ICONN 2016 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 7 - 11 February 2016 | National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia

Canberra activities

Why not extend your stay before or after the conference, and explore what Canberra has to offer?

Information on Canberra's many attractions is available on the Visit Canberra Website, or refer to our list below of some of the most popular tourist attractions on offer.

Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial is a must-see museum. It has gallery exhibits, memorabilia, personal stories, combat displays, research facilities and a sculpture garden. It casts a personal light on the nature of war. The Memorial runs free daily public tours of the museum galleries and commemorative area.

Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is a horticultural heaven for plant and flower lovers. It is home to rock gardens, native plants, eucalyptus lawns and its own rainforest. You'll be stunned by this beautiful garden.

National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia holds some of the nation's most popular and important items including Phar Lap's heart and the Holden Prototype No.1, as well as many significant artefacts from Australia's Indigenous history.

Enjoy hands-on experiences for the young and the young-at-heart throughout the Museum.

Learn even more about Australia's stories, history and collections by taking a guided tour of the Museum's exhibitions and galleries.

The museum website contains useful information for planning your visit.

Parliament House

Parliament House is a constant crowd-pleaser with free guided tours that begin every thirty minutes. The building is an architectural wonder with outstanding landscaping that is complemented by white pillars. It's an impressive site to visit. There's an incredible collection of 4,000 works of art in these hallowed halls. When you've worked up an appetite, check out the terrific cafe.

You may also be interested in attending one of the Parliament House visitor events.

National Zoo and Aquarium

The National Zoo and Aquarium is the only combined zoo and aquarium in Australia, and has the requisite unusual animals from the Land Down Under plus their own collection of monkeys, cheetahs, "tigons" and exotic marine animals.

Lake Burley Griffin

Enjoy the tranquility of Lake Burley Griffin, an artificial lake in the centre of Canberra. Take a one-hour cruise to sail close to the Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet and hear the Carillon (bell tower), passing Aspen Island. Watch and learn about the swans, ducks and other flora and fauna around the lake.


Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre is an all ages attraction with over 200 interactive exhibits to explore. Each exhibit relates to science and technology and promotes a greater understanding and awareness within the community, making that experience fun, interactive and relevant.

Namadgi National Park

Just south from the city via the Tuggeranong Town Centre to Tharwa, lies the Namadgi National Park with remote wilderness experiences, a wide range of natural environments, an abundance of native wildlife, and Aboriginal and European cultural sites.

Visitors can set off on the Settlers Track, a nine kilometre track in southern Namadgi, to gain an insight into the early settlers of the area. The walking track passes many historic sites including huts and homesteads, fences and yards. Walking tracks and single tracks are for walkers only.

Recreation in Namadgi includes walking and hiking, mountain biking and horse riding on approved trails, car-based camping in designated campgrounds at Honeysuckle Creek, Orroral Valley and Mount Clear.

For more information, please call Namadgi Visitor Centre on (02) 6207 2900 or visit the Namadgi National Park web page.

Mount Ainslie Lookout

Looking from Mt Ainslie is the best way to take in Canberra's magnificent setting and design features. From this amazing viewpoint standing above the Australian War Memorial, you can see all the national institutions in the Parliamentary Triangle, understand their relationship to each other and experience a great perspective of National Capital.