To many visitors` surprise, the ACT is a modern town, set within large parks and gardens with lakes and fountains. It is a safe and clean city, and home to many national attractions and important institutions. Canberra is mostly associated with history, culture and art and it teams artistic exhibitions, cultural events, and colourful festivals. And for food lovers, there is more than enough to taste – exquisite wines and gourmet delights are locally produced with great pride.
These are the 10 things not to be skipped when visiting the ACT
1.ANZAC PARADE WALK – a 2,5 km long self-guided walk that captures many historical and nationally important sites. The visitors Parliament House – the symbol of Canberra, built in 1988 and Australian War Memorial where the names of every Australian who has died in war since 1885 are inscribed in bronze on the walls of the colonnades.
2.LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN
Lake Griffin is an artificially created city lake is a masterpiece of Canberra and a popular leisure activity location. There are cycling trails, ferry rides, walking tracks, picnic areas across 6 islands within the lake. Visitors are free to kayak, row, paddleboard and swim, of course. Captain James Cook Memorial is built on the Lake Griffin, it stands to the honour of Captain Cook who recorded the first sighting of the Australian East Coast of Australia.
3. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN
Discover the extensive collection of Australian plants while walking through the wide range of vegetation, covering the areas from the northern tropics to the southern coast. Australian National Botanic Gardens is a place that provides relaxation but also a good deal of education.
4. MOUNT AINSLIE LOOKOUT
Walk, cycle or drive to the lookout for the most impressive city views, especially the sunsets!
5. OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS
Canberra`s most famous markets are an absolute must! Try freshly roasted coffee, good selection of local wines, fantastic local and international food and all you would expect to find at a market (Sundays only).
6. CANBERRA NEW YEARS EVE OR AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS
Witness ACT`s spectacular fireworks, when the city lights up over Lake Griffin. Canberra New Years Eve or Australia Day fireworks – the choice is yours.
Take a wine tour through Canberra`s renowned wineries; Capital Wines, Mount Majura, Lerida Estate and Pankhurst Wines will surely not leave anyone disappointed, and the best time to visit is autumn!
8.CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR
Each March, about 50 balloons launch daily before the sunrise (around 6 am) at Old Parliament House. The fiesta is held over 15 days in a row. Visitors are free to take a ride themselves and enjoy the best views of the city.
9.ZOO IN THE HOTEL
Stay and eat like an African in the middle of Australia! The increasingly famous Jamala Wildlife Lodge provides the guests with a once-in-a-lifetime experience – a true safari adventure right in your bed. How? The accommodation facility is built alongside the National Zoo and Aquarium which gives the guests the opportunity to watch the animals from their window. When making a booking just choose which animal will be outside your room!
Floriade is the major annual event in Canberra is a spring flower festival that offers lots of entertainment, regional food, and wine, but of course, mainly magnificent displays of flowers, sculptures, and other artistic creations.
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