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Seven Canberra attractions to enjoy on Canberra Day
Canberra Day is held every year on the second Monday in March to celebrate the official naming of Canberra, which took place in 1913. It's a day celebrating our wonderful Bush Capital, with Commonwealth Park hosting an exciting program of live music and entertainment each year.
What's more, it's also the day for you and your family and friends to visit (whether for the first time or again) our many significant landmarks and popular tourist attractions. Here are seven popular Canberra landmarks that make Canberra such a unique place to live in and are well worth a visit on Canberra Day.
1. Telstra Tower
Canberra's most iconic landmark stands almost 200 metres above the summit of Black Mountain. Officially opened in 1980, the telecommunication tower is a very popular tourist destination.
There's a café with outstanding views, an indoor observation deck, two outdoor viewing platforms, and the Telstra Heritage Exhibition which traces the history of Australian telecommunications.
Telstra Tower is open from 9.00am to 9.00pm every day of the year. Admission charges apply with adults $7.50, pensioners $3.00 and children 4-16 years $3.00.
2. Questacon. Opened in 1988, Questacon is the award-winning National Science and Technology Centre which aims to promote a greater understanding and awareness of science and technology within the community. It was voted the best tourist attraction in Australia in 2016 and 2017.
Questacon is an absolutely FUN place for both kids and adults alike, where science and technology come alive. With hands-on exhibits, interactive displays, robots, sculptures, a science garden, a fun, interactive space for children aged 0-6, café, shop and so much more, Questacon is the place to visit on Canberra Day.
Questacon is located at King Edward Terrace, Canberra. Opening hours are 9.00am-5.00pm daily. Admission charges apply with adults $23, concession $17.50 and children aged 4-16 $17.50. To find out more about Questacon, go here.
3. Old Parliament House. Old Parliament House was the home of the Australian Federal Parliament and sixteen Prime Ministers between 1927 and 1988. Today it's now known as the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH).
MOADOPH is an experience steeped in Australian modern history, with decades of power, politics and passion echoing through its corridors. The museum offers an exciting program of exhibitions and engaging activities which explain how the building, its spaces and objects connect us with Australian democracy.
MOADOPH is located at 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9am-5pm. Admission charges apply with adults $2 and children $1 (children under 5 free). For more information about MOADOPH, go here.
4. Parliament House.
As the meeting place of the Parliament of Australia since 1988, Parliament House has been (and continues to be) the setting for some of the most significant, momentous events in our nation's history.
There's plenty to see and do at Parliament House, with many areas open to the public such as the Galleries, the Great Hall, the roof and the gardens. You can also shop for gifts at the Parliament Shop and enjoy a meal or high tea at the Queen's Terrace Café.
Parliament House is open to visitors every day of the year except for Christmas Day. The building is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm during non-sitting weeks. To find out more, go here.
5. National Museum of Australia.
The National Museum of Australia brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and events with a special focus on Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement and our interaction with the environment.
With its outstanding collections, current exhibitions, Kspace for kids, café, gift shop, and so much more, the National Museum is the best place to learn more about our country, our histories, and about who we are.
The National Museum is located at Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula. Open daily (except for Christmas Day) from 9am–5pm. Admission is free, but special exhibitions charge admission prices. For more information, go here.
6. National Gallery of Australia.
The National Gallery of Australia is one of the largest art museums in Australia, holding an outstanding collection of Indigenous, Australian, and international artworks, as well as hosting world-class blockbuster exhibitions such as the current Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate exhibition.
There's also an outdoor sculpture garden, fern garden, Skyspace structure created by James Turrell, children's space, gift shop, café, and street café.
The National Gallery of Australia is located at Parkes Place,Parkes. Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 10.00am-5pm. Admission is free but special exhibitions entry costs may apply. For more information, go here.
7. Lake Burley Griffin.
Lake Burley Griffin is the centrepiece of our Bush Capital. Exactly as the artificial lake's architect American Walter Burley Griffin had planned it to be way back in 1912 when he won an international competition to design the new capital city.
There's no better way to celebrate Canberra Day than by enjoying it at 'our' Lake! Here are ten reasons for you to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin.