For anyone who tells you Canberra isn’t an awesome place, remind them it was listed as Lonely Planet’s Top 3 City in 2018, the only Australian city on the list. Not only do we have good food, bars and national attractions but there’s a number of beautiful, natural and man-made locations around the place that can tick all the boxes for the ‘gram.
James Turrell Skyspace
The National Gallery of Australia has enough Instagram worthy shots throughout, but the best is located just outside. James Turrell’s ‘Within Without’ is a permanent installation at the gallery. Featuring earthy tones and blush pink walls, the turquoise water provides a pleasant contrast. This is the perfect place for light lovers, architect fans and fashion bloggers alike.
Location: Parkes Place East, Parkes
Mt Stromlo Observatory
A must for anyone who loves worn out, old, rustic feeling buildings, the Mt Stromlo Observatory is part of the Australian National University’s Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Due to the Canberra Firestorm in 2003, there’s one building in particular that constantly catches the eye of those looking for the perfect photograph – the burnt out observatory. Featuring a delightful mix of washed out whites and greys against the rusty telescope gears it also provides a look out to Canberra’s iconic skyline.
Location: Cotter Rd, Weston Creek
If whimsical waterfall shots and slightly out of town adventures are your thing, head to Gibraltar falls about 50km outside of Canberra. This is the perfect city escape, overlooking Namadgi National Park, rock laden scenery and for the warmer months, a natural infinity pool.
Location: Corin Rd, Paddys River
Offering up the classic postcard view of Canberra, Mt Ainslie is the perfect place for locals and tourists alike to capture all that Canberra has to offer. Head up to the summit either by the walking trails or driving at any time of day for a picture perfect shot of the city.
Location: Mount Ainslie Drive, Ainslie
Boasting an abundance of walking trails to explore a variety of diverse and rare tree and plant species, an architecturally stunning visitors centre and delicious restaurant, the National Arboretum has many rolling landscapes to get you some really cool photos. Notable spots to look out for are one of Canberra’s favourite lookouts, Dairy Farmers Hill and the ‘Wide Brown Land’ sculpture, inspired straight from Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country.
Location: Forest Dr, Molonglo Valley
Lake Burley Griffin
Canberra’s centrepiece features many of the city’s best known landmarks visible from its shores. Perfect for sunrises, sunsets, autumn strolls and hot air balloons, as well as home to national events like Floriade and Enlighten, there’s something for everyone.
Location: Lake Burley Griffin, Acton
Written by Alannah Andreini