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Australia’s capital city Canberra and home to Parliament House, the Australian Capital Territory is enclaved within New South Wales.

If you haven’t visited the nation’s capital in a while, you’d better get planning for a trip – and what better way to explore the city than housesitting and living like a local!

Here’s a few of the things you should do while you’re there. (Source: Herald Sun)

National Arboretum

The National Arboretum Canberra is the national capital’s most popular new attraction. More than 500,000 local and international visitors have visited the 250ha garden, which has risen from the ashes of a pine forest destroyed during the 2003 bushfires, in the first 12 months after opening last year.

The hilltop estate, which offers views across Canberra from the cafe in the Village Centre, is still young with the majority of the rare and symbolic trees collected from around the world still only saplings.

Four Winds Vineyard

The Canberra District Wine Region – 33 wineries and a 35-minute drive from the heart of the city – is home to classic cool-climate wines with Four Winds Vineyard opening the district’s newest cellar door on the edge of the Lunney family’s Murrumbateman estate.

The cellar door, featuring furniture made from old picking bins and wine barrels, opens on weekends and public holidays for visitors to sample the vineyard’s award-winning wine while snacking on homemade pizza fresh from the wood-fire oven.

Old Parliament House

Don’t let the "old" in Old Parliament House put you off. The building that once accommodated Australia’s politicians and now home to the dynamic Museum of Australian Democracy, always offers something new with weekend high tea just one delightful event on a seasonal calendar.

Family action packs send children on a hunt through the gardens, the Zine Lounge gives teens space to work on a project or just chill, Jelly Days invites professionals to make Old Parliament House an office for the day, and the temporary Happy and Glorious exhibition marks the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s 1954 visit.

Australian War Memorial

The memorial commemorates every conflict the Australian military has participated in with the opening of Afghanistan: the Australian Story. The exhibit has contemporary audio-visual displays telling the tale of our troops’ recent war-time experience.

New Action

In a city of delightful neighbourhoods, New Acton has become the place to wine and dine in Canberra with the inner-city enclave boasting some of the city’s best new restaurants, bars and cafes as well as other leisure-time offerings like a day spa, cinema and art gallery.

A. Baker is a must for breakfast and transforms from bakery and cafe during the day to restaurant and wine bar at night; Mocan & Green Grout is a celebrated coffee destination; Parlour Wine Room offers food and wine late into the evening; Bicicletta serves easy Italian cuisine; and the lobby bar and restaurant at Hotel Hotel is a cosy retreat.