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Experiences in Canberra

Too often dismissed solely as the political heartland of the country, the Australian capital of Canberra is much more than just parliament and public policy. Lake Burley Griffin is the daytime entertainment centre, with its paddle boats, canoes and kayaks as well as a shooting water fountain that reaches high into the city sky.

Scenic cruises are offered at numerous destinations on the shoreline, but for the best views of the city there is only one place to go. Black Mountain Tower sits nearly 200 metres above the streets, offering unobstructed vistas in all directions from its popular viewing platform. Open day and night, this is a unique experience in Canberra.

When most people think of Canberra, they imagine only the city, but the Australian Capital Territory also features some stunning scenery and some of the best cycling areas in the country. Much of the outskirts are taken up by Namadgi National Park, which incorporates the northernmost Australian Alps, a superb area for rock climbing, scenic drives and hiking.

The area around the city is also home to more than 30 wineries that benefit from the colder climate. Tasting sessions are part of the course of any Canberra experience. Among the most visited destinations in the area is Tharwa Village, home of an old bridge across the Murrumbidgee River and one of the area’s original settlements, founded long before the idea of Canberra even existed. Visitors can take a look at a traditional homestead and other historical buildings, just one of many experiences Canberra has to offer.