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Where is Canberra?

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. It is situated inland between the cities of Sydney and Melbourne, within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) which is surrounded by New South Wales (NSW).

It is picturesquely, and conveniently nestled alongside Australia’s highest alpine mountains and the South East Coast of New South Wales, which means it’s the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the broader region

Aerial view of National Arboretum Canberra
Credit – John Gollings

Why should I visit Canberra?

Not only is Canberra the national capital city and the administrative centre of the Australian government, it is the home of the Australian story.

Canberra is a place that belongs to all Australians; a diverse, innovative and modern city that houses the stories of Australia.

A visit to Canberra gives both overseas and Australian visitors an opportunity to understand the journey of Australia, and to reflect on where the nation is headed.

What can I expect in Canberra?

One good thing after another. Whether it’s the world class national attractions or the bustling events calendar, Canberra has plenty to offer visitors of all ages.

Couple this with a thriving food and wine scene and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors (we’re called the bush capital for a reason), you’ll see that Canberra is a city full of surprises.

What’s even better is that everything you’re after is just moments away in this compact and well-connected capital city.

Eat & Drink

A paradise for foodies, Canberra offers a truly eclectic mix of dining styles, cuisines and experiences. With award-winning restaurants, vineyards and baristas, plus legendary dishes, people have been known to come to Canberra just for the delicious fare on offer. Tempt your tastebuds at stylish restaurants, bars and cafes or spend the day sampling award-winning cool climate wines at one of more than 30 boutique cellar doors in the Canberra region.

The Aboriginal Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia
Credit – NGA

See & Do

For solo travellers, couples, families and groups, Canberra has something to appeal to the curious, adventurous, foodie or explorer within us all.

As home to the Australian National Collection, you can explore significant culture, art and history throughout our museums, galleries and archives. You can discover embassies, landmarks, markets, shopping, food and wine. Then throw in some recreational activities spanning our lakes or bustling precincts, or explore fresh, natural surrounds including Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Corin Forest.

Events breathe even more life into this cool little capital. Not only does Canberra put on some of the nation’s biggest festivals and blockbuster exhibitions, we also have a thriving community calendar of colour, entertainment and family-friendly activities. Our events offer something for all interests, including art, food and wine, performance, music, markets and sport.

Our four distinct seasons bring opportunities to create events to suit the climate – with glorious Floriade in spring, the Truffle Festival in winter, the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival in autumn and the power of Summernats in summer. That’s just a taste – start searching our event calendar to find what’s on in Canberra.

Stay

No matter where you want to lay your hat in Canberra, our accommodation options offer great variety – from luxury hotels and self-contained apartments to hostels, camping sites, rural properties, or perhaps a room right next to some welcoming zoo animals – we’ve got the lot. You’ll find heritage-listed, boutique, eco chic options, as well as major chains, caravan parks and charming B&Bs.

The advantage of Canberra is the convenience of our public transport and roads. You’ll be able to step out from your accommodation and drive, cycle or catch a bus to check out all the national capital has to offer.

Vibe Hotel Canberra is the official accommodation partner of DESIGN Canberra. Visitors can access a discounted accommodation rate for the duration of the festival (6-12 November 2017). Click here to book (login: TH9104663).

Two people on push bikes overlooking Canberra
Credit – Visit Canberra

Getting Around Canberra

Whether you prefer public transport, driving, cycling, walking or gliding on the water, it’s easy to get around Canberra.

Driving is one of the best ways to see Canberra. With plenty of parking, no tollways and very little congestion, you’ll find driving in Canberra a breeze. Either bring your own or hire a car when you get here.

You can get pretty much anywhere with Canberra’s public transport options. Transport Canberra operates ACTION Buses, a convenient and cost-effective way for visitors to get around Canberra. You can also take advantage of Canberra’s taxi cabs and ride-sharing services.

You can travel to some of Canberra’s most iconic attractions aboard ACTION’s Tourist Loop service. Operating seven days a week, routes 81/981 take passengers to the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australian War Memorial, National Arboretum, National Museum of Australia, National Zoo & Aquarium and Parliament House, just to name a few.

Choose your own adventure, or take a tour and learn more about Australia’s capital with the help of a knowledgeable guide.

Additional Links 

Canberra Visitor Guide App: Your Official Travel Guide

Canberra on TripAdvisor

Visit Canberra Instagram

Murrays Canberra Coach Service

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