The Australian Capital Territory is the capital territory of Australia and lies enclaved within the state of New South Wales.
Canberra, the capital city, is the tourist destination within the state as it is the seat of the Australian Government. Here, travellers can find the Parliament House, High Court and a variety of other government agencies providing a unique insight into the history of the country.
Canberra also hosts the nation’s most significant historical institutions such as the Australian War Memorial, Institute of Sport, Australian National University, National Library and the National Museum. This is one of the world’s few planned cities. Canals and small manmade lakes are interspersed throughout the city.
For tourists, the ACT is full of national history and offers an intriguing travel experience.
A great percentage of the Territory is preserved as parks and reserves providing an abundance of unspoiled natural surroundings.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is only 45 minutes outside Canberra and showcases the rich heritage of Indigenous and pioneer people. There are also exquisite varieties of wildflowers along the walking trails-perfect for the astute nature lover. Aboriginal shelters and rock art are easily seen along the walking paths. Camping, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed in designated areas.
Guests to this state can stay in charming Australian Capital Territory hotels, enjoy wine and gourmet meals, and purchase works from exceptional artisans. The historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore are in wine country where travellers can visit wonderful old churches, pubs, art and craft galleries and antique stores.