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A Day in Canberra

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Marcus Clark Street

Located near the Canberra Centre, Marcus Clark Street offers visitors expensive designer-wear clothing stores alongside low-key and cheap gift shops. Check out the view of surrounding boutiques, gourmet restaurants and souvenir shops from the Pacific International Apartments.

Marcus Clark Street, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2601
Merry Go Round

Younger children will be enthralled by this magnificent, old-fashioned Civic Merry-Go-Round. It is located in the heart of Canberra's main shopping area, and its music always attracts children. Originally built in 1914, the merry-go-round still has its original organ and beautifully hand carved horses. The horses were made in Germany, and the poles were brought in from Scotland. The structure is quite large, so very small children should be accompanied by an adult. The open hours are extended during the summer months.

73 Petrie Plaza, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2601
National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia honors the nation's cultural heritage with exciting exhibits, affording visitors insight into everything from indigenous history to the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. In its commitment to creating an interesting and educational environment for its guests, the museum has incorporated innovative technologies and hands-on activities into its exhibits. Even the landmark's exterior screams fun, featuring a colorful, geometric design inspired by knotted ropes. The architecture symbolizes the weaving together of Australia's rich history, and the can't-miss destination does an excellent job of commemorating the events that have made Australia the nation that it is today.

Lawson Crescent, Acton, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2601
Australian National Botanic Gardens

At the National Botanic Gardens, you can see the best of Australia's exotic plant life right from the nation's capital. In an afternoon, visitors can experience tropical rainforest flora, lush eucalyptus lawns, and alpine rock gardens. The institution aims to "grow, study, and promote Australia's flora," and it holds a special place among Canberra's attractions. Daily free guided tours ensure that you don't have to be an expert to enjoy the richness of Australia's National Botanic Gardens.

Clunies Ross Street, Acton, ACT, Australia, 2601
National Gallery of Australia

Showcasing some of the best artworks from national and international artists, the National Gallery of Australia is an iconic landmark of the city. Set along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the building is one of the finest examples of Brutalist architecture. The dazzling glass edifice of the gallery welcomes art lovers to the vibrant galleries housed inside the massive 2.3 hectares (23000 square meters) floor space. The exhaustive collections vary from Australian art, Modern art to photography and crafts exhibits. The surrounding lawns boast of a spectacular sculpture garden featuring works of renowned sculptors like Auguste Rodin and Fujiko Nakaya. Offering an insightful as well as a rich aesthetic experience to its patrons, the National Gallery of Australia commands respect as one of the largest art museums of the country.

Parkes Place East, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2600
American War Memorial

This war memorial, also known as the Australian-American War Memorial, comprises an eagle on a podium towering over Canberra. It was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. The memorial commemorates the soldiers who fought on behalf of the United States, an Australian ally, during World War II. Have a moment of peace here and pay your respects to the past.

Sir Thomas Blamey Square, Russell, ACT, Australia, 2600
Parliament House

Australians have more reason than most to boast about their capital building. A unique and captivating structure that can be seen across the city, the parliament house features geometric architecture alongside green lawns and white pillars. Equipped with no less than 4,700 rooms, the interiors of the Parliament House exude opulence through every wall. A paradise of art, the government seat houses a collection of more than 6,000 artworks, ranging from historic portraiture to contemporary landscapes. A primary venue for some of the most important national and international functions, the Parliament House also hosts cultural and private events in its premises. A defining landmark of the capital city and the country, the Parliament House is an architectural and cultural marvel.

Parliament Drive, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2600
Old Bus Depot Markets

The Old Bus Depot Markets are held in a warehouse that once sheltered buses and now welcome vendors of all sorts. You'll find crafts, foodstuffs, and more though the diverse people that make up that Canberra community are the real stars of the show. There's always something new to learn about the markets and another reason to visit. You and the whole family are invited to come check it out, whether to admire the attraction or shop till you drop.

21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, ACT, Australia, 2602
Sportex: Interactive Sports Exhibition

When you take a tour at the Australian Institute of Sport (A.I.S.), where many elite athletes train, you get to immerse yourself in the Sportex exhibition. Sportex lets you interact with equipment and technology currently being used by Australia's athletes. You can test your skills at wheelchair basketball and virtual rowing or golf, while paying tribute to some of Australia's greatest sporting heroes including cricketers Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh and rugby footballer David Campese. A visit to Sportex is included in the A.I.S. tour organized by the sports authority.

Leverrier Street, Sports Visitors Center, Bruce, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2617
The Bird Walk

Did you ever wonder what was really at the end of a rainbow? Well, a visit here may well answer your question. This 1,000 square meter aviary is home to a wide range of colorful Australian birds with well over 100 parrots and approximately 80 finches. With nine meters of height between the landscaped grounds and the nets above, the colors swish and swoop before your very eyes. This is a wonderful place for children or to study your favorite feathered friends close up. Call for details on admission.

Federation Square, Gold Creek Village, Barton Highway, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2913
Kambah Pool

Relax in the spectacular rock pools of Kambah Pool on the Murrumbidgee River. The Murrumbidgee River also offers sandy beaches, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, and toilets. Kambah Pool offers a nudist area, located in a secluded area along a track beyond the main rock pools. There are walking tracks along the river. The walk to Pine Island is easy to moderate, and follows the river for eight kilometers. Halfway between Kambah Pool and Pine Island is the Red Rocks Gorge area. The brown, red and gray colors in this dramatic formation are caused by oxidization of the iron rich rocks.

Kambah Pool Road, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2900
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

If you have always wanted to visit the moon (or Mars or Pluto), it is now as easy as getting in the car! The many entertaining and interactive exhibitions at the Canberra Space Centre include seeing what astronauts eat, checking your weight on the Moon, or watching a film in the miniature theater. This station is one of only three of its kind in the world and communicates with interplanetary spacecraft. Several radio antennas circle the complex, each one as large as the surrounding hills and just as impressive.

421 Discovery Drive, Off Paddys River, Cotter and Tidbinbilla Roads, Tidbinbilla, ACT, Australia, 2620
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