With a glorious blend of landscapes, national attractions, architecture and hidden suburban gems, there sure is plenty to be snap-happy about in Canberra. Whether you’re an avid photographer, or out to capture wonderful holiday memories (and perhaps make your friends and family a little envious of your visit), we’ve compiled a shortlist of Canberra’s most grammable icons for you to get started. How many can you tick off?
1. National Botanic Gardens
Think green, mossy paths, fern canopies, eerie mist, wildflowers and native wildlife. The perfect recipe for a gram amongst nature.
2. Kingston Foreshore
Canberra’s urban waterside precinct. Not only is this an ideal viewpoint for photographing Lake Burley Griffin, but you’ll also be spoilt for choice with delicious eateries and vibrant nightlife.
3. Nishi Building Grand Stair
Made from thousands of horizontally arranged pieces of reclaimed timber, this is one of the many unique features the New Acton Precinct has to offer Instagrammers. It’s not uncommon to spot a fashion editorial or newly married couple having a shoot at the base of these incredible stairs.
4. James Turrell’s Skyspace
No trip to the National Gallery of Australia would be complete without a stop at James Turrell’s ‘Within Without’ Skyspace installation. Surrounded by a moat of turquoise water, this domed chamber bathes viewers in vivid colour at dawn and dusk.
5. Australian War Memorial
Stepping through the front entrance of this historic building, your attention is immediately captured by the Commemorative Courtyard. This world-class monument is one of Canberra’s most geo-tagged locations.
6. Lake Burley Griffin
With a shoreline of 40.5km, you can take your pick of angles to capture a summer sunrise or sunset at this much-loved landmark.
7. National Arboretum
This spot surrounds visitors with panoramic views of Canberra, stunning architecture and the natural beauty of trees from Australia and around the world. Head here in March for the best view of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular.
8. Gibraltar Falls
This cascading waterfall is a staple location of any Canberra local’s Instagram and a great spot for cooling down on a hot summer’s day. Pack your camera, swimmers and a picnic for after the hike.
9. Mount Stromlo Observatory
The burnt shell of the observatory left behind from the 2003 Canberra bushfires is a hot-spot for local photographers. Located at the top of one of Canberra’s peaks, it also has incredible views over the city and the Brindabella Mountains.
10. Lonsdale Street, Braddon
If latte art, acai bowls and street art is more your aesthetic, then Lonsdale Street is your go-to location. This former industrial area is Canberra’s answer to inner city Melbourne and is teaming with trendy cafes and innovative food, as well as ample people-watching (and dog-watching) opportunities.
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Photos: VisitCanberra, Rina Tms, Tyron Boorman