Visit Canberra, the city with beautiful galleries and museums clustered around a lake and cupped in bushland. With numerous clubs and discotheques the nightlife of this inland city is just amazing.
Canberra - Population of nearly 300 000 is Australia's capital and only major inland city. It is unique in having every detail of it's construction planned from the beginning, then being built halfway between Sydney and Melbourne after a dispute over which would become the nations capital.
The nerve centre of Australian national government, is just a three hour drive or a 45-minute flight south-west of Sydney. Set in a broad valley in the southern tablelands of New South Wales, Canberra is a well-planned lakeside city of parklands, impressive restaurants, beautiful bushland and leafy suburbs. Many of the public buildings display some of Australia's most innovative architecture including those housing our major, and most impressive, national attractions.
Key attractions of Canberra
Parliament HouseBuilt into the peak of Capital Hill, is the focal point for the whole of Canberra. The interior incorporates Australian artworks and is designed to embody the spirit of democracy. Visitors can take a guided tour, have lunch on the terrace, or view the story of Australian democracy in the theatrette. You are also welcome to observe Australia's political process if your visit occurs when Parliament is in session.
National Gallery of AustraliaThe National Gallery has the finest modern art collection in the southern hemisphere. It has more than 70,000 works which range from European Old Masters to contemporary Aboriginal artists, and is renowned for its inter- national blockbuster exhibitions and permanent gems such as Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. A wander through the Sculpture Garden will introduce you to many exciting works by Australia's foremost sculptors, and the wonderful "fog sculpture" shrouds the garden and lily pond in a delicate white mist. Follow a path through land- scaped greenery to Mirrabrook, an outdoor restaurant beside Lake Burley Griffin.
National Portrait GallerySituated in Old Parliament House and opened in 1994 the gallery is in an early stage of its development. Exhibitions, built around a theme are changed every four or five months and include artworks borrowed from public and private lenders some of which have never been exhibited before.
The other attractions of Cannebra include the artificial Lake Burley Griffin that is the centrepiece of modern Canberra . The Civic Centre, or “Civic” for short, which houses shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs, cinemas and theatre also attracts lot of visitors. The campus of the Australian National University (ANU) is just to the west of the centre in the suburb of Acton, and you’ll also find the National Film and Sound Archive here. Beyond Acton, the National Botanic Gardens sit at the flanks of the 806-metre Black Mountain, topped by the distinctive Telecom Tower and just one of many scattered sections of the Canberra Nature Park. Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, is where you’ll find the government offices and national cultural institutions, and is the part of Canberra that is of most architectural interest.
Conossieur ParadiseAll cuisines imaginable are represented somewhere in Canberra and the surrounding suburbs, and if you have the time it’s well worth getting out of the centre to explore some of them. Woolley Street in Dickson is the best suburban street to head for, crammed as it is with a variety of Asian restaurants and supermarkets. The well-off areas of Manuka and Kingston, near New Parliament House, have gourmet delis and fine restaurants. Civic itself is well served with places to eat, especially in the pedestrian mall around Garema Place.
In addition to the restaurants listed Canberra’s many clubs also serve very inexpensive meals in a typical Aussie atmosphere. Cafés are plentiful around the centre, with a particular concentration on Bunda Street, near the cinemas.
City of DreamsNumerous clubs, most of which admit visitors, are one of the features of Canberra life. They often serve inexpensive meals, and may also organize live music, film evenings, parties or comedy shows – all in the hope of luring visitors to gamble their money away on the one-armed bandits. One of the biggest is the Canberra Workers Club on Childers Street.
There are several nightclubs in Canberra, including Pandora’s, on the corner of Mort and Alinga streets, with two floors of dance music, disco and rock; and The Private Bin, on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and East Row, where the city’s public servants let their hair down.
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Hotels in Canberra
- Heritage Hotel Canberra 3½*
- Olims Hotel Canberra 4*
- Canberra Waldorf Apartment 4½*
- Pacific International Apartments 4*