Want to get the most out of your travel experience to Canberra? This city has many exciting things to offer, especially if you want to indulge your thrill for adventure.

Here are some must-do activities where you can enjoy in the parks and mountains that surround this beautiful city.

Lake Burley Griffin

Make sure you find long term parking for your Canberra rental car when you head to the city's centrepiece as you are sure to want to spend the day lapping up the sunshine and the atmosphere of the lake.

Whether you're looking for a chance to dip your toes into the water or try your luck with a new activity, there is sure to be something here to tickle your fancy.

Try rowing, sailing, kayaking, model boating or fishing. Otherwise, settle in to watch braver members of your family try dragon boating or wind surfing as you enjoy a home made picnic on the lake's edge.

Alternatively, you could take a cruise or hire a bike to travel along the lake and enjoy seeing the city from a whole new angle. 

National Arboretum in Canberra

An arboretum is a botanical garden devoted to trees, and the one in Canberra will not disappoint any tree or nature lover.Here you'll find an abundance of forests featuring endangered, rare and symbolic trees from the world over.

This arboretum features over 48,000 trees on its 250 hectare location, spread out over 94 forests.

It is located just over six kilometres from the city centre, at the western end of Lake Burley Griffin. 

Take a self-guided walking tour and breathe in the fresh air, taking in the spectacular views of the city landscape. Make sure you visit the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection while you are there, as these are not to be missed. 

When you've had your fill of natural wonders, pop into the Village Centre for a refreshing drink or bite to eat at the Sprout Cafe or Conservatory Restaurant. 

Canberra Nature Park

While the big smoke can be an adventure in and of itself, sometimes it is nice to get out into the country to escape the hustle and bustle.

Canberra Nature Park is the perfect spot for a quiet dawn or dusk walk. See how many of the 33 separate areas you can visit in one go! Here you can explore everything from bushland hills to lowland native grassland. These parks are connected throughout the city and cover a range of adjoining suburbs. 

It is also home to an endangered community of Yellow Box-Red Gum Grassy Woodland – one of the best examples of this left in Australia.

You may also be able to spot a number of threatened species, such as the hooded Robin, Button Wrinklewort or Striped Legless Lizard.

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is a must on your nature tour. All feral animals have been removed from the area so endangered native animals can thrive. These include bush stone curlews, bettongs and the New Hooland Mouse.