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Lake Burley Griffin The Washington DC of Australia

A trip to Washington DC in the States showcases the Washington Monument, the US Capitol Building and some awe-inspiring museums, but in Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin gives a similar ‘capital’ experience. Here you’ll find Parliament House, the national museum and art gallery and the Australian War Memorial, just for starters.

Top attractions

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This science centre will educate, inform and entertain science geeks of all ages. Many of the displays are interactive and great fun.

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National Library of Australia

You’ll need a full day to do this place justice. It’s a beautiful building with plenty to see and do for the literary-minded.

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High Court Building

This important building has some amazing architecture and is best experienced with a guide. Don’t break the law here, whatever you do!

The lake

Lake Burley Griffin is large, lovely and manmade. Walkers and cyclist circle it regularly, and you can row, sail, kayak, fish or try stand-up paddle-boarding out on the water. It boasts 40 kilometres of shoreline and has lots of attractive picnic spots which get a good workout when the weather turns warm.

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