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Travel Guide

Telstra Tower featuring a sunset and landscape views

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

Pacific Suites Canberra
Pacific Suites Canberra
4.5 out of 5
100 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT
The price is AU$167 per night from 15 Jun. to 15 Jun.
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! (2,512 reviews)
"Very well located to Canberra attractions. Clean and comfortable, spacious one bedroom apartment. Serviced daily. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

Pacific Suites Canberra
Deco Hotel
Deco Hotel
4 out of 5
214 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, Braddon, ACT
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$140 per night from 30 May to 30 May
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! (797 reviews)
"My beautiful partner and I quite enjoyed the quirkiness of this delightful establishment. The electric curtains, the beautiful bathroom, comfy bed and funky stocked mini bar made our stay in the nations capital one to remember. We will return to Deco and we will sing it’s praises to all that we meet ..."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Deco Hotel
Crowne Plaza Canberra, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Canberra, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Binara Street, Canberra, ACT
The price is AU$166 per night from 23 May to 23 May
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (952 reviews)
"Staff were really friendly & very helpful!!"

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

Crowne Plaza Canberra, an IHG Hotel
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.
Capital Country Holiday Park
Capital Country Holiday Park
3 out of 5
47 Bidges Road, Sutton, NSW
The price is AU$125 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated in Sutton, this cottage is within 6 miles (10 km) of Mount Majura Vineyard, Tulip Top Gardens and EPIC. Canberra Centre and Kamberra Function Centre ...
3.9/5Good! (215 reviews)
"Location and overall property was great! You can tell they care about the environment and looking after the place. Could do with a few minor updates in tbe bathroom and bedroom visually, however functionality wise everything was convenient. It feels like you're staying rural but only staying 20mins ..."

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2021

Capital Country Holiday Park
Beautiful Country Cottage Style House on 20 Acres
Beautiful Country Cottage Style House on 20 Acres
36 Joe Rocks Rd, Bungendore, NSW
Located on a lake, this family-friendly cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Tulip Top Gardens and Turallo Nature Reserve. Hillbrook ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Excellent place to stay
"A beautiful spot to catchup with family - great location that was quiet and comfy"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2021

Beautiful Country Cottage Style House on 20 Acres
Eaglehawk Holiday Park Canberra
Eaglehawk Holiday Park Canberra
2 out of 5
1246 Federal Hwy, Sutton, NSW
Situated in Sutton, this campsite is within 9 miles (15 km) of Mount Majura Vineyard, Tulip Top Gardens and EPIC. Kamberra Function Centre and Mount Majura are ...
4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
A nice stay
"We had a nice stay at the Eaglehawk Holiday Park. The lady I spoke to at reception was absolutely beautiful. She was extremely helpful, caring and friendly."

Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2020

Eaglehawk Holiday Park 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.

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13 Mar. 2020

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9 Mar. 2020

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

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23 Feb. 2020

Beautiful city