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How to Spend 2 Days in Canberra

How to Spend 2 Days in Canberra

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.

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Canberra Brewery Winery and Distillery Tour

Canberra Brewery Winery and Distillery Tour

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This brewery, winery, and distillery tour is ideal for groups with varying tastes, as you can try a range of alcoholic beverages in one afternoon. There’s also no need to nominate one of your party as the designated driver, with mini-bus transportation, so everyone can relax and have fun. Learn how local drinks are made, taste what you fancy, and get the chance to purchase more for later.
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CanBEERa Explorer: Capital Brewery Full-Day Tour

CanBEERa Explorer: Capital Brewery Full-Day Tour

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Learn about Canberra’s brewing tradition with a visit to three craft breweries and a craft beer pub. Meet local brewers, learn about craft beer production, tour the breweries, and of course, taste a variety of local beers and ciders. The tour includes water, snacks, and a delicious lunch with options including burgers, schnitzel, and more.
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Building + Architecture Tour (10am + 2pm Daily)

Building + Architecture Tour (10am + 2pm Daily)

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Get the most out of your visit to the National Museum of Australia by joining a guided tour of its highlights. An expert guide will take you to some of the most significant items and displays in the museum, and tell you stories about their meaning and history. You’ll gain a greater insight into contemporary Australia through learning about its past.
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Capital 3in3 - 3 Craft Beer Hotspots in 3 Hours

Capital 3in3 - 3 Craft Beer Hotspots in 3 Hours

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Beer lovers will enjoy this relaxed tour that visits three Canberra craft beer hotspots in three hours. With transportation included, you don’t need to worry about getting around after a drink (or several). As this is an afternoon tour, you can continue the merriment into the evening with your new friends. There’s a limit of ten participants, so everyone will get personalized attention from the expert local guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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