Canberra: Culture and Arts

Australia's Bustling Capital

Canberra is full of places to visit on days off. The National Gallery of Australia and other national monuments have ever-changing exhibitions and there is plenty to keep children occupied that won't break the bank, like the National Zoo and Aquarium or the National Dinosaur Museum. The city knows how to have fun, and hosts a range of events and festivals throughout the year. Kicking off in January, more than 100,000 car enthusiasts pour into the city for the annual Summernats festival. The month ends with a big Australia Day festival, including the announcement of the Australian of the Year and a huge pop concert on the lawns of Parliament House. Every year there's a huge Canberra birthday event with food, wine and great entertainment in the park. The annual Skyfire event sees the night sky above Lake Burley Griffin lit up as one of the biggest choreographed fireworks shows in Australia. Autumn (April) in Canberra sees the skies come to life with dozens of dancing hot air balloons and folk musicians provide the music at the National Folk Festival. Canberra marks the arrival of spring with the annual Floriade in the lakeside Commonwealth Park. This month-long flower festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors.