Canberra Sightseeing Guide - Visit notable attractions and landmarks
Built in 1913, Canberra is a very modern city and there are no ancient sights to visit. However, there is a large number of historically significant buildings and more than 30 impressive structures to explore, all located around the city's many parks and other natural beauty spots.
Most of Canberra's main attractions are located in the city center, within easy walking distance of each other. Some of the main points of interest here are the impressive Parliament House, Captain Cook Memorial and National Library, all of which are situated around the enchanting Lake Burley Griffin.
Lake Burley Griffin was named after the man who designed Canberra and is the city's focal point. The city also features plenty of parks to wander in as well as modern shopping malls and places to dine.
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Dedicated to the growth, study and promotion of Australia's diverse flora, these large gardens are a great place to walk on a sunny day. Visitors can reach the Australian National Botanic Gardens by taking bus number 81 from platform 9 and getting off at stop D.
National Museum of Australia
This is a great place to visit in order to learn about Australia's unique, vibrant and sometime fictitious history. To get to the National Museum of Australia, visitors should take bus 34 from the City Bus Interchange.
Lake Burley Griffin
Situated in the heart of Canberra, wandering along the pathways that circle this large and lovely lake is a rewarding experience. A number of attractions can be found here such as Blundell's Cottage and Captain Cook Memorial Jet.
National Library of Australia
Located to the south of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Library of Australia contains a collection of more than five million books. Bookworms will want to visit on Thursdays, when a special complimentary guided tour is conducted.
Old Parliament House
This magnificent building was the government seat from 1927 to 1988 and is an important attraction for anyone with an interest in politics. The Old Parliament House can be reached on foot from the city center and serves as a public museum to preserve Australia's political past.
Located in a picturesque nature reserve, visitors will want to climb this tall tower to see stunning views across Canberra. To get here, simply hop on bus number 81 and get off at stop C.
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