ACT Parliament House Canberra Travel Guide

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Travel Guide

How to Live Work and Play in the ACT


The Australian Capital Territory is home to Canberra, the capital of Australia. I have visited Canberra a number of times. First when I was a kid on a primary school excursion. Then a number of times since. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen it change and grow over the years.

The Australian Capital Territory is found in New South Wales and is the only land-locked Australian state or territory. The ACT was founded on 12 March 1913 and is home to Australia’s Parliament. When you visit the ACT, definitely visit Parliament House standing high on Capital Hill. There is plenty more to see and do when visiting the ACT. When planning your Canberra visit include the ‘old’ Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, Australian Institute of Sport and Mount Ainslie Lookout. As well as museums and wineries. Find inspiration in my ACT and Canberra travel guides following. But first, some facts about the Australian Capital Territory.  


Canberra, ACT Facts:


  • Canberra is the capital of Australia and is found in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
  • Founded 12 March 1913.
  • Home of Australia’s Parliament.
  • Canberra is often referred to as the ‘Nation’s Capital’ or the ‘Bush Capital’.
  • Canberra means ‘Meeting Place’.
  • Around 400,000 people live in Canberra. A resident of Canberra is known as a ‘Canberran’.
  • There are around 140 wineries – my kinda place!
  • Plenty of museums to visit, more than 20. My favourite is the Australian War Memorial.
  • Canberra was designed by American architect Walter Burley Griffin after he won a competition from 137 entries to design Canberra.
  • Lake Burley Griffin is named after him.

Where is Canberra and the ACT?


Best Places to Visit in the ACT

  • Parliament House
  • Old Parliament House
  • Australian War Memorial
  • National Library
  • Questacon
  • National Museum
  • Mount Ainslie Lookout
  • Canberra Mint
  • National Film and Sound Archive
  • Canberra Museum and Gallery
  • Canberra Centre
  • Cockington Green Miniature English Village

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Parliament House in Canberra from War Museum.
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