

Get truffled
Experience the taste of locally grown black Perigord truffles at the Canberra & Capital Region Truffle Festival from now through to early August. This hands-on festival invites you to join in truffle hunts, tastings, dinners and cooking demonstrations.

All that jazz
Canberra’s mid-winter celebration of jazz Capital Jazz Project features 90 international, national and ACT based artists from 2 to 11 August.

Frolic by the Fireside in August
The annual Fireside Festival is the perfect excuse to sip red wine by a crackling fire. This treat for foodies takes place at 20 venues throughout the region.

Local tip

Explore Lake Burley Griffin with a walk, hire bike or on a guided segway tour.

It’s a great way to see some of the top attractions lining the lake’s edge - family and tandem bikes make for extra fun. Take advantage of one of the many spots for a coffee or bite to eat on the way.