The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne.
Canberra enjoys four distinct seasons.
Spring arrives with a profusion of bulbs and the Floriade Festival, Australia's biggest celebration of spring.
At the National Museum of Australia exhibits cover environment change, history, aboriginal culture and Australian icons.
The National Gallery of Australia has more than 165,000 works and the world's largest collection of Indigenous Australian artwork including a ‘forest of souls' that you can walk through.
Nearby, learn the story of Australia through portraits of the people who shaped it at the National Portrait Gallery.
The Australian War Memorial is one of the most satisfying museums in Canberra with halls dedicated to WWI, WWII and other conflicts. Experience a WWII ‘Striking by Night' or ‘The Great War in the Air' sound and light shows in the Anzac Hall. There are free guided tours.
At the Australian Parliament House where you can walk on its grass roof, stroll through exhibits and galleries, take a guided tour and enjoy the unique architecture.
Questacon (the National Science and Technology Museum) is a family friendly place with hands-on exhibits that will excite kids and grown ups about science.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens has the world's most comprehensive display of Australian native plants and the National Arboretum has a one hundred year old cork oak forest and a Pod Playground - a cluster of giant acorns on stilts connected by tunnels - for the kids.
Due to its climate and seasons, Canberra is a cornucopia of local produce and every cuisine imaginable is on offer. The best neighbourhoods in which to sample it are:
New Acton – Try Mocan and Green Grout for its free range eggs, local produce, and fair trade coffee; Parlour Wine Room for its posh yesteryear decor, extensive wine and cocktail list, and tapas made from local organic produce; and Bicicletta for its authentic Italian cuisine, its homemade pasta and gelati sourced from local ingredients, and its outdoor courtyard.
Kingston and Kingston Foreshore – C Dine Bar for excellent seafood and waterfront dining.
Manuka – for the award winning Aubergine and a string of other excellent restaurants.
Canberra City – Blu Ginger for superb Indian and an extensive wine list, and Pod Food for a locally sourced menu that changes with the seasons and its beautiful surroundings – it is a restored 1930s cottage with a garden terrace.
Barton – Ottoman for award winning Turkish cuisine in an art deco pavilion surrounded by gardens and water features.
Canberra is a wine growing district with more than 33 wineries within 30 minutes of the city. The range in temperature, vineyard elevations, and soil types has produced a range of varieties – from Riesling and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and more recently Sangiovese and Tempranillo.
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