From a picnic on the lake to a wholesome morning at the markets to a getaway at a local winery, there are plenty of things to do in Canberra that open your eyes to a whole new side of the city. Skip Parliament House, we’ve rounded up a list of the top things to do in Canberra that are far from boring.

Lake Burley Griffin

Spend an hour in the heart of the city at Lake Burley Griffin, and walk, run or ride the ‘bridge-to-bridge’ path, stopping for a coffee (or drink) along the way. Experience a different view and enjoy a scenic picnic lunch on a GoBoat or Love Boat and set sail around the lake.

Museums and Galleries

Canberra is well-known for its national attractions, yet the city’s local arts scene and heritage sites are thriving. Some of Australia’s most iconic cultural attractions, museums and galleries are located right in Canberra and include the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Film and Sound Archive, and more.

National Zoo & Aquarium and Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Get up close and experience some of the world’s most remarkable creatures at the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra. Learn how they set the best practices for animal care and sustainability through their exciting and innovative educational experiences. While you’re there, you can stay at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge located within the grounds of the zoo. The ultimate overnight safari, stay metres away from lions, bears, tigers, or cheetahs in the Jungle Bungalows, or relax on the balcony of the Giraffe Tree House.

QT Hotel

Not only in a great location, QT Canberra offers a unique stay with their playful chic décor that embodies a luxury boutique hotel. Only a short walk from the Canberra Centre, enjoy a meal out or dine in at their venue Capitol Bar & Grill.


Just a short drive from the city, Canberra’s cool climate wine region is the perfect day out or weekend getaway with friends and family. Home to 140 vineyards and more than 40 wineries, find your new favourite drop as you visit cellar doors at Brindabella Hills Winery, Yarrh Wines, Shaw Wines or Nick O’Leary.

Capital Brewing Co & Brodburger at Dairy Road

Enjoy a signature Brodburger at the popular Capital Brewing Co at Dairy Road by the open fire or out in the beer garden. Serving their core range of craft beers on tap as well as special and seasonal releases, taste Canberra’s best beer and burgers together!

Go to the Markets

Spend your Saturday morning lakeside at The Little Burley Market and explore curated gourmet food and artisan stalls. On Sunday, find Haig Park Village Markets in Braddon where you can pick up some local produce, sweet treats, and a bunch of flowers. And just over the bridge, the iconic Old Bus Depot Markets houses a beautiful collection of handmade items, baked goods and more.

Verity Lane Market

Canberra takes its foodie culture seriously, and the dining hall Verity Lane Market allows you to enjoy everything from Italian to South African cuisine across their six vendors. The perfect spot for casual lunches or dinner with family and friends, Verity Lane features chef-driven cuisine and world class drinks within walking distance from the city centre.

Grab a drink

Canberra has a wide selection of bars to kick off or end your evening. Housed in one of Canberra’s heritage buildings, Bar Rochford offers an extensive wine list, tasty share plates and a soundtrack to go with their cool vibe. Nearby, a speakeasy bar Molly is tucked away serving up everchanging and creative cocktails, lobster rolls and live jazz for your evening.

Shop and dine in Braddon

You’ll find several trendy food spots and boutiques on Lonsdale Street in Braddon that showcase local makers and creatives. Head into Goodbyes, POP Canberra, and Hive to find everything from pre-loved items to high-end homewares. Home to a collection of must-try restaurants and bars, when you get hungry dine in at Lazy Su, Eightysix, Rizla and Corella Bar.

Sunset at the National Arboretum

Home to a collection of living forests and gardens, the National Arboretum offers breathtaking views of the capital. Take a stroll on one of the multi-purpose tracks that wind through the forest and if you pack a picnic blanket the location is perfect to enjoy a stunning sunset over the hills.

Events and Festivals

Canberra’s calendar of events and festivals celebrate everything you love, from delicious food at the Multi-Cultural Festival, to floral masterpieces at Floriade in spring, Hot Air Balloon Spectacular and light displays at the Enlighten Festival.

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