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National Capital Attractions Association

National Capital Exhibition

Open: 9am to 5pm weekdays, 10am to 4pm weekends (closed public holidays except Australia Day and Canberra Day)

Address: Barrine Drive, Commonwealth Park, Parkes

Phone: (02) 6272 2902



Admission: free

 The National Capital Exhibition tells the story of Canberra, Australia’s National Capital. Through interactive displays, the Exhibition illustrates Canberra’s vital role as a symbol of Federation. It features the people, events, history and design which contributed to the development of this unique, modern, fully planned city.

  • Discover why Canberra was selected to be Australia’s national capital and the other towns which were considered.
  • Explore Walter Burley Griffin’s prize winning design for Canberra.
  • Experience the Canberra Sound and Light Show with its scale model of central Canberra.
  • Hear the story of Canberra presented in seven different languages.
  • Enjoy one of the best lakeside views of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet and the Parliamentary Triangle.
  • Realise our national capital belongs to all Australians!

To plan your visit explore the National Capital Exhibition online virtual tour. Group tour bookings are essential on (02) 6272 2902 or online at