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CanberraAustralia

Australia’s capital city is at the heart of Australian politics and where you’ll find some of the county’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 artefacts 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.

Where to stay in Canberra

Braddon, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Braddon

Abundant dining options and relaxing spas are well-reviewed features of Braddon. Make a stop by top sights like Canberra Centre while you're exploring the area.

Braddon
Kingston showing modern architecture and a bridge

Kingston

Kingston is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Lake Burley Griffin and The Cusack Centre while you're in town.

Kingston
Canberra which includes a lake or waterhole and a monument

Canberra City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

The ample dining options and fantastic lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Canberra City Centre. A stop by Canberra Centre or Canberra Museum and Gallery might round out your trip.

Canberra City Centre
Parliament House showing modern architecture, an administrative building and interior views

Barton

Barton is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Lake Burley Griffin and East Basin while you're in town.

Barton
Manuka Shopping Centre which includes autumn colours

Griffith

Griffith is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Manuka Shopping Centre and Manuka Oval while you're in town.

Griffith
Narrabundah, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Narrabundah

Visitors to Narrabundah appreciate its restaurants. A visit to Manuka Shopping Centre and Manuka Oval might round out your trip if you're looking to see more of the area.

Narrabundah

Top hotels in Canberra

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Deco Hotel
Deco Hotel
4 out of 5
214 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT
The price is Rs6,397 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (554 reviews)

"Great hotel in a central location. Very spacious apartment perfect for our family stay."…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2020

Deco Hotel
Crowne Plaza Canberra
Crowne Plaza Canberra
4 out of 5
1 Binara Street, Canberra, ACT
The price is Rs6,719 per night from 12 Oct to 13 Oct

Located in Canberra City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Glebe Park and National Convention Centre. Canberra Centre and Commonwealth Park are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (977 reviews)

"We were happy with our stay. The bed was comfortable although the down/feather pillows were not. The set up of the room was great for relaxing and watching the TV. We paid a bit extra to include parking, it also came with breakfast which was a bonus."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020

Crowne Plaza Canberra
Novotel Canberra
Novotel Canberra
4.5 out of 5
65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, ACT
The price is Rs6,871 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

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

3.6/5Good! (979 reviews)

"Lovely stay, staff were pleasant. Location excellent"…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

Novotel Canberra

Top Holiday Rentals in Canberra

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pacific Suites Canberra
Pacific Suites Canberra
4.5 out of 5
100 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT
The price is Rs7,543 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Located in Canberra City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canberra Museum and Gallery and Canberra Centre. Australian National University ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,457 reviews)

"Very large spacious apartment. Good location. Public areas could have been a little cleaner however apartment was fine."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

Pacific Suites Canberra
The Sebel Canberra Civic
The Sebel Canberra Civic
4.5 out of 5
197 LONDON CIRCUIT, Canberra, ACT
The price is Rs5,496 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct

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! (245 reviews)

"The layout of the room was perfect. It was great that the kids that their own room away from the communal areas."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2020

The Sebel Canberra Civic
Quest Canberra City Walk
Quest Canberra City Walk
3.5 out of 5
240 City Walk, Canberra, ACT
The price is Rs5,598 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct

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! (287 reviews)

"Great location, excellent rooms. But missing a car park."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

Quest Canberra City Walk

Popular places to visit in Canberra

National Gallery of Australia
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National Gallery of Australia

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Australia’s national gallery has objects from across Asia and the Pacific, European and American works, and indigenous, colonial and contemporary Australian art. 

Australian War Memorial
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Australian War Memorial

5/5(14 reviews)

Wander the halls of this monument to learn about the battles fought by Australians, see military hardware and admire artworks.

Parliament House
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Parliament House

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Admire the scale, architecture and artwork of the building where Australia’s politicians make the big decisions. 

Commonwealth Park
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Commonwealth Park

4/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Commonwealth Park, a popular green space in Canberra. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

National Museum of Australia
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National Museum of Australia

4/5(5 reviews)

Explore the vast collection of Aboriginal art and artefacts, learn about the country’s colonial past, and see maps, vehicles, weapons and jewellery. 

Lake Burley Griffin
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Lake Burley Griffin

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lake Burley Griffin during your travels in Canberra. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Reviews of Canberra

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5/5 - Excellent

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2 Dec 2019

There are a lot of free exhibitions and children’s activities. We particularly enjoyed the National Gallery where my children participated in weaving jewellery and drawing. The Questacon was also a highlight.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Jun 2019

Lots of things to do with kids!

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