When you visit Canberra, prepare to experience one good thing after another. Because whether it’s world-class wining and dining, iconic national treasures or breathtaking adventures, everything you’re after is just moments away. Add to this an exciting calendar of events, an array of shopping hotspots and stacks of fun activities for the kids, and you’ve got yourself the perfect short-break destination.
Weather in Canberra
Canberra might be close to the NSW coastline, but it doesn't suffer the same rainy season. Temperatures in the ACT start to rise around October and average around 27 degrees Celsius during December-February. Rather than lose the brilliant golden sunshine to grey showers, however, the Aussie capital maintains an average amount of rainfall all year round, so you always know what to expect.
What to do in Canberra
There’s an endless choice of great things to see and do in Australia's capital city, home of the Australian story. Whether you’re a culture vulture, outdoor adventurer or searching for some family fun, Canberra has got you covered.
Visit the world-class national attractions that call Canberra home and tell the stories of Australia. Marvel at Australia’s national art collection at the National Gallery of Australia; take a journey from ancient Australia to today at the National Museum of Australia; gaze at portraits of people who have shaped the country at the National Portrait Gallery and be moved by the stories of the nation’s servicemen and women at the Australian War Memorial. Most of these national attractions offer free entry and all of them are within a 10 minute drive of the city.
Once you’ve explored these treasures, you’ll be looking for some sustenance. Indulge at some of the capital’s top-rated restaurants. Wander through precincts like Braddon and NewActon for an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, bars, pop-up stores, and people watching. Or for the perfect tipple, visit Canberra’s cool-climate wine regions for experiences ranging from wine-tasting to truffle hunting.
Fun in the great outdoors is a specialty of Canberra. With more than half of the Australian Capital Territory nature reserve, national park or state forest, it’s little wonder bushwalking, rock climbing and mountain biking are popular pastimes. For something a little less invigorating, try an easy walk along Lake Burley Griffin or a visit to the National Arboretum Canberra, with its 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees.
Speaking of the great outdoors, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Australia’s native wildlife and animal conservation activities. At the National Zoo & Aquarium you can pat a cheetah or feed a bear during some of the most amazing hands-on animal experiences in Australia. Or head to the nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and spot the famous native animals that call the area home.
Accommodation in Canberra
Novotel Canberra is right in the heart of all the action, a mere stroll from the city's hexagonal centre. It boasts a luxurious indoor heated swimming pool and an on-site fitness centre, so you can enjoy a mid-holiday workout. Prefer to relax? Visit the Jacuzzi or sauna. When you're finished, One Restaurant and Bar is open for both breakfast and dinner.
Located in the leafy suburb of Narrabundah, ibis Styles Canberra offers you the best of both worlds. Guests can enjoy the tranquil location of Narrabundah, while still being centrally located, just minutes away from Canberra city centre, all major Government departments, and Canberra Airport. ibis Styles Canberra is a 4 star property that offers a range of accommodation options from comfortable standard rooms for the budget conscious, to Deluxe Suites for those wanting a more relaxing, indulgent stay. With plenty of free parking available this property provides the ideal affordable hotel in Canberra for your next visit.
ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk is located at the gateway to the ACT region and provides you with an ideal value for money Canberra accommodation solution. The resort offers 151 spacious accommodation rooms including family rooms, two bedroom suites and spa suites. Set amongst landscaped native gardens and bushland, the property provides a spacious and casual resort style atmosphere that is perfect for families, conferences and groups.
Closer to the city centre is the excellent mid-range Accor hotel, Mercure Canberra. No expenses have been spared to bring the very best of facilities to the Mercure's 129 rooms, with its Executive Room options even having their own kitchenette. As if that weren't enough, the Ainslie Bistro and Bar is also on site to serve an affordable meal or to offer you a game of pool and a drink with your fellow holidaymakers at the end of a long day.
Finally, when you need an affordable Canberra hotel, look no further than the ibis Budget Canberra. This hotel is located just over ten minutes from the CBD and features 75 stylish, air-conditioned rooms.