The story of Canberra shines bright at new National Capital Exhibition

  • The new National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point shines brightly once more
  • The works represent the first full renovation and renewal of the displays since 2000
  • Digital technology and interactive activities will ensure visitors can investigate the fascinating people and grand visions in the story of Canberra

Locals and visitors are set to experience exciting new digital and interactive activities, with the new National Capital Exhibition shining bright once again at Regatta Point, the historic viewing point that witnessed the construction of Canberra.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja, who officially opened the new National Capital Exhibition, said the Exhibition tells the story of Australia’s capital city for more than 50 years.

“The location’s original platform was used as a viewing point to watch the development of Lake Burley Griffin from 1962, with the display on the design and development of Canberra on site for 55 years. In 1963 it hosted a visit by Queen Elizabeth II on her Royal Tour of Australia during Canberra’s golden jubilee year,” Senator Seselja said.

“As Canberra continues to develop and change, so will the Exhibition. Its location offers visitors the opportunity to see and experience the great sites Canberra has to offer, from Lake Burley Griffin and the Captain Cook Memorial Jet, to the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.”

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Sussan Ley said the new Exhibition encouraged appreciation and celebration of Canberra as the National Capital.

“The new exhibition’s innovative design, enhancements to its digital technology and the interactive activities, will provide every visitor the ability to investigate the fascinating people and grand visions in the story of Canberra,” Ms Ley said.

“So much growth has been witnessed from this important location, and this exhibition will ensure Australians continue to be informed and educated on the history and importance of the National Capital.”

Works for the renewal of the exhibition were managed by the National Capital Authority and undertaken by Studio Mether Design, and Projex Building Group. The National Capital Exhibition is now open to the public, with more information at