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5 ways to discover our capital

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Visit Canberra and discover the amazing treasures in and around Australia’s capital city.

Here are five of the best places to visit during your stay in Canberra.

Gibraltar Falls
At the edge of Gibraltar Creek Pine Forest is the secluded and beautiful Gibraltar Falls. They’re located about 45 minutes south west of Canberra, and these gorgeous falls are definitely worth the drive. They have a 50m drop, creating the perfect backdrop for a swim after a short walk from the car park.

Canberra Reptile Zoo
Australia’s biggest and deadliest reptiles are all found at the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Come face to face with colourful snakes and pythons, and you’ll see that some are indeed quite friendly. It’s also an educational experience, with a walk through the ‘Reptiles in Space and Time’ exhibition portraying fossils and the evolution of reptiles.

Rock climbing and abseiling the Snowy Mountains
If you’re feeling like a day out in the mountains, then rock climbing and abseiling around the Snowy Mountains is just the adventure for you. There are plenty of great sites to choose from and tour companies take you to them all. Climbing and abseiling Signature Rocks is fairly easy and popular with family groups. Or you may decide to abseil the overhang at Jindabyne Rock, which is a bit more technical.

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
For anyone interested in astronomy, the Canberra Space Centre is most likely to be one of the most exciting places you’ll ever visit. It’s a 45 minute drive from Canberra’s CBD and set amongst a backdrop of rolling hills in the Tidbinbilla Valley. Learn about historic and current space exploration projects, while also learning about the universe. You’ll also get to see the largest antenna in the Southern Hemisphere.

Australian War Memorial
The Memorial commemorates the sacrifice of Australian soldiers who have died at war. A visit to the Australian War Memorial is a sombre experience, but one that also opens up your eyes to the country’s history, and the men and women who helped shape it. You’ll also come to understand how war has shaped our society, while seeing many historically significant documents and artefacts.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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