Roughly 45% of ACT is made up of the Namadgi National Park. There are plenty of walking trails around Canberra, and some beautiful barbecue areas where you can stop along your journey.
The Murrumbridge River runs from south east to north west and offers some great swimming spots. These include the Black Mountain, Casuarina Sands, Cotter Dam, Gibraltar Falls, Kambah Pool Reserve, Point Hill Crossing, Pine Island and Uriarra Crossing. About 30km north of Canberra is Bywong, a replica of an old mining town and settlement.
Canberra War Museum is a fantastic place to visit if Australian history is something that fascinates you. Dedicated to fallen soldiers, the museum displays stories, artefacts, equipment from wars of the past. And just 30km south of the Canberra War Museum is the Lanyon Homestead, where the buildings and landscape truly take you back in time. Enjoy a guided tour of the homestead and marvel at the great natural beauty of the landscape. If the arts is something that you are interested in, a collection of artwork by Sidney Nolan is housed at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, and is well worth a look.
In addition, there are several picturesque towns around Canberra and ACT which are worth visiting en route, including Braidwood, Bungendore, Gold Creek, Queanbeyan and Tharwa.