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This destination is called home by about 370,000 people.
If you're travelling with the entire family, outings to the Royal Australian Mint and the Cockington Green are guaranteed to make you popular. If that isn't enough to wear the young ones out, why not check out Big Splash Waterpark or the Canberra Merry-Go-Round as well?
A couple of animal snaps will certainly add some fun to your holiday album! Take the entire family to see, learn about and photograph the range of exciting wildlife at the National Zoo and Aquarium and the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Canberra Walk in Aviary is another great place which aims to teach visitors about the need to take care of our environment.
Wine buffs can spend days discovering this fertile region's scenic vineyards. A good range of tasty drops are waiting for you to try at the Kamberra Function Centre and the Mount Majura Vineyard. You can also stop and sample a glass of white or red at the Brindabella Hils Winery and the Wallaroo Wines, Hall.
This region takes its plant collecting seriously, so there are a variety of places where you can go and see botanic specimens from both regional and international environments. A wander through the well-kept gardens at the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Tulip Top Gardens is not to be missed. If you'd like to see more, the floral displays at the Floriade and the National Rose Gardens are also rather unique.
Take a break from your busy sightseeing itinerary and sprawl out on the cool grass at City Hill and Glebe Park. You can also sit back and watch the world pass by at King's Park and Commonwealth Park.
When it comes to really discovering a place, there's nothing like gleaning some local knowledge. Whatever you're hoping to find, the helpful staff at Canberra and Region Visitors Centre should be able to steer you in the right direction.
The combination of splendid views and shimmering water make Dalhousie Mound Springs and Lake Burley Griffin charming places to wind down at.
Is there anything more calming than feeling the salty breeze on your face and listening to the sounds of the ocean? Plan a day out at Waddy Point if you're in need of a bit of breathing time.
If you want to recharge your batteries, you'll discover a range of nature reserves to explore. Begin with a breath of fresh, clean air among the plants and animals at Mount Ainslie or Namadgi National Park. For those who haven't quite had their fix, Stromlo Forest Park and Booroomba Rocks Walk are two more worth visiting.
If you're looking for a couple of tranquil places to compose yourself and maybe even discover a thing or two, head to the National Gallery of Australia and the National Museum of Australia. Ask about guided tours or just study the exhibits at your own leisure. The Questacon and the Australian Institute of Sport are also leading options for museum enthusiasts.
Venture into a world of science innovation at Mount Stromblo Observatory. Ask about a tour or just let the gizmos and gadgets themselves do the talking. If you've ignited the science geek within, make the Questacon – National Science & Technology Centre your next trip. It's bound to keep your mind in gear.
Our big blue planet is home to an incredible variety of species. Get a good look at some of the world's more unusual beings with a visit to the National Dinosaur Museum.
With a striking medley of two and three-dimensional artworks, an afternoon spent discovering the collections at the Canberra Museum and Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery will leave you feeling inspired.
Unlock some of the secrets of the city's past at the National Capital Exhibition. Through stories, images and artefacts, the exhibition highlights the defining events and people that have made the area what it is today.
Time spent looking back on history is never a worthless exercise. Let the Australian War Memorial and Old Parliament House help you learn more about Canberra's past. If time isn't a problem, the Albert Hall and High Court of Australia should also be on your list.
Want to add a spiritual element to your escape? Take a look around the ACT Baha'i Centre and Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas. Canberra Baptist Church and the Canberra Mosque are also important pieces of Canberra's spiritual identity.
You'll probably feel like you've crossed everything off your list after seeing Canberra's most famous sights, but don't head home just yet. There are still lots of surprises left. Why not enjoy a bit more sightseeing at the National Library of Australia and the Australian Defence Force Academy? National Archives of Australia and Civic Square are two more options to consider.