Canberra

Queanbeyan is conveniently located on the doorstep of our nation’s capital and Canberra is only a short ten minutes away.  This architecturally modern city was designed by Walter Burley Griffin to nestle into the broad floodplain of the Molonglo River, with its encircling hills and mountains providing a backdrop for the natural beauty of the bush land environment.

It was named Canberra in 1913, which is aboriginal for ‘the meeting place', and now is the hub of Australia’s political life.  The city itself is dotted with national institutions such as the old and new Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia and Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre and the National Portrait Gallery. 
 
While in town take a minute to observe the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ diverse flora as you wander the leafy tracks, experience the exhibits at the Australian War Memorial, or walk/cycle around tranquil Lake Burley Griffin on the labyrinth of pathways built with the peaceful traveller in mind.
 
When its mealtime, find one of the city’s many restaurants and dig into gourmet foods cooked by chefs from different cultures paired with the superb wine of the region.  While in the swinging Manuka/Kingston area you can indulge in some boutique shopping and join in on the buzz happening at the busy sidewalk cafes.
 
Canberra has many spectacular events throughout the year and you might like to plan your visit to coincide with one of these, such as Floriade - Australia's Celebration of Spring, the Subaru Rally of Canberra, the Canberra Balloon Festival, the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival, the National Folk Festival, the Australian Science Festival or the many first class sporting or cultural events.
 
For more information go to www.visitcanberra.com.au
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