We can assure you Canberra is not the destination you think it is. It is full of surprises. Some you will experience during the Symposium and others you can explore for yourself. Bring your partner and indeed bring your family.
Australia’s national capital boasts some of our country’s preeminent cultural, historic and arts institutions. Make the most of your stay in Canberra by visiting these national attractions. Each tells a story that is uniquely Australian!
The Australian War Memorial
Bringing together a world-class museum, a shrine and an extensive archive, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra is a moving and insightful experience for both young and old. Discover the diverse Australian experiences of war and connect with the stories of people and events that help shape Australia.
National Museum Australia
Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia, on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. The Museum’s stunning architecture provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people.
Take a guided tour or wander solo through the many galleries and exhibitions. Get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising and the inspirational objects from Australian history.
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
Free-fall down a six-metre slide, freeze your own shadow, experience an earthquake or challenge a robot to a game of air hockey. There’s something for everyone as you experience science in extraordinary ways at this Gold Australian Tourism Award Winning tourist attraction.
National Library of Australia
See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. Enjoy unparalleled access to Australia’s documentary heritage including books, serials, maps, newspapers, music and ephemera.
See the forest for the trees at the National Arboretum Canberra, with its 94 forests set across 250 acres featuring rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. It is also home to the National Bonsai Collection.
The café, restaurant and shop are housed in a superb architectural building and offers superb views down to Lake Burley Griffin and to the city centre.
High Court of Australia
See Australia’s constitutional court and highest court of appeal in the country all located within a stunning building on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in the Parliamentary Zone. Visit the court’s three courtrooms and see the impressive artworks depicting the development of Australia as a nation and its constitution. Sitting courts are open to the public. Tour guides are available.
Royal Australian Mint
Visit the Royal Australian Mint to learn the stories behind every Australian coin in your pocket, purse or piggy bank. View fascinating historical coins, see robots make tomorrow’s coins and strike a coin yourself!
CSIRO Discovery Centre
The CSIRO Discovery Centre is exciting, interactive and educational for people of all ages. Science is presented in an entertaining way to demystify it, and educate about the fascinating world of research and innovation. Take an interactive journey through CSIRO and Australian science history in an award-winning designed building with a sweeping glasshouse atrium and tropical indoor garden, bookshop and cafe
The National Carillon, located on Aspen Island, is a striking 50 metre tall architectural landmark. It houses an impressive musical instrument with 55 bronze bells, each weighing between seven kilograms and six tonnes. The Carillon was a gift of the British Government to the people of Australia in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Capital. The island location is the perfect place to enjoy one of the regular carillon recitals whilst enjoying a picnic.