What to see nearby

Canberra offers a huge variety of institutions and attractions to explore. Within easy distance of the Gardens you'll find the CSIRO Discovery Centre, the stunning views and revolving restaurant of Telstra Tower and more.

  • CSIRO Discovery Centre

    Pop next door to continue your journey through Australia's scientific institutions at the CSIRO Discovery Centre - an interactive family attraction showcasing national science and technology achievements.

  • Black Mountain and Telstra tower

    Take a challenging bush walk up Black Mountain - in spring there are many types of orchids just waiting to be discovered. It's also a great location to spot an array of Canberra's birds.

    Rising 195 metres above the summit of Black Mountain, Telstra Tower presents 360 degree views of Canberra and the surrounding rural area. Facilities include enclosed and open viewing areas, cafe and a fine dining restaurant.

  • National zoo and aquarium

    Meet sharks, cheetahs, white lions, giraffe, tigers and more at the National Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo offers a range of 'zooventures' like hand-feeding animals or becoming a zoo keeper for a day!

  • National arboretum

    Overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, the national arboretum is a collection of rare, threatened and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. The patchwork quilt effect of the '100 Trees, 100 Forests' is a sight in itself - and each forest is designed to immerse visitors in a particular species. It is also home to the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia.

  • National Museum of Australia

    Explore Australia's story, take a look into the future and design your own. On the shores of Lake Burely Griffin, the museum has interactive experiences for all ages.