Soak up Australia's history, culture and character in the many museums and galleries. Contrast Australia's political past with our modern democratic government at Old Parliament House and Parliament House. See Australia through the eyes of our artists at the National Gallery of Australia and celebrate Australia's proud sporting achievements at the Australian Institute of Sport. When you've finished with the national attractions, get into the great outdoors. Walk or cycle the lake, parklands and native bushland surrounds. This planned, modern city sits amidst green open space and wears the decorations of four distinct seasons, from golden autumn leaves to glorious spring blooms. Beneath the foliage lie great restaurants, nightlife and a non-stop calendar of festivals and events.

 South Coast

Walk pearly white beaches and see dolphins frolic in the sparkling waters of Jervis Bay. Spot whales from Eden on the Sapphire Coast, see native and exotic animals at Mogo Zoo and explore the wildlife haven of Montague Island, near Narooma. Kayak through the Kangaroo Valley and cruise down the pristine Clyde River in Bateman's Bay. Taste oysters in Merimbula and award-winning cheeses in Bega. Bushwalk past freshwater lakes and magnificent beaches in Bournda National Park and through the undisturbed wilderness of Wadbilliga National Park. The South Coast has 30 national parks, marine parks and reserves, as well as gorgeous beaches and rich Aboriginal history for you to explore.

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