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Canberra parks and gardens

Canberra is known as the bush capital, therefore it is no surprise that Canberra is home to some really stunning nature parks.

The Australian National Botanical Gardens is a perfect example. Filled with beautiful flora and native fauna year around, the botanical gardens is the perfect haven to relax for a picnic or stroll through its lush grounds.

If you wish to get out of the city, Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Reserve, which are part of the Australian Alps national parks, are great escapes. Filled with bushland, these parks are good for bushwalking, cycling or even to do a spot of 4WDing.

The parks are also steeped with ancient history where you can see evidence of human life from 21,000 years ago.

Another feature of Canberra is the man-made lake named after Canberra's designer, Lake Burley Griffin. The lake is an ideal place to fish, take out your boat or even join a lake cruise. You can also walk around its shore and see the Captain Cook Memorial Jet, a large jet spurting six tonnes of water into the air.

You can find more information about each of these nature reserves on this site.

  • Australian National Botanical Gardens - Whether you want to relax over a picnic or go walking through the park there is something to do for everyone. Take one of the garden's educational walks for free or explore the rainforest area and may other areas in the 50hectare sanctuary.

  • Namadgi National Park - Part of the Australian Alps national parks, Namadgi National Park covers an area of 105,900hectares, more than half the area of the Australian Capital Territory.

  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is made up from the Tidbinbilla mountain and Gibraltar ranges, and the Tidbinbilla Valley where there are plenty of slopes and forest areas.

  • Lake Burley Griffin - Lake Burley Griffin, named after the designer of Canberra city - Walter Burley Griffin, was constructed in 1963 and has a 35kilometre circumference.