welcome to CANBERRA

If you are arriving early into Canberra, or plan to stay on after the conference, here is a list of some suggested activities/tours to do in the region.

The small-yet-mighty capital of Canberra is a city that punches far above its weight. The well-known museums and galleries are just the beginning. Dig a little deeper to find bustling brewpubs, hidden gems, quiet nature and family-friendly attractions.


The Australian War Memorial is one of Canberra's top attractions, commemorating the Australian men and women who have sacrificed their life serving the nation, as well as those who continue to serve today. Explore the Commemorative Courtyard where you’ll find a peaceful setting featuring the Pool of Reflection, the Eternal Flame and 26 sandstone sculptures representing Australia’s people and animals. Surrounding the courtyard you’ll see the Roll of Honour inscribed with more than 102,000 names of those who have died serving since 1885 and decorated with bright red poppies from visitors paying their respects.


From its beautiful setting on the Acton Peninsula, the National Museum of Australia is the place to learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about Australia’s past, present and future. Home to an incredible array of artefacts, the museum is great for all ages, offering interactive ways for younger visitors to get involved. Take a walk through the Garden of Australian Dreams, a symbolic outdoor area comprising water features, lighting effects and creative landscaping to explore place and country, or join one of the guided tours for a deeper insight into this brilliant museum.


Located near the Parliament buildings on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, Questacon is the National Science and Technology Centre. While it may have been created with kids in mind, it’s a place where everyone can come and experience the weird, wonderful and wacky world of science and technology. There is a vast array of interactive exhibits and demonstrations designed to pique and satisfy your curiosity. Conduct a science experiment in the Q Lab, explore the red landscape of Mars, get up close to more 10,000 buzzing worker bees and watch explosive experiments take place in Questacon’s unmissable Spectacular Science Show.


Canberra is one of the only places in the world where you can board a hot air balloon and float right over a capital city. Be sure to look out to the rolling mountains to sprawling valleys as you see it all from the bird’s eye point of view. Taking off at Dawn you rise above Canberra’s unique city design which slowly unfolds beneath you. Experience the peace and tranquility of lighter than air flight over one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Gently descend back down to earth and celebrate your adventure with a glass of bubbly. 

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of Australian animals living in diverse sub-alpine habitats including wetlands, grasslands, wet and dry forests and woodlands. These habitats support a wide range of wildlife including, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, platypus, potoroos, bandicoots, wallaroos, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds as well as many other birds and reptiles.

The Reserve is open from 7:30am to 6:00pm (Non-Daylight Savings Time/Winter) every day.

National Arboretum Canberra

The National Arboretum Canberra is a mosaic of living forests and gardens offering breath taking views, unique experiences, and a world-class entertainment and events hub including the award-winning Margaret Whitlam Pavilion and the popular Village Centre.

With over 44,000 rare and endangered trees across a 250-hectare site, the Arboretum is a place of beauty, conservation, science research, education, tourism and recreation. 

For more things to see and do in Canberra please check out the VISIT CANBERRA WEBSITE.

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