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Canberra Hotels

A Young Nation's  Capital

Only three hours’ drive from Sydney, Canberrans enjoy a high quality of life. Canberra, often called ‘The Bush Capital’ because of the ubiquitous dusty, Australiana flora, is a compact city. The air is clean, the roads are wide and traffic-free and the surrounding Brindabella Mountain Ranges create a striking backdrop to the dutifully maintained and much-used hikes and cycling tracks the city is famed for. A booming culinary scene provides local growers a platform for seasonal produce to shine with inviting dining options opening regularly. Farmer’s markets peppered across Canberra also give visitors and residents access to exceptionally fresh goodies to take home and try on a weekly basis.

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Free Things To Do In Canberra

National Gallery of Australia
Admission to the permanent collection is free and the architecture of the NGA itself is cavernous and slick. The gallery hosts excellent temporary exhibitions throughout the year including masterpieces borrowed from famous art galleries around the world. It’s advisable to book ahead if you plan to visit in the first few weeks of new exhibition opening as they are popular and often have allocated times.

National Museum of Australia
With exciting developments underway, the museum is a great place to explore the issues, events and people that have helped shape the nation. There is plenty to see and it provides a snapshot of Aussie culture for overseas visitors.

Australian War Memorial
Sombre and uplifting, the War Memorial embodies the spirit of the Aussie digger. There are plenty of interactive activities and the museum regularly loans many relics from abroad that have never been seen before in Australia. The Memorial is large and there are often volunteers available to take visitors through free tours lasting about an hour.

National Archives of Australia
The archives contain some fascinating exhibits, including the nation’s ‘birth certificate’, signed by Queen Victoria. On a modern scale it provides iPod guides to its ‘Memories of a Nation’ display, containing quirky and intriguing items from UFO sightings to ASIO targets.

National Film & Sound Archive / Arc Cinema
This 1930s Art Deco building is heaven for film buffs, especially since the opening of Arc, a cinema with state-of-the-art projection equipment. It screens archive files from the 19th century to present, drawing on more than 100 years of film, radio and television history.

Walk or cycle around Lake Burley Griffin
When the weather permits, follow the steps of locals and complete the 5km ‘bridge to bridge’ walk around Lake Burley Griffin. The walk passes several national attractions, monuments and offers pit-stops in the form of cafes and parks. The path is paved and is scooter and bike friendly.

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Other Canberra Attractions

  • Parliament House
  • Old Parliament House
  • Mount Ainslie Lookout
  • National Library of Australia
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Australian War Museum
  • Farmers Markets and Old Bus Depot Markets

  • Visit Over 30 Wineries Close By
  • Questacon Children's Science Centre
  • Hot air balloon flight over the nation’s capital
  • Lake Burley Griffin
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • National Zoo & Aquarium’s
  • Queanbeyan (only a 20-minute drive from Canberra city)

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