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Canberra is the

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Canberra

Canberra

The Australian capital

The Australian capital may not boast the gorgeous sweeps of shoreline that so invigorate Perth and Brisbane, as well as Melbourne and Sydney, but it has more than enough art, culture, sport and gastronomy strewn among its key institutions and government buildings to make a few days in its company worthwhile.

The city spreads out around Lake Burley Griffin – an “artificial” water feature that was formed by the damming of the Molonglo River. Here is the capital’s favourite playground; a rippled expanse of blue where the locals row, paddle and kayak, or run and bike around the edge.

It makes for a pretty picture as well. Stroll along the lakeside and you will pass both the National Library of Australia (an epic modernist block of a structure, home to seven million publications) and the National Gallery of Australia (a similarly striking complex that is home a vast array of Australian paintings and sculptures).

You can find fine eateries all over the grid; on Barker Street in Griffith, and Bunda Street in the centre. The latter is also surrounded by options for a beer – not least on Northbourne Avenue and Alinga Street. And if you want to take your search for a tipple further afield, the capital, like Melbourne and Sydney, has open-door wineries on its doorstep.

Content by Chris Leadbetter – Award winning Telegraph journalist 

Parliament House
As the political heart of the nation, Parliament House offers guided tours that allow visitors to explore the impressive architecture, learn about the democratic process, and even observe parliamentary debates in action.
National Gallery of Australia
Art enthusiasts will be captivated by the National Gallery of Australia's vast collection, featuring a diverse range of Australian and international artworks, including significant Indigenous art pieces.
Australian National Botanical Gardens
Nature lovers will find solace in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, home to a diverse array of native plants, offering peaceful walks and informative exhibits about the country's unique flora.
National Zoo and Aquarium
Get up close and personal with a variety of fascinating animals at the National Zoo and Aquarium, with opportunities for unique animal encounters and unforgettable experiences.
National Arboretum
Wander through the vast collection of trees from around the world at the National Arboretum, enjoying scenic walks and magnificent views of the city and surrounding landscapes.
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