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CanberraAustralia

Australia’s capital city is at the heart of Australian politics and where you’ll find some of the country’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 artifacts 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

Top Hotels in Canberra

Pavilion on Northbourne
Pavilion on Northbourne
4.5 out of 5
242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson, ACT
The price is ¥8,031 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Dickson, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Centre, and Australian National University. National Convention ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,973 reviews)

"We always stay here due to the price, location and good rooms."…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

Pavilion on Northbourne
Rydges Canberra
Rydges Canberra
4.5 out of 5
Corner Canberra Ave & National Circuit, Forrest, ACT
The price is ¥9,868 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manuka Shopping Centre and Parliament House. National Gallery of Australia and Commonwealth ...

4.1/5Very Good! (20 reviews)

"Absolutely wonderful warm service from friendly staff A terrific stay! Will stay here again"…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Rydges Canberra
Deco Hotel
Deco Hotel
4 out of 5
214 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, Braddon, ACT
The price is ¥9,168 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Braddon, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Canberra Centre, Australian National University, and National Convention Centre. Australian War Memorial ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (705 reviews)

"Clean and modern, simple check in with wonderfully friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Deco Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Canberra

The Sebel Canberra Civic
The Sebel Canberra Civic
4.5 out of 5
197 LONDON CIRCUIT, Canberra, ACT
The price is ¥7,786 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

Located in Canberra City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Centre, and National Convention Centre. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (284 reviews)

"Great location, very clean and good facilities in room. We were upgraded to a family suite which suited our needs perfectly"…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

The Sebel Canberra Civic
Abode Woden
Abode Woden
4 out of 5
10 Bowes Street, Phillip, ACT
The price is ¥9,095 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Phillip, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Canberra Hospital and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Royal Australian Mint. National Zoo and Aquarium and Parliament ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,358 reviews)

"Was quiet walking distance to shops transport and clubs"…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Abode Woden
Quest Canberra City Walk
Quest Canberra City Walk
3.5 out of 5
240 City Walk, Canberra, ACT
The price is ¥8,597 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Canberra City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Glebe Park, Canberra Centre, and National Convention Centre. Commonwealth ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (324 reviews)

"Central, clean with pleasing decode & helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2020

Quest Canberra City Walk
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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Reviews of Canberra

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Ben

Sep 11, 2019

Love visiting Canberra.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 15, 2019

We enjoyed Canberra. We wish we could have stayed a little longer so we could have seen more of the sights. We were able to go to the Arboretum, the zoo, and the Parliament.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 11, 2019

Wee worth a visit. The public bus network is particularly good

5/5 - Excellent

LYNNE

Oct 12, 2018

I have always liked to visit Canberra..

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