An energetic, creative and cultural hub with world-class restaurants, spectacular artworks and outdoor adventures on your doorstep, Canberra is no longer the political bore.
Immaculately designed by Walter Burley Griffin, Australia's 'Bush Capital' is the ideal destination for a weekend away or a short-stay holiday. With the artificial Lake Burley Griffin at the centre it's easy to navigate yourself around the city, going from art gallery to museum to shopping hotspots with a heap of fun activities for the kids. Rug up in winter when the temperatures get cold or enjoy the pleasant summers with longer days and the host of outdoor activities on offer.
- Visit the icons that tell Australia's story; Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. Entry is generally free to the city's major attractions.
- Take a trip to the region's wineries, with 140 vineyards and 33 cellar doors and most within a 30 minute trip from the city.
- Discover Lake Burley Griffin and make like a local spending an hour walking the hour-long 'bridge-to-bridge' path. Hire a paddleboard or take a segway tour if you're feeling adventurous.
- Visit the heart of the Australian political scene, Parliament House. The architecture and scale make an impressive selfie backdrop.
- Take the kids for an exciting day out at Questacon - the National Science and Technology Centre. Get some air on a six-metre slide, experience an earthquake or challenge a robot to a game of air hockey.
Canberra in pictures
Spend time exploring Canberra’s national attractions, culinary delights, natural wonders and family friendly experiences. Browse the photos below to see a few of the goodies on offer.
Canberra is made up of seven districts which are further divided into suburbs. The city centre - also known as 'Civic' - is the main commercial centre. Each has it's own dining, shopping and entertainment scene and only 20 minutes drive from the next.
Manuka and Kingston
One of the most historic and fashionable suburbs, Manuka is close to Capital Hill on the southern shore of the lake. Home to cool bars and cafes, a range of restaurants, boutique shopping, sports plus arts and cinema options.
Conveniently, the small 1920s shopping centres of Manuka and Kingston are only a five minute walk apart. In Kingston, watch artisans at work at Canberra Glassworks, housed in the historic Powerhouse, and pick up regional wine and produce or fresh-ground coffee from the Old Bus Depot Markets, held every Sunday in an old industrial building. The Kingston Foreshore, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, is a growing and vibrant waterside community, complete with fantastic food, art, live music and events.
One of the city's oldest suburbs, it's becoming increasingly recognised for its vibrant mix of pop-up art, fashion and design shops, stylish interiors stores and restaurants. You'll also be reminded of the area's more industrial beginnings with the local few remaining car yards.
Just a short walk from the city centre, maybe a few minutes depending on your pace, you'll find the hip Lonsdale Street. Head here for boutique shopping, cool cafes, bakeries, bars and more. The area is a haven for small independent businesses, including artists, florists and hairdressers so you'll be sure to find something unique.
If you love a market, and let's face it who doesn't, don't miss The Hamlet, Canberra's dynamic and creative heart with a buzzing atmosphere, one-of-a-kind-wares and tasty street food.
Close to the city, NewActon precinct is one of the most exciting places in Canberra for adventurous dining in a modern setting with artistic flair. It's known for its restaurants and cafes, as well as its dynamic design and outdoor art collection.
At the heart of this urban village is the intriguing Nishi building, home to new kid on the block, Hotel Hotel. This architectural gem features Monster Kitchen and Bar, a hatted restaurant drawing on seasonal local produce, as well as a cinema, a studio, lots of public art, hair salons and a range of public festivals throughout the year.
A visit to Canberra wouldn’t be complete without stopping in to the city centre, otherwise known as Civic. You’ll find plenty of shopping, entertainment, dining and nightlife options for every taste.
Head to the city’s Canberra Centre on Bunda Street, for some serious retail therapy. Offering over 300 shops, plus cinemas and alfresco dining and café strip known as the North Quarter. Surrounding this are boutiques, fashion, music and independent book stores, and when you’ve had enough shopping, retreat to the cafes, restaurants and bars in City Walk and Garema Place.
Don’t miss out on the theatre while you’re in town. See what’s playing at the Canberra Theatre Centre then try one of the delicious restaurants that call Civic home. If you’re still not ready for bed, you’re not far from some of the cities hottest nightclubs and bars.
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Winter (June to August) is cold but sunny, with average lows of 1°C with frost and fog and average highs of around 12°C. Summer (December to February) can be hot but has low humidity with average temperatures around 27°C.
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In and around the city
With the city's infamous roundabouts and plenty of parking, Canberra is one of the easiest cities to get around by car. Either hire your own or get around with the help of taxis and ride sharing services such as Uber. Canberra's public bus service, ACTION Buses, services major tourist sites (and there’s a free city loop bus), or take advantage of some of Australia's finest cycle paths by hiring a bike (or bring your own!).
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