Unlike many other capital cities, Canberra feels more like a small town surrounded by hills, bush, and parkland. With two days in the Australian capital, visitors can check out the top-quality cultural attractions in town and experience nature in some of the surrounding areas. Here’s what to do with two days in Canberra.
Day 1: Tour the Cultural Attractions
Morning: A hop-on hop-off bus is a convenient way of traveling between spread-out attractions in Canberra. Start the day in the Parliamentary Zone with a tour of Parliament House, the seat of Australian government. Learn about Australia’s history and present at the same time.
Afternoon: Turn to Canberra’s cultural offerings this afternoon with a visit to the National Gallery of Australia or the National Museum of Australia, two of the city’s must-see attractions. The National Gallery contains a large collection of Indigenous Australian artworks, while the colorful, distinctive National Museum occupies its own peninsula on Lake Burley Griffin.
Night: Sometimes known as Canberra’s Chinatown, the Dickson neighborhood is one of the best places in the city to eat out. Strike out and take your pick of its wide collection of international food options, from Ethiopian and Japanese to Thai.
Day 2: Views and Brews
Morning: Get up early to take a scenic hot-air-balloon ride over Lake Burley Griffin. The colorful balloons, a common sight across Canberra, offer one of the best ways to experience the city. Alternatively, go on a morning walk up Black Mountain or Mount Ainslie to admire the sweeping views.
Afternoon: This afternoon is the perfect time to explore Canberra’s decadent side. As the city is known for its nearby vineyards and also produces some popular craft beers, join a beer- or wine-tasting tour to learn about the culture of Canberra through its drink production.
Night: On your final evening in Canberra, set out to explore the vibrant Civic area. The Canberra Centre or Sydney and Melbourne Building Precinct are lively places that pack great restaurants and nightlife options.