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Pocket Guide: Canberra

A holiday to Australia’s capital promises art, culture, food, and plenty of memories. This southeastern city in Australian Capital Territory is always bustling: If you’re wondering what’s on, the answer is not a simple one. On any given day, music festivals, football games, and cultural fairs can be taking place across the city. Visit Canberra in March to watch the vibrant colours of hot air balloons dance across the sky at the Canberra Balloon Fiesta. For about 30 days between September and October, a million floral blooms are celebrated in Commonwealth Park. Whether you travel to Canberra for a family holiday, couples’ retreat, or solo adventure, this capital city welcomes you.

Places to see in Canberra

A fantastic destination for history buffs and culture fanatics alike, Canberra is a city located in a beautiful and inspiring setting. The Parliament House is practically a required viewing for any visitor to this city, and the Australian War Memorial is also well worth the trip. There are a variety of educational hot spots to see in Canberra, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, and the National Portrait Museum. Another institution of note is Questacon, also known as the National Science and Technology Centre, which houses hundreds of geeky interactive exhibits.

In terms of outdoor activities, Canberra has quite a bit to offer. Touring the Australian National Botanic Gardens, where you’ll find thousands of native flower species, is a great way to spend a morning. For later in the day, the nearby Lake Burley Griffin, or “LBG” for short, invites visitors to canoe, sail, or windsurf on the waters of this manmade lake surrounded by parkland. If you’re interested in some bushwalking, take a trip to the top of Black Mountain, which is just west of the business district on the shores of LBG. And it’s at the top of this mountain where you’ll find Telstra Tower, an impressive telecommunications station that looks like an alien structure, featuring an observation deck with unhindered views of the surrounding area.

Weather in Canberra

Canberra’s continental climate creates dry conditions throughout the majority of the year, while the area lacks the higher humidity that’s common in the surrounding regions. Summer is warm and even hot at times, though the mercury mostly stays below 30 degrees Celsius during the summer months. Wintertime here brings cooler temperatures, along with dense fog and regular frosts. Rain in Canberra is relatively rare in comparison to the country’s other capital cities, though precipitation is more frequent toward the end of spring, and thunderstorms can form in the summer months. Snowfall, alternatively, is almost unheard of, though accumulation of the white stuff can often be spotted on the surrounding mountains.

Where to Stay in Canberra

Canberra accommodation can meet any budget or travel style. Soak up some history in a heritage-listed hotel, indulge in a 5-star resort, or bring the entire gang along to stay inthe best Canberra family accommodation. Hotels in Canberra are also spread across the city, so you can find a place in your ideal neighbourhood. Book your next accommodation right here on, where our travel experts have located the best deals.

Travel Basics

You can arrive in Canberra via air at the Canberra International Airport (CBR), which services not only the capital city but also much of New South Wales. Once you’ve landed, it is easy to get around locally thanks to a system of public transport and taxis. You can also book a car hire right here on for your time in Canberra. Canberra also boasts a generous trail system, so you can get around on bike or foot if you fancy more time outdoors.

Plan Your Getaway to Canberra

When you’re ready to eat, drink, and be merry, Canberra makes the ideal holiday destination. Suit your holiday to your vision by sorting through the top Canberra hotels right here on and booking the perfect one. From budget hotels to Canberra serviced apartments, has it all. Best of all, Expedia will never charge you a booking fee. Your holiday to Canberra starts right here!