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CanberraAustralia

Australia’s capital city is at the heart of Australian politics and where you’ll find some of the county’s best museums. 

Canberra is Australia’s political capital and the home of several national cultural institutions, many of which are free to enter. It was purpose built as the capital in the early 20th century. The circular layout was the idea of Chicago architects Walter and Marion Griffin, who won a competition run by the Australian Government to design the new city.

Canberra is easy to navigate, and you’ll find many of the city’s main attractions within walking distance of one another. When it’s too far to walk, take a bus, or taxi, as the fares are reasonably priced.

Tour the building where Australian politicians tackle the big issues. About 20 percent of Parliament House is open to the public, and you can even watch politicians in action from the public galleries. Learn about the history of Australia’s democracy at Old Parliament House. Take a guided tour of the classical-style building or visit the museum to learn about key events in the country’s political history.

Wander across Queen Victoria Terrace to the National Archives, where you can see the original copy of the Australian Constitution. Browse the shelves of the National Library to find rare maps and historic publications. Cross Lake Burley Griffin to visit the National Museum, home to artefacts from pre-colonial Aboriginal tribes, old furniture and weapons, as well as inventions, vehicles and artwork.

The National Gallery is the country’s largest art museum. It has famous indigenous paintings, sculptures from across Asia, and a host of works by Australian, American and European masters. Head to the Australian War Memorial and be moved by the sombre atmosphere. Explore the on-site museum to read about battles and see all kinds of military equipment.

There are plenty of attractions in Canberra aimed at families with young children, including Questacon, the national science centre. Kids will love the interactive exhibits and exciting demonstrations by staff. Check out the Royal Australian Mint to watch coins being made and even press one of your own.

At night head to the bars and restaurants in the city centre to sample wines from local vineyards and fresh produce from nearby farms.

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Where to stay in Canberra

Top hotels in Canberra

Deco Hotel
Deco Hotel
4 out of 5
214 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT
The price is AU$113 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in Braddon, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Centre and Australian National University. National Convention ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (636 reviews)

"Great new hotel. Nice friendly staff and highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov. 2020

Deco Hotel
Pavilion on Northbourne
Pavilion on Northbourne
4.5 out of 5
242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson, ACT
The price is AU$107 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in Dickson, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Centre and Australian National University. National Convention ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,909 reviews)

"Close to public transport and the city centre, the restaurant could have more options for food but that may come down to the current COVID situation"…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2020

Pavilion on Northbourne
Crowne Plaza Canberra
Crowne Plaza Canberra
4 out of 5
1 Binara Street, Canberra, ACT
The price is AU$110 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Located in Canberra City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Glebe Park and National Convention Centre. Canberra Centre and Commonwealth Park are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (957 reviews)

"The beds were very comfortable. Breakfast was overpriced and disgusting"…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2020

Crowne Plaza Canberra
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Canberra

Pacific Suites Canberra
Pacific Suites Canberra
4.5 out of 5
100 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT
The price is AU$188 per night from 27 Dec. to 28 Dec.

Located in Canberra City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canberra Museum and Gallery and Canberra Centre. Australian National University ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,481 reviews)

"Large apartment size for me and my partner and the room was very well maintained and spotless. Recommend to all."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Pacific Suites Canberra
Quest Canberra City Walk
Quest Canberra City Walk
3.5 out of 5
240 City Walk, Canberra, ACT
The price is AU$118 per night from 13 Dec. to 14 Dec.

Located in Canberra City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Glebe Park, Canberra Centre, and National Convention Centre. Commonwealth ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (310 reviews)

"There was not nothing not to like, everything was excellent especially the location."…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2020

Quest Canberra City Walk
The Sebel Canberra Civic
The Sebel Canberra Civic
4.5 out of 5
197 LONDON CIRCUIT, Canberra, ACT
The price is AU$107 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Located in Canberra City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Centre, and National Convention Centre. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (266 reviews)

"We loved that there was a kitchen for us to cook our own meals. The location was so convenient to walk to everything. However we wish there would have been parking facility near by or a deal with parking lot near by to park."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2020

The Sebel Canberra Civic
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Canberra

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5/5 - Excellent

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14 May 2020

Great, underrated city

5/5 - Excellent

Ocean

5 Apr. 2020

I recommend this hotel if you have a trip to go to Canberra.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar. 2020

Relaxing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Mar. 2020

Will stay at Nesuto again in November

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Mar. 2020

We went for the enlighten festival which was amazing. Totally recommend

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Feb. 2020

Beautiful city

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