Canberra is the capital city of Australia and it is more than a city that is just filled with civic servants. It is one of the most beautiful cities of Australia that is mostly ignored. It has many wonderful inland hills and the city is situated between the ski slopes of Brindabella National Park and the beaches on the East coast. There are many museums, galleries and theatres in this city all of which say something about the history of this city. Lush green parks fill this city with a plenty of colors and fresh air. Of all its countless beauties the most important ones that you must not miss are explained here.(image by pat.bluey)
National Portrait Gallery
This wonderful gallery is located on the King Edward Terrace, Parkes. The National Portrait Gallery displays as many as 400 portraits of the most important figures of Australian history. This is the most important gallery of Australia housing some of the most important national portrait collection of Australia. Many temporary exhibitions can be found in the vicinity of the National Portarait Gallery from time to time. You can also find cafes, some gift shops, function rooms, theatres and basement car parks.(image by .::Prad Patel::.)
The Royal Australian Mint is the place where the coins used by millions of Australians are minted. Here, you can find a collection of coins. The observation gallery at the Mint allows you to take a look at the coin production factory and Titan which is the world’s strongest robot. To know more about the coin production, you can go to the theatrette where a video will be shown which would explain about the coin production process. You can take a look at the rare and old coins in the National Coin Collection which is placed in a secure way in the vaults of this Mint. You can also mint your own $1 Australian coin or you can take a look at the Mint Coin shop for some gifts and mementos to start your own coin collection.(image by smjbk)
National Zoo and Aquarium
The National Zoo & Aquarium is a combination of a zoo and aquarium as the name suggests. It is owned by a privte firm and the only such zoo and aquarium in Australia. This 2 in 1 park attracts a lot of tourist. This place occupies an area of 7 hectares and is almost just 5 minutes from the center of Canberra city. There are many native and exotic animals in this zoo. It also houses the largest inland and saltwater tank in Australia and can entertain people of all age groups. You can casually stroll through the park and spend a day with your family here. Take a look at the animals here and snap some pictures. This is a wonderful picnic spot with interesting collection of animals.(image by Ryan Olliffe)
The lovely and historic side of Canberra can excite any tourist. But this is the most underrated tourist destinations of Australia although it has a lot of interesting places. The places that are mentioned here are just a few of them. There are many places to explore here. So pack your bags, plan your trip and explore Canberra.
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