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Canberra Surrounds ACT

Map of the Australian Capital Territory: Maps of the ACT.

In the Surrounds of Canberra, there is much on offer for the visitor. More than seventy percent bushland, you can explore many of the interesting places to visit within a day’s drive.

Here you can find vineyards, Murrumbidgee River, the Canberra Space Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Namadgi National Park and more.

Mount Stromlo Observatory

Part of the ACT landscape since 1942 and set in the Mount Stromlo pine forest, there are clear views of the skies. You can visit the observatory, listen to astronomers describe the work they do here and view the large telescope.

Along Cotter Drive
Phone +(061) 6125 0232

Namadgi National Park

Namadgi National Park, covering some 1.6 million hectares of alpine region in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, has a diverse range of natural environments. Located close to the city of Canberra.

Further reading about the National Parks of the ACT:

ACT National Parks


Murrumbidgee River

At Casuarina Sands, the Murrumbidgee River meets the Cotter River. There are places to canoe and fish here, the scenery alone is worth the drive. Nearby is the Lanyon Homestead as is Sidney Nolan Gallery, with its famed Ned Kelly series of paintings.

Lanyon Homestead
Tharwa Drive
Phone +(061) 02 6235 5677

Canberra Deep Space Complex

Part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, the Canberra Deep Space Complex plays a key role to help in man’s understanding of space. It helps communicate with robotic spacecraft throughout the solar system, including receiving the latest images from Mars and is the largest antenna complex found in the southern hemisphere. Open daily from 9am to 5pm.

Phone +(061) 2 6201 7880.

ACT National Parks

Kosciuszko National Park

Located in the Snowy Mountains just to the west of the ACT, this park has the highest mountains in Australia. In winter, there are snowfields and ski resorts that cater for skiing, snowboarding and just about everything else to do with snow, while the rest of the year you can enjoy the alpine splendour. The highest parts of the park can be explored only during the warmer months, but there are plenty of walks and exploring to do anytime of the year. See more about the Alpine Snowfields of NSW.

Australia National Parks Map

See more about the National Parks and Reserves in Australia and the National Parks Map.

Greater Canberra

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