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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“The National Museum of Australia, in the national capital Canberra, preserves and interprets Australia's social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped the nation. It was formally established by the National Museum of Australia Act 1980. The museum did not have a permanent home until 11 March 2001, when a purpose-built museum building was officially opened. The museum profiles 50,000 years of Indigenous heritage, settlement since 1788 and key events including Federation and the Sydney 2000 Olympics. The museum holds the world's largest collection of Aboriginal bark paintings and stone tools, the heart of champion racehorse Phar Lap and the Holden prototype No. 1 car. The museum also develops and travels exhibitions on subjects ranging from bushrangers to surf lifesaving. The National Museum of Australia Press publishes a wide range of books, catalogs and journals. The museum's Research Centre takes a cross-disciplinary approach to history, ensuring the museum is a lively forum for ideas and debate about Australia's past, present and future. The museum's innovative use of new technologies has been central to its growing international reputation in outreach programming, particularly with regional communities. From 2003 to 2008, the museum hosted a Talkback Classroom, a student political forum. The museum is located on Acton Peninsula in the suburb of Acton, next to the Australian National University. The peninsula on Lake Burley Griffin was previously the home of the Royal Canberra Hospital, which was demolished in tragic circumstances on 13 July 1997.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Park
“It's about remembering the 2003 fires and learning about how things grow. Fab views of Canberra. There's also a magic cork forest .. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Lake
“Walk, run or ride a segway around this picturesque lake to take in the local sights. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“13 minutes driving from our flat to the parliament house. Free entrance for visitors. Under 2 hours free parking on weekdays. 3 minutes walking to the old parliament house. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“The Parliament of Australia officially the Federal Parliament also known as the Commonwealth Parliament ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Turkish Restaurant
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“The best kebabs and turkish in Canberra. Seriously, you have not had a kebab this good. The HSPs are loaded too.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Good play equipment for kids, nice walk around a different part of the lake”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wood fired pizza's are my favorite. This place has yummy Italian food and open most of the days. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Fabulous to wander through and gain an understanding of how our parliament works ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Located on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin it is great place for families or couple to have a nice meal or a drink or two. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bistro
“May be not as fabulous as you would expect but a good place to have a drink - often music on Sunday arvos - sailing lessons and lake cruises - bistro food ”
  • 1 local recommends
Establishment
“Lake Burley Griffin is an artificial lake smack-dab in the centre of Canberra, created in the 1960s. Many of the city’s best-known landmarks are either on the shores of the lake or easily visible from it, and a cruise on the lake is a wonderful way to see the city in a new light and in a tranquil, beautiful setting. There are several cruises available, offering options such as meals, and guides whose fascinating insight into the history of the city will make the experience even more meaningful.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
“Sunday brunch here is a must, great food and coffee! Excellent for those who have just finished a lap of cycling around the lake.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
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  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“Royal Canberra Golf Club is regarded as one of Australia's best inland courses.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Turkish Restaurant
“The best kebabs and turkish in Canberra. Seriously, you have not had a kebab this good. The HSPs are loaded too.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wood fired pizza's are my favorite. This place has yummy Italian food and open most of the days. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin it is great place for families or couple to have a nice meal or a drink or two. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great Fish and Chips on the lake, take a picnic rug and enjoy the view of Black Mountain Tower over the lake.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
“Where you can get a satisfying bacon and egg roll and eat it while looking out all the way to Mount Ainslie and the Australian War Memorial.”
  • 1 local recommends

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