Canberra travel guide

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You're Going to Love Canberra

Australia's capital, Canberra boasts a sophisticated dining and bar scene, vibrant culture, and impressive architecture. Inspired by the 19th-century arts and crafts movement, the city features expansive open spaces, aesthetics, and broad boulevards.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Canberra

1. Food and Wine Capital

Canberra has an impressive array of eateries and drinking joints. Coupled with a vast wine region, the city hosts tourists who come to taste the different wines available.

2. Numerous Attractions

Interested in the arts? Visit the National Gallery of Australia. Stop over at Lake Burley Griffin or visit the National Museum of Australia for free.

3. Fantastic Nightlife

Take part in a game of pool, go to a beer garden, or lounge in a bar to experience the thriving and vibrant nightlife.

4. Parliament House

Located on Capital Hill, get to see democracy in action in one of Australia's iconic buildings.

5. Lots of Festivals and Events

The city has various festivals such as Floriade every spring that showcases millions of blooming flowers.

Where to Eat in Canberra

Taste the Burmese curries with rice for just AU$8 or some good laksa for AU$15 at Civic Asian Noodle House. The Italo-Australian Club has a hearty Italian pasta for just AU$15.

When to visit Canberra

Canberra in July
Estimated hotel price
$172
1 night at 3-star hotel
Canberra in July
Estimated hotel price
$172
1 night at 3-star hotel

September to November is the best time to explore the attractions of Canberra. The weather is pleasant during this period as it's sunny during the days and cool in the mornings and evenings.

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How to Get to Canberra

Plane

International flights jet into Canberra Airport (CBR) from Wellington and Singapore. From the airport, you can take a private bus service for AU$10 into the city. You can find taxis near the Qantas terminal for AU$25.

Train

The NSW TrainLink operates from Sydney to Canberra thrice daily. The trip takes four hours, and you'll get to enjoy the scenic view of Molonglo Gorge and the Southern Highlands.

Car

The drive from Sydney to Canberra runs 180 miles via the M5 Motorway and Federal Highways. A drive from Melbourne to Canberra takes at least eight hours on the Barton and Hume Highways.

Bus

Murrays provides express services between Canberra and Sydney's Central Station with extra services on peak days. There is also a daily service from Canberra to Narooma.

Airports near Canberra

Airlines serving Canberra

American Airlines
Good (47,703 reviews)
British Airways
Good (23,356 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (25,063 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (15,780 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (5,799 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (6,765 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (3,961 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (4,908 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Excellent (6,313 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Excellent (2,853 reviews)
Jetstar
Good (4,685 reviews)
Virgin Australia
Good (3,576 reviews)
Fiji Airways
Good (1,014 reviews)
Rex
Good (26 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (6,669 reviews)
Link Airways
Good (2 reviews)
China Southern
Good (5,527 reviews)
Alliance Airlines
Excellent (7 reviews)
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Where to stay in Canberra

Comfort Inn Airport is seven minutes from the airport and very convenient. You can sample the luxurious Crowne Plaza minutes away from the city center.

Popular neighbourhoods in Canberra

Kingston - Kingston features plenty of restaurants exploding with a mixture of chocolate, burgers, and sandwiches.

Lyneham - located three miles north of Canberra, this neighborhood features a sports stadium, public parks, and theaters.

Yarralumla - rated as one of the top places for beach lovers, Yarralumla is located next to the seaside and boasts plenty of amenities.

Where to stay in popular areas of Canberra

Most booked hotels in Canberra

Crowne Plaza Canberra
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
$215+
Forrest Hotel and Apartments
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
$124+
ibis budget Canberra
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
$105+
Madison Capital Executive Apartments
Good (7.1, Good reviews)
$152+
Novotel Canberra
Good (7, Good reviews)
$195+
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How to Get Around Canberra

Public Transportation

Buses are the widely used mode of transport in Canberra, with fares starting at AU$5 for adults and AU$2 for concessions. Buses operate between 7 am and 8 pm.

Taxi

Local destinations such as Tuggeranong, Phillip, and Belconnen are reachable by taxi within the shortest time possible. You can gain access to them at specific hours of the day at rates between AU$50 - AU$100.

Car

There is lots of free parking available in Canberra, while paid parking is usually between AU$10 - AU$14 a day. Daily car rental prices start at AU$30.

Car hire agencies in Canberra

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The Cost of Living in Canberra

Shopping Streets

The city center features antique and craft stores, shoe spots, and dining areas. Visit the Canberra Centre and explore the fashion houses and specialty outlets. Get some designer labels and sample delicious coffee in Kingston.

Groceries and Other

Canberra has plenty of fresh produce markets. You can visit Kim's Groceries, Cedars of Lebanon, or the Coles Supermarket. A dozen eggs cost AU$4.60.

Cheap meal
$23.47
A pair of jeans
$114.30
Single public transport ticket
$5.28
Cappuccino
$4.89