A people friendly, model city surrounded by rich wine regions, National Parks and reminders of Australia’s colonial beginnings, Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory showcases Australian culture. See institutions unique to the ACT; the National Film and Sound Archive, both old and new Parliament Houses; perfect for a Canberra family holiday in Australian Capital Territory to explore some of the best Museums and Art Galleries in the country as well as the awesome Australian War Memorial.
In the early 1900s, Melbourne and Sydney vied to be the national capital city of Australia and conflict, was resolved when the concept of a model, planned city, situated in rural Canberra, situated between the two was conceived in 1908. The plans of architect Burley Griffin set the ACT in the rural landscape of the Black Mountains with Art Deco style apartments and shops to accommodate the huge staff and members of the Old Parliament, Maintained in perfect condition, the original Canberra has continued to grow and friends and lovers on a romantic honeymoon in the Australian Capital Territory or a family holiday can browse arcades and shop, take a boat ride on Lake Burley Griffin or take a guided tour of the Australian Parliament House.
At the magnificent Australian War Memorial Australia honours the ANZACs; the evocative artifacts , diorama’s and splendid displays on view and the Hall of the Unknown Soldier are the perfect way for parents on an ACT family holiday to create everlasting memories. Immerse yourself in the Canberra Museum and Art gallery during your family vacation or romantic break, see collections of great cultural and heritage significance and experience the National Film and Sound Archive, where contemporary film as well as new and indigenous films and Canberra after dark unveils a smattering of live entertainment venues, pubs and bars across the city, offering a great way to unwind after a day spent sightseeing during your ACT holiday.
Take a short self drive holiday to Australian Capital Territory’s wine region, specializing in cool climate varieties, some 33 wineries are located in close proximity to Canberra; a wonderful day trip during an ACT city break. At Murrumbateman the Moving Feast festival of specialty wines are matched with regional produce in a celebration of localwinemakers, varieties and styles of wine unique to the Canberra region have grown over some 160 years, ready to be enjoyed with table olives, oils and tapenades produced by the Homeleigh Grove.
Spend a romantic holiday based in the ACT following one of the tasting trails that wend their way in the region; in Murrumbidgee Valley the Hills of Halls trail serves tapas with wine, and cellar doors along the Terroir trail invite visitors to explore. Explore Poachers Way; where 25 artists, chefs, winemakers and galleries celebrate their crafts or the historic towns of Captains Flat, Goulburn, Braidwood, Bugendore, Yass and Young , all inspirational destinations near the Australian Capital Territory.
Clamber atop your equine companion for the day, and explore the region on horseback, or simply graze away an afternoon at an award winning restaurant. Passing small towns filled with nineteenth century architecture, rustic smokehouses, and day spas, this patch of the ACT offers a breath of fresh mountain air for those seeking an indulgent holiday.
In the South West region of the ACT, the Namadji Mountains are encircled by a National Park brimming with outdoor activities. Wander down the Yerrabi trail to take in views of the Bimberi wilderness, or choose the Square rock trail to feel the breeze move through forests of snow gum and alpine ash. Get outdoors during your Australian Capital Territory family holiday based in Canberra and gain a deeper understanding of the park by taking a tour with a Namadji ranger. Fire trails for mountain biking cut through sections of the bushland, while visitors can also explore on horseback. The more adventurous may choose to abseil some of the granite outcrops within the park. For a special experience on your vacation in Canberra, stay overnight at Pryor’s Hut; a basic shelter constructed in 1952 intended to protect those who worked in the Alpine Botanical gardens.
There are significant traces of indigenous history within the park, including fragments left behind by Ngunnwaal people camping during the last Ice Age. It is possible to view a number of rock painting sites, while sacred places of initiation and areas for hunting and gathering are also present within Namadji.
A holiday to the Australian Capital Territory provides a window into stories from the region’s colonial past. The Lanyon Homestead lies amidst sweeping garden at the base of the Brindabella ranges. The surrounding 80 hectares are listed as a Museum precinct, with some buildings dating back to the 1830s. Today, orchards and plants cultivated by the original owners of the homestead continue to be maintained, providing a scenic panorama for those enjoying a honeymoon in Canberra or romantic break.
The homestead stands as a time capsule, demonstrating the lifestyle and enterprise of pioneers attempting to establish early agricultural industries. Evidence of the work of convict labourers is also on display; forty such characters worked at Lanyon after being sentenced to serve time in the ACT. As an afternoon diversion during your ATC vacation, drop in to view works by artist Sidney Nolan which are showcased in a gallery a short distance from the homestead.
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