Canberra Nature Park

Canberra is known for its universities, cultural events and world-famous landmarks. Visitors may tour the national gallery or enjoy fantastic views from Telstra Tower. Australia's capital also offers a number of lesser-known spots and attractions, from small festivals to off-the-beaten-track districts:

1. You can rent a bicycle and ride the Central Basin Loop. This scenic route runs along the shores of a man-made lake. It passes by an impressive sculpture that celebrates the country's native population.

2. Hot air balloons provide another pleasant way to admire Canberra's scenery and learn more about the city. Several companies include snacks and champagne with each flight, according to Australian Geographic. Balloon adventures usually last about 40 minutes.

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3. After returning to the ground, think about attending one or more local events. Fashfest occurs at the National Convention Centre in May. This festival offers nightly fashion shows, music and parties.

4. If you visit the Australian Capital Territory in February, don't miss the National Multicultural Festival. It features a great variety of entertainment. Participants also savour delicious Greek, Chinese and South American cuisine.

5. You needn't attend a festival to find top-notch Asian meals in Canberra. Be sure to visit the city's Chinatown district for eateries with excellent Laotian, Thai, Chinese and Malaysian menu items.

6. Asian cuisine can easily make you thirsty; visit the nearby Mount Majura Vineyard after lunch. It produces several appealing varieties of wine. They include riesling, graciano and tempranillo. This vineyard also offers a blend that combines graciano with shiraz.

7. The Rugby Union Club serves an assortment of wine, beer and snacks. Guests can pay a small fee to watch rugby games and receive beverage discounts, according to the local visitors' centre.

8. If you enjoy shopping and want to find some interesting merchandise, don't forget to browse Canberra's Gorman House Markets. You'll discover a wide range of used paperbacks, antiques, clothing and other goods. The market features local food vendors as well.

9. For a more peaceful experience, tour the Jerrabomberra Wetlands at Canberra Nature Park. You can take a pleasant stroll, see several species of aquatic birds and appreciate the lakeside scenery.

10. The John Knight Memorial Park on Aikman Drive appeals to travelers young and old. It features a walking path, playground, picnic area and boating facilities. Boaters can paddle canoes or go sailing on Lake Ginninderra. Visitors enjoy scenic views as well.

Although Canberra is a major city, it provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Vacationers also savour a tremendous variety of shopping, dining and cultural experiences. When you visit Australia's capital, take the time to explore all that it has to offer.

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