Australian Capital Territory
The nation’s capital, Australian Capital Territory, is the political home of the country. The city of Canberra boasts some of the best galleries and museums, while the rest of the state is the perfect place to enjoy native bushland and sightseeing.
Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial is one of the most popular landmarks to visit in Canberra. This impressive location commemorates Australia’s military history, from the service of the ANZACs in WWI and WWII, to present-day operations. The memorial comprises millions of items of significance. Permanent gallery spaces examine Australia’s involvement in each major conflict, and temporary exhibitions explore various other aspects of our military history.
Parliament House is the heart of Australia’s democracy. Visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look into the politics of the nation, with guided tours that include witnessing the poiliticians in action during question time. Specialised tours focus on the architecture, the art and furniture collection, and the ‘Yeribee’ indigenous experiences of Parliament House. There are also exhibitions of significant works around specific themes. Exhibitions typically run for four months as a time and are free to enter.
National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery is the most acclaimed art gallery in Australia. The collection comprises almost 160,000 works of art, including the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and Australia’s most celebrated collection of modern international art, including art from Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Entry to the Gallery is free, with admission charged for some special exhibitions.
National Museum of Australia
The National Museum of Australia is a premium collection of exhibits showcasing the history and culture of Australia. The museum houses the National Historical Collection, comprising more than 210,000 objects of significance to the country. Check out the feature exhibitions happening when you visit – the museum attracts the best travelling collections and curations, with a focus on First Nations culture and Australia’s environmental history.
Australian Institute of Sport
The Australian Institute of sport is a high-performance sports training institution, where the best athletes in the country go to hone their skills and prepare for international competition. Established in 1981, the institute has been instrumental in building Australia’s reputation as a sporting nation on the world stage. Visitors can get active themselves at Sportex, an interactive sports exhibit set among a unique collection of Australian sporting memorabilia. Learn about the history of Australian sport and be inspired by amazing athletes.