24 Hours in Canberra Australia

The capital of Australia and home to the parliament, Canberra is an often overlooked destination when people think of places to visit in Australia.

We spent 24 hours in Canberra to break up the bus journey from Sydney to Melbourne. Here is the list of sights we managed to squeeze into a 24 hour period.


Lake Burley Griffin

This man made lake in situated in the centre of the city. We grabbed a coffee took and took in the beautiful views of the city. If you are interested in sports Lake Burley Griffin as lots to offer from rowing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or fishing.

Cyclists, joggers and walkers are also catered for with the 40km track surrounding the lake. With only 24 hours to take in all the city sights we did not have time for any of these activities, but maybe next time.


National Museum of Australia

With free entry, here you can learn and form an understanding of Australias social history. The museum outlines key issues, events and people that have shaped Australia. The museum hosts information on 50,000 years of Indigenous heritage, details on the first European settlers, and other key events in Australian history.

The National Museum of Australia is also home to the worlds largest collection of Aboriginal bark paintings. We spent about one hour exploring the museum.


Australia’s Parliament House

Leaving the National Museum of Australia we walked across the Waterloo Bridge and made our way to Parliament House. The new seat of government for Australia, this modern hilltop building was constructed in 1988. 

The old Parliament building is located further down the hill. This expansive structure houses the Representatives Chamber and Parliamentary Library. It is also topped by a viewing deck and 81 metre tall flagpole that gives great views.


After exploring the artwork and corridors of the Parliament building we headed back down the Avenue towards the old Parliament building and surrounding grounds.

Australian War Memorial

We made our way back across the city and see the Australian War Memorial. This excellent museum and archive is dedicated to any Australians who have died in conflict. It is a place of remembrance and understanding and well worth a visit.


Mount Ainslie Walking Trail

After our history lesson we headed for the Mount Ainslie Walking trail for sunset. It took about 40 minutes to hike to the top. This is a 4.5km hike offers picture perfect views of Canberra city and is a spectacular spot to watch the sunset.

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