There are so many things to see in Canberra. They include political, cultural and recreational attractions with a bit of leisure tourism.
Choose one or several, depending on your time and interests and go ahead, visit and enjoy a nice break.
Here is what to do if you are in the capital of Australia for one day, two days or three days.
If you are there for just one day visit the Parliamentary Triangle. You will get close to the political stuff. If you start early in the morning, you can throw in a cultural visit too.
The Parliamentary Triangle (click Canberra map to see the triangle) with its apex on the Capital Hill includes the two parliament houses that face each other and many other important institutions:
That's a lot for just one day, so choose and pick what interests you. Start with the New Parliament House. If you are there on a weekday, you may be able to see policy in the making.
If it is a weekend, then walk along the corridors, see documents and portraits and admire the grand entrance hall.
Then move on to the National Gallery. It is a must.
Continue your visit with the museums. If you haven't seen the National Portrait Gallery, go back to the Parliamentary area and have a look.
When you are there and if you are travelling with your kids, take them to Questacon, on King Edward Terrace. This is the National Science and Technology Centre.
Just what the teacher ordered for your children. They'll get involved with physics and environment. Lots of fun and learning.
There is an admission fee, and the experience is really worth it.
Another significant attraction in Canberra is the Australian War Memorial on the Anzac Parade. It is the world's largest war museum.
A cultural institution worth some good hours of visit is the National Museum of Australia. It has great collections and exhibitions that will offer you more information about this country and its people.
The building itself is a daring piece of architecture, all modern and colourful.
Once your thirst for culture has been quenched, take a breath of fresh air. It is time to do a bit of leisure tourism.
Head to the mountains and visit the Canberra Deep Space Communication Centre. It is a combination of recreation and knowledge. Good for your health and good for your brains.
On the way back stop at Casuarina Sands on the Murrumbidgee River, for a swim if it's summer or just a stroll and a barbeque if it's winter.