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Authored by Natalie Athanasiadis

Canberra is a city that is steeped in history and filled with beauty, and is fast becoming a top travel destination in Australia. Canberra is a gem with many great things to see and do in the city.

Nobody knows this better than the local concierge team at top hotel Crowne Plaza Canberra, who gave us the inside scoop on some of the must-dos in Australia’s capital.

Australian War Memorial

Anyone who’s interested in Australian history will be fascinated and moved by the Australian War Memorial, which functions not just as a commemorative piece to honor Australians whose lives were sacrificed in the various wars but also as a museum of relics and records documenting Australian war involvement.

From its unique architecture and contemplative setting to its complete coverage of military history, the Australian War Memorial is a must for anyone who’s interested in the history of Australia. The guided tours offered at the memorial are excellent and really enhance your visit to the site.

Australian War Memorial. Photo CC by Fred Garrecht.

Australian War Memorial. Photo CC by Fred Garrecht.

National Gallery of Australia

Art lovers will have a field day at the National Gallery of Australia, which hosts a diverse variety of changing exhibitions that can feature anything from Australian video art to Southeast Asian photography.

One of the world’s best repositories of Indigenous and Australian art, the gallery is housed in a building that’s a work of art in itself and also offers café and restaurant options, enabling visitors to spend an entire day there.

Stromlo Forest Park

If you love the great outdoors, a visit to Stromlo Forest Park is an absolute must. Not only is the park located in a stunning setting, it is also equipped with a sporting facility that enables visitors to cycle, run, ride horses and mountain bike.

Located just a ten minute drive from central Canberra, Stromlo Forest Park offers respite from the city in a charming setting.

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Kangaroos roam Stromlo Forest Park.

Canberra Glassworks

Watching the fascinating formation of glass art is a unique experience that just might get you started on a new hobby. Canberra Glassworks is a cultural center committed to promoting modern glass art. Watch mesmerised as artists fashion intricate creations out of hot glass. In addition, visitors who are at least fourteen years old can book in advance to make their very own glass paperweights!

National Museum Australia

One of the nation’s best museums, the National Museum of Australia is chock full of well-crafted exhibits illustrating Australia’s complex social history. Whether you’re interested in Indigenous culture or the early European settlers, you’re sure to learn a lot. The museum is huge and you can easily spend an entire day there.

If you think you’re going to be bored, think again, as the exhibits are exceedingly well crafted and will stimulate your mind and pull at your heartstrings. You can also take paid guided tours, which enable you find out a lot more than you would wandering around on your own and ensure you see everything in the museum. This is great if you’re afraid you’ll get caught up at one exhibition and unwittingly miss the others.

Questacon

Families with kids mustn’t miss Questacon, which will delight not only kids but parents as well. The science and technology center is full of wacky exhibits that the young and the young at heart will love. Peer through a microscope and feel the shocks of an earthquake for a day of incredible fun!

Canberra is such a cosmopolitan city that anybody who bothers to scratch beneath the surface will find lots of places to visit and activities to put on their itinerary. This list provides just a taste of what the capital of Australia has to offer.

Natalie Athanasiadis works in PR and marketing and specialises in working with large clients in the hospitality and event industries such as Crowne Plaza Canberra. Natalie takes a great interest in everything events, hospitality and travel. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on these subjects. You can follow Natalie on Twitter @natalieathana or Google+.

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