Where the regiment of Parliament meets a cultural revitalisation, Canberra is a stately city that’s switching things up. Take on the adventurous wilderness at the city’s doorstep, wander through the must-see museums and memorials or find a restaurant with a warm fire and an even more inviting menu.
Internationally, Canberra is perhaps best known as the surprising answer to the question “‘What’s the capital of Australia?”.’ The result of a fight for that particular title between Sydney and Melbourne, the city was established in 1913 as a compromise, positioned between the country’s two largest towns.Now Australia’s largest inland city, Canberra is home to the Australian Parliament and many of the country’s most famous attractions, including the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery, National Library and National Museum. Designed with a specific purpose in mind, it has a totally unique feel - it’s spacious, full of roundabouts, and uniquely laid out in wheel rather than grid form.Ready to book your Canberra adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with 60 in Canberra alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the city or your twentieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Canberra and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay in Canberra?
- The CBD: Located on the northern bank of Lake Burley Griffin, the city centre looks straight over the river to Parliament House on the other side. Filled with gorgeous buildings and trendy cafes, here you’re a short walk from everything.
- Barton: The eastern neighbour of the parliament precinct, anyone who is eager to get knee deep in democracy is wise to stay in Barton. Parliament houses - both old and new - are a stone’s throw away.
- Yarralumla: The suburb of Yarralumla covers the southwestern bank of Lake Burley Griffin, with Stirling Park offering beautiful views of the water. It’s home to the US Embassy and the Royal Canberra Golf Club.
- Acton: Thanks to the presence of the Australian National University, Acton has a fresh, young and artsy vibe. Here you’ll find public art, exotic cuisine and the coolest bars in town.
- Braddon: If you’re one for cafe culture, Braddon is the place to be. A hip area that takes food and drink seriously, it’s located near the Australian War Memorial and the Mt Ainslie lookout.
What are Canberra’s must-see attractions?
- Australian War Memorial: Often cited as the most stunning and moving museum in the country, the Australian War Memorial visually represents the country’s military sacrifice.
- National Gallery of Australia: Both local and international art is on display at the National Gallery, which puts a particular spotlight on aboriginal works.
- National Museum of Australia: With human history stretching back at least 65,000 years and natural history far further, the National Museum has taken on the sizeable responsibility of telling the story of Australia, which it does incredibly well.
- Questacon: A science museum designed for families, Questacon is a totally interactive and immersive look at science and technology that kids will love.
- Mount Ainslie Lookout: Soaked in all the knowledge you can? Hike to the Mount Ainslie lookout for stunning views of the city and surrounds.
Location and views
What are Canberra’s best hotels for location and views?Canberra is a beautiful city, and you can enjoy it in all its glory if you choose to stay at Little National Hotel, QT Canberra or Ovolo Nishi - hotels that boast both great locations and stunning views.
Find the right hotel
What are Canberra’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, these hotels also offer ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Mantra on Northbourne, Crowne Plaza Canberra or Novotel Canberra if you’re a solo traveller in Canberra (and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it!).
What are Canberra’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Canberra could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by Avenue Hotel Canberra, Peppers Gallery Hotel or Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.
What are Canberra’s best hotels for families?Heading to Canberra with your tribe? Knightsbridge Canberra, Quest Canberra City Walk and Adina Serviced Apartments Canberra Kingston are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure that you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
What are Canberra’s best hotels?After the best of the best? Luxurious 5-star escapes can be found at Hyatt Hotel Canberra, East Hotel and Hotel Realm.
What is the best way to get around Canberra?
Public transportPublic transport in Canberra is provided by buses and an inner city light rail network. The MyWay card is the cheapest way to travel, as it offers discounted fares. Pick one up at transport hubs and selected local retailers if you plan to do plenty of sightseeing.
Private transportIf you prefer private transport over public, rideshare apps are always the safest choice. Uber and Ola are available in Canberra, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Canberra hotels cost?On average a 3-star hotel in Canberra costs $140 per night, a 4-star costs $180 and a 5-star costs $330 (be aware that these prices will be greater on weekends and at times of high demand).
When should I visit Canberra?Canberra’s elevation and topography sees overnight temperatures often drop below zero in winter. A more temperate and comfortable stay can be enjoyed in summer, although the town can be less vibrant with parliament out of session.
Where should I visit outside of Canberra?Located a half hour drive north of the city, the Canberra Wine Region is home to 140 vineyards and over 30 cellar doors that create some stunning cool climate drops. Two hours south, the Kosciuszko National Park, home to Australia’s tallest mountain, is a stunning day trip.