Canberra

Travel Guide
Canberra

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.

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 artifacts 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.

Where to stay in Canberra

Pavilion on Northbourne
Pavilion on Northbourne
4.5 out of 5
242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson, ACT, 2602
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$143 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star business-friendly hotel in Canberra. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,613 reviews)
"Clean and functional"

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2022

Pavilion on Northbourne
Crowne Plaza Canberra, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Canberra, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Binara Street, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Fully refundable
The price is AU$189 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Canberra. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (964 reviews)
"Close to legal places but far from dining or shopping"

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2022

Crowne Plaza Canberra, an IHG Hotel
Rydges Canberra
Rydges Canberra
4 out of 5
Corner Canberra Ave & National Circuit, Forrest, ACT, 2603
The price is AU$166 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Canberra. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a health club. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Good! (214 reviews)
"Good place"

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2022

Rydges 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.
Abode Belconnen
Abode Belconnen
4.5 out of 5
3 Grazier Lane, Belconnen, ACT, 2617
The price is AU$164 per night from 26 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Canberra. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (111 reviews)
"Central to needs. Close to amenities. Very comfortable stay"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2022

Abode Belconnen
Pacific Suites Canberra
Pacific Suites Canberra
4.5 out of 5
100 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT, 2601
The price is AU$246 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Canberra. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,750 reviews)
"Cleanliness of room could have been a bit better"

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2022

Pacific Suites Canberra
The Sebel Canberra Civic
The Sebel Canberra Civic
4.5 out of 5
197 LONDON CIRCUIT, Canberra, ACT, 2601
The price is AU$187 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Canberra. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a health club. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (386 reviews)
"Friendly staff Immaculately clean Great location We’re aware of offsite parking prior to stay and didn’t have any issues finding parking."

Reviewed on 29 May 2022

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

4.3

Top destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 48.142414860681114%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.656346749226006%
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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

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9 Mar. 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Feb. 2020

Beautiful city