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Canberra

Canberra

Canberra is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, located in the Australian Capital Territory state, a three hour drive south-west of Sydney and seven hours from Melbourne. Visitors who travel to Canberra are not only drawn to the region because its the national capital city, but also for the national attractions housing the heritage, history and journey making Australia what it is today.

In 1908, Canberra was selected as Australia’s capital as a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne and is one of the world’s few planned cities where Walter Burley Griffin, a 20th century American architect, won an international competition to design the city – true fact! Life is less busy within the city centre and suburbs, where people travel at a moderate pace. Peak honour traffic lasts only 15-20 minutes but still gives the locals something to grumble about. The city centre is filled with urban architecture, vibrant restaurants, stylish cafes and bars, boutique accommodation and enormous national structures. It’s quite fascinating.

It’s the perfect getaway, with activities and attractions the whole family will love – including Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre where all ages are challenged by the world of science. Nature walks and cycling trails are found throughout the region. Playgrounds and parks around the city are only short distances from key accommodation hubs.

In the winter months, Canberra is the main gateway to the Snowy Mountains for a skiing getaway in the alpines of Australia. During this time you can’t miss out on Truffle Hunting season that runs from June to September. It’s a world-class event where experts will demonstrate the in’s and out’s of a successful truffle hunt!



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN CANBERRA




Australian War Memorial AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

A place of remembrance and reflection to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australian’s who lost their lives in war and those who lived on to share their stories and experiences. A world-class museum and memorial, showcasing Australia’s journey to where they are today.

National Gallery of Australia NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA

The national art museum of Australia, home to over 150,000 works of art. Located in the heart of Canberra, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Be immersed among world-class exhibitions, admire prestigious pieces and explore some amazing spaces within the building structure itself. Great day out for all.

Mount Ainslie Lookout MOUNT AINSLIE LOOKOUT
 

Venture to Mount Ainslie Lookout for a spectacular view of the city. Accessible by car, but for the more energetic there are walking and cycle tracks that weave through native terrain with birds and wildlife. Enjoy the impressive scenery at the top and if you can, time your visit for an amazing sunset or sunrise view.

Australian Parliament House AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT HOUSE
 

This is where all the action happens within parliament. It’s an essential part of any visit to Canberra. The building itself is designed to last 100 years and is a very impressive structure. Entry is free and it’ll give you an insight to Australian history

Old Bus Depot Markets OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS
 
Every Sunday, the Old Bus Depot Markets are filled with hand crafted goodies and homemade specialities, food stalls, jewellery junkies and gift ideas for all your family and friends back home. Open from 10am-4pm, located in an old industrial building in Kingston only a short drive from Parliament House.
Truffle Farm THE TRUFFLE FARM
 

Where the fun happens for a wintery experience, where specialised truffle hunting dogs scope 3000 trees within the farm for this ‘black magic’. The team at Truffle Farm will educate you on why they’re such a worldwide delicacy and the art to preparing them for decadent dishes. Runs from June to September.

Hot Air Balloon Experience at Sunrise HOT AIR BALLOON EXPERIENCE AT SUNRISE

Reach for the sky while floating above the picturesque city of Canberra in a hot air balloon at sunrise. It’s a breath-taking 45-60 minute experience to enjoy with a loved one to celebrate a special occasion. The tour concludes with a glass of champagne and a personalised flight certificate to celebrate your tour.
Australian Institute of Sport AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

Go behind the scenes of the AIS Campus on an award-winning AIS Tour. During our 90 minute guided tour, visitors might catch some of Australia’s top athlete’s in training as they walk through the world-class facilities including the AIS Arena, gymnastics centre, volleyball hall, strength and conditioning gym and the high performance testing and training pool. Visitors can challenge themselves, their friends and family in the newly renovated and revamped Sportex, one of Australia’s leading interactive sports exhibits, set amongst a unique collection of Australian sporting memorabilia.

National Museum of Australia NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
 

This is an extraordinary place to explore the stunning architecture, contemporary spaces while you journey through the history, celebrations and tribulations of Australia and its people come alive. From Aboriginal history, to the days of the gold mining, interactive exhibits and treasures from all shapes and forms. Must-do tours include the First Australian’s Tour, Museum Highlight Tour and the Ultimate Museum Experience.

First Australias Tour FIRST AUSTRALIANS TOUR
 

The First Australians Tour, takes you through the history and insights of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cultures, spiritual connections to the country. Immerse yourself in the interactive and sensory displays in the First Australians gallery Welcome Space and indigenous collections

3inFun 3INFUN
 

The best way to explore and experience three of Canberra’s hottest attractions. Visit the Australian Institute of Sport; the sports and training institution, committed to the national standard of sports science. Explore miniature handcrafted buildings at Cockington Green Gardens. Be fascinated with more than 200 interactive exhibitions at Questacon-The National Science and Technology Centre. This pass gives you three times the excitement and 3 times the fun!




CANBERRA ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and resorts in Canberra.
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QT Canberra
Canberra Central
QT CANBERRA
★★★★
The chic and funky brand - QT Hotel and Resorts has landed in Canberra offering 205 designer guest rooms, business savvy mod cons, free WiFi, divine dining experiences and a mouth-watering beverage menu at the Capitol Bar & Grill, QT Lounge and Lucky’s Speakeasy cocktail bar. It’s the perfect hotel to combine with an art gallery exhibition, or a shortbreak getaway.
Mantra MacArthur Hotel
Canberra Central
MANTRA MACARTHUR
★★★★
One of Canberra’s newest hotels, Mantra Macarthur is positioned just on the outskirts of Canberra CBD, a short distance from Parliament House, the War Memorial and National Gallery. Shopping precincts are literally around the corner. Offering Studio, One and Two Bedroom Suites suitable for a shortbreak getaway or a longstay adventure in the nation’s capital.
Knightsbridge Canberra
Canberra Central
KNIGHTSBRIDGE CANBERRA
★★★★half star
Knightsbridge Canberra is the Australian capital’s newest provider of luxury accommodation, offering well-appointed rooms, and fully furnished one, two and three bedroom apartments, offering the comforts of home. An easy walk to nearby eateries and boutique retailers within the areas of Kingston and Manuka, and a short drive to all local attractions within Canberra.
Novotel Canberra
Canberra Central
NOVOTEL CANBERRA
★★★★half star
Novotel Canberra offers 4.5-star accommodation in the heart of the city, centrally located close to Canberra’s retail, entertainment, business and restaurant districts. With the concept of health and wellbeing in mind this hotel offers healthy meal options, in-room yoga with mats provided, recently renovated indoor swimming pool, gym, spa and sauna.





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