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  •   Canberra - Free

•   Parliament House
There are free tours of Australias most expensive building, Parliament House, when Parliament is not sitting. If Parliament is in session, you can view proceedings from the public gallery.

•   Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial honours the victims of all wars. Also housed here is the largest war museum in the world, with over 4 million items. Admission is free, but a donation is appreciated.

•   Mt Ainslie Lookout
Mt Ainslie Lookout provides great views over the parliamentary triangle (the area bounded by City Hill, Capital Hill and Russell Hill) and the city. From the summit, an interpretive walking trail leads through Remembrance Nature Park to the Australian War Memorial.

•   Diplomatic Missions
To see another side of Canberra, take a drive around the suburb of Yarralumla to see the diplomatic missions. Many countries have established their mission in buildings architecturally based on those in their homeland. The countries are also colourfully represented in the International Flag Display on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

•   High Court of Australia
You can visit the High Court of Australia, which lies in the parliamentary triangle. In the Great Hall there is an educational display, and the three courtrooms are accessible to the public. If court is sitting, the public may view proceedings from the public gallery.

•   Old Parliament House Rose Garden
Visit the rose garden at the Old Parliament House, a beautiful part of Canberra, especially between October and April, when the roses are in full bloom.

•   National Capital Exhibition and Lake Burley Griffin
The National Capital Exhibition on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin at Regatta Point provides a fascinating account of the design and development of Canberra. Entry and tours are free. It is also an excellent place to see the Captain Cook Memorial Jet and the National Carillon in the lake. A walk (or cycle) round the lake is an excellent way to appreciate one of Canberra's finest assets.

•   National Museum of Australia
This eclectic museum is housed on the Acton Peninsula in a unique and colourful building. It is the first museum devoted to the stories of Australia and Australians, and contains such items as Phar Lap's heart and the carcass of a Tasmanian Tiger. General admission to the museum is free.

•   Australian National Botanic Gardens
The Australian National Botanic Gardens at Black Mountain have the largest collection of native plants in the country. The rainforest gully features rainforest habitats from the length of the east coast of Australia.

•   Floriade
In September Canberra celebrates spring with Floriade, a 30-day floral festival. The city comes alive with colourful blooms, with a planting area of over 10,000 square metres and over one million bulbs and annuals. There are various free events including concerts throughout the festival.

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