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The secret’s out — Canberra is one of the top city destinations in the world!

We’re so excited that Lonely Planet has ranked Canberra third in its top cities to visit in 2018. Lonely Planet has recognised what we here in Canberra have known for some time — Canberra is a world-class destination, bulging with cultural, gastronomic and outdoor attractions.

This award gives us an opportunity to share Canberra with even more people, both here and abroad. When you visit, you can’t afford to miss Cultural Canberra. What other city offers such a smorgasbord of art and culture in world-class cultural institutions — like here at the National Museum of Australia?

Aerial view of the National Museum of Australia on Acton Peninsular, Lake Burley Griffin. View of Black Mountain and Telstra Tower in the distance.
Aerial view of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Photo: George Serras, National Museum of Australia

History, politics, literature and leading Australian contemporary, Indigenous and historic art, are all on offer at cultural centres across the city.

We can’t wait to welcome even more visitors through our doors to share with them the extraordinary story of Australia’s Indigenous First Peoples — acclaimed as the oldest living culture in the world — alongside the country’s rich colonial history and its cultural diversity.

Three artists standing in front of an artwork
Artists (from left) Ngamaru Bidu, Kumpaya Girgirba and Ngalangka Nola Taylor with Yarrkalpa (Hunting Ground) at Martumili Art Studio, Parnngurr. Photo: Gabe Sullivan, Martumili Artists

Our current breakthrough exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters is making headlines of its own around the country. We hope the Lonely Planet commendation gives people even more reason to visit Canberra — and to take in this extraordinary exhibition while they are here.

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