The Political Heart, and a Rich Coastline

Head south from Sydney and you’ll discover a coastline rich in Aboriginal sites, historic settlements, fishing villages, great surf and unspoilt beaches.

The third-largest city in New South Wales, Wollongong boasts glorious natural surroundings, 17 unique patrolled surf beaches, a lighthouse, harbour and a growing reputation as a city that appreciates fine food and wine. It is also home to Australia’s largest regional gallery and a diverse culture, with the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere..

Delve into our nation’s history and explore the heart of political machinations. Parliament House is a fascinating place to visit, especially during sitting time, while Old Parliament House brims with quirky history lessons. The National Gallery of Australia is home to more than 10,000 pieces of art and an ever-changing array of exhibitions, while the Australian War Memorial will not fail to move you in its measured tribute to the human sacrifice of armed conflict.

One of the world's only planned cities with landscaped gardens and leafy suburbs, Canberra is a city surrounded by native bushland making it the perfect place to explore the great outdoors. Enjoy the parks and the delights of Lake Burley Griffin or head out of town to discover a stunning hinterland with historic towns, world-class wineries and the beautiful Snowy Mountains within easy reach.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Visit the War Memorial: Commemorate Australia's War dead at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  2. Visit the Australian Institute of Sport: This is where Australia’s sporting champions live and train, find out what it takes to become an elite athlete.
  3. Explore the National Art Gallery.
  4. Go Surfing in Wollongong: Catch your first wave or hone your skills at one of Australia’s most sought-after surf locations.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Canberra chapter in our online New South Wales brochure. Click here.

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