Canberra offers much to see in the Australian National Gallery, National Library and War Memorial
This is the first year that Canberra’s picturesque Manuka Oval will host an international Test cricket match, giving sporting fans the perfect excuse to visit Australia’s federal capital.
Later in 2018, the Australian War Memorial will take centre stage as it hosts the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice, with a series of commemorative events taking place on November 11.
Visiting Canberra unlocks the Australian psyche.
Admire an extraordinary volume of treasures in the Australian National Gallery, National Library and Australian War Memorial.
Beyond these stately monuments and galleries, the 250-hectare National Arboretum is home to a whopping 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic Australian fauna, criss-crossed with walking and cycling trails.
The old and new parliament buildings in Canberra (GETTY)
Visiting Canberra unlocks the Australian psyche
The arboretum also features one of Australia’s quirkiest playgrounds, with huge acorns on stilts and play areas shaped like banksia pods.
Revitalised precincts such as NewActon and Braddon best illustrate Canberra’s new lease of life.
The Hotel Hotel in NewActon is the epitome of new Canberra style, with materials such as reclaimed wood evoking the Australian landscape.
NewActon is also home to A Baker, where the five-course ‘Just Feed Me’ and ‘Just Wine Me’ selections offer an array of local produce and wine.
Meanwhile, a blend of pop-up shops and cafes are sprinkled along Lonsdale Street in Braddon.
The Australian War Memorial was established as a place to pay homage to those who have died fighting (GETTY)
The Australian War Memorial was established as a place to pay homage to those who lost their lives in conflict.
This memorial is a humbling place to reflect upon life and loss.
Works from the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art (more than 7,500 pieces) are on display at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).
Also home to Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series, the NGA’s depth of Australian works is the perfect historical storyboard of the turbulence and triumphs of this island continent.
A view of Canberra and Lake Burley Griffin (GETTY)
Austravel (0808 250 4889/austravel.com) offers a 14-night trip to Australia from £2,629 (two sharing), room only.
Price includes return flights from London Heathrow to Sydney, connecting to Canberra for a two-night stay.
Then it’s back to Sydney for tours and stays in Darling Harbour, the Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains (with four days’ hire car) before heading off to Port Douglas for five nights with five days’ car hire.
Canberra tourism: visitcanberra.com