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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.

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Where to stay in Canberra

Pavilion on Northbourne
Pavilion on Northbourne
4.5 out of 5
242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson, ACT
The price is AU$99 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
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! (1,919 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

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Avenue Hotel Canberra
Avenue Hotel Canberra
5 out of 5
80 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT
The price is AU$170 per night from 28 Jul. to 28 Jul.
Located in Canberra City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Canberra Museum and Gallery, Australian War Memorial and Australian National Botanic ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (954 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2021

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Pacific Suites Canberra
Pacific Suites Canberra
4.5 out of 5
100 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT
The price is AU$167 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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! (2,553 reviews)
"Nice hotel nice staff well located"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Pacific Suites 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.
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 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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! (222 reviews)
"A nice place, basic but had all what we needed."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Capital Country Holiday Park
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
The Weereewa Tiny House
The Weereewa Tiny House
Ridge Road 54, Lake George, NSW
The price is AU$268 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Situated in Lake George, this holiday home is 9.3 mi (14.9 km) from Tulip Top Gardens and within 20 miles (32 km) of Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and Mount ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great, easy to get to tiny house
"Really enjoyed our time in Werrawee Tiny House! Stunning views. Don’t miss sunset and sunrise over Lake George!"

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

The Weereewa Tiny House
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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