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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Each day at 4.55pm AEST, you can absorb the powerful and sombre Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. Each ceremony honours one of the 62,000 who gave their lives in service. You are also welcome to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Magnificent collection full of interest and variety. Go for the Aboriginal artwork, Asian collection and sculpture garden by the lake.”
  • 55 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Museum Of Australia tells the stories of Australia's social history. It's unique and distinctive land, nation and people through exhibitions, events, education resources, technology and collections of art and artefacts.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful gardens, great views. Shame about the Cafe. Still, well worth a visit! ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Mountain
“A great spot to see all of Canberra. You can walk up from the back of the War Memorial (bring water and a hat) or drive up. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great place to take the whole family to learn and have a fun hands on experience about science”
  • 45 locals recommend
Zoo
“The zoo is privately own and has a great range of animals and animal encounters (we did the cheetah one which was fantastic). The aquarium is a hit too and so is the updated playground! You can bring your own food in and use the BBQ areas.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“A personal favourite. Step into an Australia gone by in the fantastic political setting of Old Parliament House.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Lake
“We would highly recommend going for a stroll around the lake. Lots of great scenery!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“13 minutes driving from our flat to the parliament house. Free entrance for visitors. Under 2 hours free parking on weekdays. 3 minutes walking to the old parliament house. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“City center has everything you need including retail outlets, supermarkets, cinema, cafe & restaurants.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“The only place in Canberra where you can view the 3 important places all in one line: Old Parliment, New Parliment and the Australian War Memorial. Night views are just breathtaking! A great place for gathering or relaxing, or view sunrise/sunset.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“NPGA is a must see cultural Institution whilst your in Canberra. Its free to attend and is amazing”
  • 27 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Like many large malls, this is getting very tired with mostly chain fast fashion shops and coffee outlets. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Kingston's Landmark Sunday market inside an industrial former bus depot, with food, apparel, music, arts & crafts.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The main mall in Canberra also has a great outdoor shopping precinct that includes cafes, clubs and gyms.”
  • 29 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Centre
“City center has everything you need including retail outlets, supermarkets, cinema, cafe & restaurants.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Asian fusion place down near Canberra centre. Stays open longer than most. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great bar style food and drinks. Open till midnight most nights, later on the weekend. Sport on the big screen. Beautiful views outside. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Monster Bar has become the poster child of Canberra ‘cool’. The main dining area is worth a visit. The menu is mostly share plates of local produce. Try to get a table near the fireplace. Reservations highly recommended”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“If you love drinking beer it's highly recommended. No preservative, no headaches, nice and fresh. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“This is one of the best burger places in Canberra. We recommend tre Brod Chicken!”
  • 22 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Fine dining at Griffith shops. Very exclusive and bookings required. I've only been here once many years ago but if you want to spoil yourself this might be the place. One of the smartest restaurants in Canberra.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Bottom of Marcus Clarke St, New Acton (Look for the Modern Man sculpture out the front – you’ll know it when you see it) Crowded, quirky and friendly. Mostly local produce. *Our favourites: Porridge or the Ricotta & Honey Toast 7 am Monday to Saturday, 8 am on Sundays. Dinner from 6pm Tuesday – Saturday. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

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