Our Local Attractions

We are 25 km (30 minutes) to the centre of Canberra, and all of our national capital’s major tourist attractions.

Parliament House – see our system of
government in action, and enjoy a guided
tour of this magnificent building.

Parliament House (1024x768)

War Memorial. Courtesy Tourism ACT (1024x678)

The Australian War Memorial – honour our fallen men and women from the various wars; and soak up the history on display at the Memorial.

Photo courtesy of Tourism ACT

Lake Burley Griffin and Fountain - have some family fun around the lake. 


Photo courtesy of Tourism ACT

Lake Burley Griffin  and fountain. Courtesy Tourism ACT (1011x1024)

City views. Courtesy Tourism ACT

City Panorama – savour the
beauty and colour of our city

Photo courtesy of Tourism ACT


Other places of interest include...

  • The National Gallery of Australia
  • Questacon
  • The Royal Australian Mint
  • National Museum of Australia
  • The High Court of Australia
  • The National Portrait Gallery
  • The National Library of Australia
  • The National Zoo and Aquarium
  • The National Arboretum
  • The National Carillon
  • CSIRO Discovery)
  • Telstra Tower and Black Mountain
  • Gold Creek Village
  • Cockington Green Gardens
  • The Australian Institute of Sport
  • Royal Canberra Golf Course
  • The Australian Reptile Centre
  • Canberra Casino
  • The Australian National Botanic Gardens
  • Canberra Wine District
  • Canberra Deep Space Centre
  • The National Dinosaur Museum


And some more detail for planning your time away with us...

Locally, shops, restaurants, and clubs are close by – a 3-minute drive or 30 minute walk to either Calwell or Isabella Plains shops, or a short drive to Lanyon shops. A 10 minute drive (5 km) puts you in the Tuggeranong Town Centre and Hyperdome Shopping Centre, which offers a full range of shops; restaurants; movie cinemas; clubs; Irish pub; banks, business and government services; churches; golf club; swimming pool and gym centre; fitness club; a skate park; walking trails around Lake Tuggeranong; tenpin bowling alley; and a sporting and basketball centre. Also close by is the Erindale Centre, offering shops, restaurants, clubs, and a swimming pool.

We are close to bush-walking trails on Tuggeranong Hill (a woodland mountain reserve), and you have easy access to the Canberra network of walking, jogging and cycling paths. A small park is a 5 minute walk away, and it has a playground for children. Playing fields are a 30 minute walk away (3 minute drive) - ideal for fitness activities or golf practice. A bus stop connecting you to the entire Canberra bus network is a 5 minute walk from the guest house.

Local tourist attractions include:

  • Lanyon Homestead (7 km, 10 minute drive). Open 10.00am – 4.00pm Tues – Sun and most public holidays. Ph: 6235 5677.
  • The Murrumbidgee River Corridor, which provides numerous barbecue, swimming, picnic, fishing, canoeing, camping, cycling, walking and playground areas (including Pine Island Reserve, Point Hut Park and Picnic Area, Cotter Dam and surrounds, Angle Crossing, Casuarina Sands, Tharwa Bridge Recreation Area, and Kambah Pool and Red Rocks Gorge) (15 to 30 minutes’ drive to the various areas).
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, with barbecue and picnic areas, bush walking, bird-watching, cycling, guided tours, mountain bike riding, nature discovery playground, and viewing of wildlife including kangaroos, emus, reptiles, etc. - 30 km, 30 minute drive. Opens 9:00 am (AEST); closes 4:30 pm (AEST). Summer: Week days - Opens 9.00 am (AEDT) Closes 5.00 pm (AEDT) Summer: Weekends, public holidays and school holidays - open 8.30 am (AEDT only) closes 6.30 pm (AEDT only) Phone: (02) 6205 1233. Located off Paddy's River Road, via Cotter Road (Weston Creek) or Point Hut Crossing (Gordon).
  • The Canberra Deep Space Centre, Tidbinbilla (35 km, 35 minute drive). Open 7 days per week, 9.00am – 5.00pm (6.00pm during daylight saving). Ph: 6201 7880. www.cdscc.nasa.gov
  • Tharwa Village (10km, 15 minutes’ drive.)
  • Cool-climate wineries - visit www.canberrawines.com.au .
  • Googong Dam (swimming, lookouts, walking tracks, bird watching, fishing, barbecues, canoeing, boating and sailing, trout fishing) (10 km south of Queanbeyan and approximately 30 minutes drive from The Silk Tree Guest House.
  • Namadgi National Park (birdwatching, bushwalking, camping, cycling, fishing, four wheel driving, guided tours, horse riding, rock climbing, and swimming) (15km, 20 minute drive, to the Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre, then various drives to all areas of the park.) The information centre is open 9.00am – 4.00pm Mon – Fri, and 9.00am – 4.30pm weekends. Ph: 6207 2900.