A veritable paradise for the culture-hungry tourist, Canberra is a small city with numerous museums and galleries, monuments and archives. Although the arts and history of this purpose-built capital is one of the main attractions, it is also home to plenty of natural beauty and outdoor activities, such as lavish gardens and nature reserves, bushwalking and cycling. If you would prefer a bit of excitement, Canberra also offers rugby matches, waterparks and a vibrant nightlife. Since this locale provides something for everyone, it is no surprise to find that tourists flock to it. Because of this, it is important to plan ahead in order to find the best price on flights.
Best time to go to Canberra
From December to January the city sees its peak season. These months are pleasant in terms of climate, but are packed with both locals and tourists taking part in the Christmas and New Years celebrations. Unless you book well in advance, this is a difficult time to find cheap flights to Canberra.
While most tourists are gearing up for the holidays, the adventurous visitor will take advantage of the pleasant climate and the inexpensive flights to Canberra from September through November. Although tourists are few during this period, it is still a great time to go, as you will be able to stroll round Lake Burley Griffin or explore the National Gallery in peace.
Flights are at their cheapest and crowds are at their thinnest between March and May. This is a great time to enjoy one of the many local events, such as the National Folk or the Celebrate Canberra festivals, or simply bask in the beautifully calm climate while hiking through Mount Majura or Mount Taylor.
Canberra Airport and transfer information
Canberra Airport (CBR)
Distance: 9.5km east of city centre
Hired and rented cars, taxis and buses are all available from this airport. It takes between 10 and 15 minutes to arrive with a car or taxi, but these options can be a bit pricey for the budget traveller. Buses can take up to 25 minutes, but are much cheaper.
Online resources for your travel to Canberra
The Canberra Airport website provides details on flights, ground transport, and in-airport services.
The Bureau of Meteorology offers a seven-day forecast and weather warnings.