The city is home to many cultural exhibits and institutions and is also earmarked as a hot spot for a vibrant and lively arts community. Complementing its diverse food and bar atmosphere is its established wine region. Canberra boasts of more than 30 wineries all within driving distance of one another. Read on to learn more about Canberra’s hidden attractions to visit and must –see local sites.
Learning Some Australian History at the War Memorial
History buffs visiting Canberra will most likely make a beeline to the Australian War memorial to take in all the artifacts on display. The centre exhibits and chronicles the history of involvement of Australian troops since the colonial era to present times. The galleries are informative with voice-overs of individuals in history making it an interactive learning experience.
Unwind While On a Visit to a Winery
Among the specialized wine companies that offer tourists a wine tasting experience, the most diverse selection can be found among the Eden road wines which could be sampled at its winery and cellar door located on Barton Highway. This boutique wine company also offers guests the opportunity to meet with other wine makers while discussing the local wine choices. The winery also offers some wonderful food and wine pairing at their restaurant.
Touring Parliament House
The Canberra Parliament House is a modern complex which was opened to the public in the 1980s. If you are curious about the political system in the state and the nuts and bolts behind the decision making machine, then a visit to Parliament House should be ideally up your street. Visitors are permitted during question time to view the sessions in the House of Representatives or to witness discussions taking place in the senate. For those who are tagging along for the visit, the building also houses a number of exhibits as well and the guided tours are free.
Pay a Visit to the Old Bus Depot Markets
Canberra does have a funky side and to experience this aspect, head down to the old bus depot market which comes alive every week. The market is held every Sunday from morning till early evening, and tourists and visitors alike descend to rummage through the stalls which are packed with interesting things to buy. From home bakers who´ve set up food stalls to organic produce to home ware and even clothing, the market is a curious little place to wander around on a quiet Sunday. It’s also about the best place to pick up some souvenirs to take back with you.
Rub Shoulders with a Future Sporting Hero
The Australian Institute of Sports is an absolute must for sports fans. Here, you could actually have the chance to bump into some elite names in the field of swimming, athletics, cycling, gymnastics and other sports. Visitors can watch as their favourite sporting hero is taking through his paces. The facilities at the institute include a 50-metre swimming pool, a gym and a tennis court. All these facilities are also open to the public.
Canberra offers tourist a wide array of activities, the suggestions above are just to get you started. Once you’ve begun exploring the city, it’s easy to get carried away with its breathtaking sites and so much more.