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The action in Australia's political and national capital is centred around Parliament House, reflected spectacularly at night in Lake Burley Griffin. This city is not solely about politics; it is surrounded in national parks that you can hike, bike or ride; and some of the nation's best art exhibitions pass through its galleries. On weekends, poke around its markets and graze some of the area's best produce.