Canberra

Canberra

Overview

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. 

 

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Whether you're in town for the weekend or longer, you'll find plenty of things for adults and kids, indoors or outdoors, the list goes on...

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.

Where to go

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 GlassworksOpens external site in a new window, housed in the historic Powerhouse, and pick up regional wine and produce or fresh-ground coffee from the Old Bus Depot MarketsOpens external site in a new window, held every Sunday in an old industrial building. The Kingston Foreshore, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, is a growing and vibrant waterside communityOpens external site in a new window, complete with fantastic food, art, live music and events.

Braddon

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 HamletOpens external site in a new window, Canberra's dynamic and creative heart with a buzzing atmosphere, one-of-a-kind-wares and tasty street food. 

New Acton

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 HotelOpens external site in a new window. This architectural gem features Monster Kitchen and BarOpens external site in a new window, 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.

Canberra City

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 CentreOpens external site in a new window 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 CentreOpens external site in a new window 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. 

Quick facts

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Currency

Australian Dollar (AU$)

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Electricity

220-240V / 50Hz

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Population

392,000

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Seasons

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.

Getting around

From the airport

The Airport ExpressOpens external site in a new window shuttle bus offers airport-city-airport services daily during peak periods and can be pre-booked or purchased from the airport. Alternatively why not rent a car or take a taxi from the fully undercover taxi rank (complete with indoor waiting area) on the ground floor of the terminal building.

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 UberOpens external site in a new window. Canberra's public bus service, ACTION BusesOpens external site in a new window, 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!).  

 

Canberra car hire

Enjoy great rates with Avis, Budget, Hertz or Thrifty and no booking fees. Qantas Frequent Flyers can also earn Qantas Points with Avis and Budget. 

Getting you there

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