Tourist Attractions



artsACT develops and implements government policies on the arts, administers the ACT Arts Fund, manages the ACT Government public art program and oversees 13 ACT Government arts facilities.

Australian National Botanic Gardens

Federal Government

The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology.

Australian War Memorial

Federal Government

The Memorial is a unique Australian institution that combines a shrine, a world-class museum and an extensive archive. The website itself allows users to plan their visit, research their family history, consult the online Roll of Honour, Commemoration information and other related activities.

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

For over 40 years the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex has played a key role in the exploration of space as part of NASA's Deep Space Network. The Canberra Space Centre is located on the grounds of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, about 35kms southwest of the city of Canberra.

Canberra Glassworks


Tha Canberra Glassworks is a contemporary glass centre located in the historic Powerhouse building. It provides world-class infrastructure for the production of high quality and innovative glass art and is expected to become a significant cultural tourism attraction. Activities and facilities include regular tours, glassworking classes, a gallery and studio hire, cafe and shop.

Canberra Museum and Gallery

Canberra Museum and Gallery

CMAG serves a unique role as a place to experience the diverse history and contemporary culture of the Canberra region; and through this to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s dynamic culture in its global setting.

GIO Stadium Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Set amidst the native bush land of North Canberra and adjacent to the Australian Institute of Sport, GIO Stadium Canberra offers a range of entertainment and facilities in a venue that continues to make history through ACT, national and international sporting achievements.

Canberra Theatre Centre

Cultural Facilities Corporation

This website includes information about Canberra Theatre Centre, programs and seasons, as well as information about events ticketed by Canberra Ticketing and venue hirers. Here you can purchase tickets online through Canberra Ticketing Online for performances at the Canberra Theatre, the Playhouse, or the Courtyard Studio.

Experience the Capital

National Capital Authority

Information about Canberra's attractions of national significance, Lake Burley Griffin and surrounding parklands.

High Court of Australia

Federal Government

The High Court is the highest court in the Australian judicial system. It was established in 1901 by Section 71 of the Constitution. The functions of the High Court are to:

  • interpret and apply the law of Australia;
  • decide cases of special federal significance including challenges to the constitutional validity of laws; and 
  • to hear appeals, by special leave, from Federal, State and Territory courts.

Historic Churches in Canberra

Australian Capital Tourism

Find information about some of Canberra's historic churches.

Immigration Place

Immigration Bridge Australia

Celebrating the contribution of immigrants to Australia's past, present and future via the creation of a significant national monument located within Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle, close to the other landmark sites and buildings which speak of Australia's past and future. The monument will become a place for all Australians to meet and reflect on our immigrant past, as well as a beacon welcoming future immigrants to their new home.

National Arboretum

Territory and Municipal Services

The National Arboretum Canberra aims to become one of the great arboreta in the world; a place of outstanding natural beauty, community amenity and scientific value. The Arboretum contributes to the protection of tree species and tree diversity world-wide, as well as generating new research and understanding about how trees grow, survive and adapt.

National Archives of Australia

Federal Government

The National Archives hold important Commonwealth Government documents and records and make them available for present and future generations to use. Holdings include files, photographs, posters, maps architectural drawings, films, playscripts, musical scores and sound recordings.

National Capital Authority

National Capital Authority

The National Capital Authority (NCA) manages the Australian Government's interests in the planning, promotion, enhancement and maintenance of Canberra. The areas of National Land administered by the NCA include the Parliamentary Zone, Lake Burley Griffin and parts of the foreshore, Anzac Parade and Diplomatic Estates in Yarralumla, Deakin and O'Malley.

National Film and Sound Archive

Federal Government

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is the nation's living archive, collecting, preserving and sharing our rich audiovisual heritage. The collection includes films, television and radio programs, videos, audio tapes, records, compact discs, phonograph cylinders and wire recordings. It also encompasses documents and artefacts such as photographs, posters, lobby cards, publicity items, scripts, costumes, props, memorabilia, oral histories, and vintage equipment.

National Gallery of Australia

Federal Government

The National Gallery of Australia's collections include more than 100,000 works of art across four main areas: Australian art, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art and International art. Works in the Gallery are part of Australia's national collection. They belong to the people of Australia and are preserved and presented for their enjoyment and education.

National Library of Australia

Federal Government

The National Library of Australia is the country's largest reference library. Its role is to ensure that documentary resources of national significance relating to Australia and the Australian people, as well as significant non-Australian library materials, are collected, preserved and made accessible either through the Library itself or through collaborative arrangements with other libraries and information providers. By offering a strong national focus and collaborating with others who share our goals, the Library contributes to the continuing vitality of Australia's culture and heritage.

National Museum of Australia

Federal Government

The National Museum of Australia explores the land, nation and people of Australia and celebrates Australian social history in a unique way by revealing the stories of ordinary and extraordinary Australians. The NMA researches Australian history, develops and maintains a national collection of historical material and creates exhibitions and programs that are accessible to all Australians.

National Portrait Gallery

Federal Government

The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra is a collection of portraits of the highest quality regardless of media.

National Zoo and Aquarium


A modern zoo with large, naturalistic enclosures located next to Lake Burley Griffin and overlooking Scrivener Dam, the National Zoo and Aquarium has a number of things to see and do. Visitors can see talks by zoo keepers, take tours and even feed some of the animals.

Old Parliament House

Federal Government

Old Parliament House made headlines for more than sixty years as home to Australia's Federal Parliament from 1927 to 1988. Today, this much-loved heritage building offers the visitor a unique glimpse into Australia's fascinating past and is also home to the National Portait Gallery.

Questacon: The National Science and Technology Centre

Federal Government

Questacon is committed to providing a fun, educational and interactive science and technology experience. Questacon has over 200 exhibits and approximately 300,000 people visit the Centre each year. Find information about planning a visit, take a virtual tour of Questacon and view educational materials from the exhibitions.

Royal Australian Mint

Federal Government

Since opening in 1965 the Mint has produced over eleven billion circulating coins and has the capacity to produce over two million coins per day, or over six hundred million coins per year. The website provides information on the mint including opeing hours, the minting processes and an online shop.


ACT Government

The ACT Office of Film, Television & Digital Media, ScreenACT, supports the growth of the local screen industry and provides assistance to visiting productions to help you find the right location and production support from our local industry.

Street Art

Territory and Municipal Services Directorate

Community Art is art that is generated, organised and produced by the community. It can take the form of painted murals in high profile places such as shopping centres, bus interchanges and underpasses. Community murals help to brighten and enrich public spaces and give people a sense of ownership, pride and commitment to their community. They also have the effect of making public places more attractive and less prone to vandalism.

Telstra Tower


Rising 195 metres above the summit of Black Mountain, Telstra Tower presents 360 degree views of Canberra and the surrounding rural area. Facilities include enclosed and open viewing areas, cafe and a fine dining restaurant.

Walking and driving tours of the National Capital

National Capital Authority

The National Capital Authority offers a range of guided and self-guided walking tours that reveal aspects of Canberra's history and heritage.

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