Wanderlust Wednesdays – Exploring Cities – Canberra

January 14, 2016 3 min read

To travel is to take a journey into yourself - Danny Kaye

Whether you're heading out for that dream vacation of yours, or just taking a weekend trip to your favorite nearby destination, it is always an amazing feeling! They say nothing liberates the soul better than travel; to immerse yourself completely in an unfamiliar destination and finding out little secrets about yourself or the place you are visiting is truly beautiful.

You don't always have to plan a fancy vacation to enjoy, sometimes even exploring that part of your city that you have never visited can bring some lovely surprises!

In this edition of Wanderlust Wednesdays at The Luggage Professionals, we explore Australia's Bush Capital, Canberra. Surrounded completely by forests and nature reserves, Australia's Capital City is quite beautiful and there is lots to do. The city offers a diverse mix of man-made and natural attractions along with a bustling food and bar scene that makes exploring this city a complete joy. Here are some of the best things to do when in Canberra:

Visit the Parliament House: Although this is what one would call a 'touristy' thing to do, it is well worth it. The Parliament house is a majestic architectural piece, with the roof offering some amazing views of the city along with just as beautiful interiors. Free guided tours are held at different times throughout the day, where guides will offer insights on the various historical features of the building.

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Lake Burley Griffin: Lake Burley Griffin is one of Canberra's most prominent landmarks, and rightly so! With a picturesque view of the city, it also offers numerous activities. You can go windsurfing, kayaking or yachting in the lake or cycle around its perimeter for a beautiful view.

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Visit Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre: Located on the southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin, this centre hosts more than 200 exhibits pertaining to science and technology. There are tons of activities that you can do there, from experiencing an earthquake to falling down a six-metre slide. A fun thing to do with the family!

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Enjoy the outdoors in Namadgi National Park: A mere 45 minute drive from Canberra, the Namadgi National Park has a lot to offer to the nature enthusiast. With a rich Aboriginal history and breathtaking views, this National Park is a complete delight. Enjoy nature on the multiple walking trails, go fishing and immerse yourself in history at the ancient aboriginal camping sites. You can also go mountain biking or take a four wheel drive on the various trails in the park.

Canberra Railway Museum: With a large collection of historic locomotives, the Canberra Railway Museum will be a delight for those who like to know more about our history. The railways were a staple way of travel in the old days and have helped Australia grow tremendously. The museum hosts Australia's first working train along with a comprehensive collection of trains of all kinds.

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Australian War Memorial: Pay homage to all the fallen heroes in this beautiful and iconic landmark. Situated at the bottom of ANZAC Parade, the war memorial offers a look into the vast history of Australia and how it came to be. Each war of the country has been detailed elaborately, with stories and photos documenting every detail. Out of all the features, the most magnificent one is the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier located in the memorial’s mosaic-lined and stained-glass-featured Hall of Memory.

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Mount Ainslie Lookout: With breathtaking views of the War Memorial, the Parliament house and the city, the trail leading to the Mount Ainslie lookout is just a few minutes drive from the War Memorial. Walk up to the lookout point and take tons of pictures for your experience!

That's about it!

What are your favorite things to do in Canberra?

Share them with us in the comments below.

Until then, Happy Travelling! :)


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