Canberra: The nation's vibrant capital. About three-and-a-half hours from NSW's capital, Sydney but immediately adjacent to everything you could want in a holiday, Canberra is both historic and fresh. It exudes elegance and excitement, and here you can feel at once relaxed and invigorated. Book your Canberra Accor accommodation and you'll see why for yourself.
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
Canberra and the ACT have everything you need in an extensive, fun-packed getaway.
Start off by visiting the city's amazing science centre, Questacon, just across the bridge from the CBD. Questacon is packed with over 200 hands-on science-based exhibits that are both educational and fun. It has robots, illusions, an earthquake house and so much more.
As for national icons, make sure to visit both the Australian War Memorial and National Portrait Gallery. The former is both a shrine of remembrance to fallen Australian heroes, in addition to a famous museum. As for the latter, the National Portrait Gallery is one of the most famous contemporary art museums in the country and has a constant range of world-class pieces on display.
There are plenty of opportunities to see animals in the ACT, too. The National Zoo and Aquarium is the country's only combined zoo/aquarium attraction, and offers a vast range of exotic animals and encounters just 10 minutes from Canberra CBD. The Canberra Reptile Zoo is also nearby, less than 20 minutes from the CBD. It holds over 50 types of lizard and frog and has a very affordable entry fee.
Accommodation in Canberra
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.
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, the Novotel Canberra hotel 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.