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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 artifacts 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.


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Novotel Canberra

Novotel Canberra

65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
3.9
of 5, from 391 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Canberra hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of City Hill, Canberra Centre, and Lake Burley Griffin. Australian War Memorial and National Museum of Australia are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£61
Parklands Hotel & Apartments

Parklands Hotel & Apartments

6 Hawdon Place, Dickson
4.0
of 5, from 93 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Northern Canberra, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Australian War Memorial. Kamberra Function Centre and Canberra Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£74
Capital Executive Apartment Hotel

Capital Executive Apartment Hotel

108 Northbourne Ave, Braddon
3.6
of 5, from 197 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canberra Centre, Canberra Theatre Centre, and Australian National University.

£69
Pavilion on Northbourne

Pavilion on Northbourne

242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson
3.9
of 5, from 364 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Northern Canberra, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Australian War Memorial and Australian National Botanic Gardens. Canberra Stadium and National Museum of Australia are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£70
Mantra MacArthur Hotel

Mantra MacArthur Hotel

219 Northbourne Avenue, Turner
4.4
of 5, from 7 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Northern Canberra, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Australian War Memorial and Canberra Stadium. National Museum of Australia and Australian National Botanic Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£101
Burbury Hotel & Apartments

Burbury Hotel & Apartments

1 Burbury Close, Barton
4.3
of 5, from 247 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manuka Oval, Old Parliament House, and Parliament House. National Gallery of Australia and National Museum of Australia are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£79
Crowne Plaza Canberra

Crowne Plaza Canberra

1 Binara Street, Canberra
4.1
of 5, from 280 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Canberra hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Glebe Park and Australian War Memorial. National Museum of Australia and Old Parliament House are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£70
ibis Styles Canberra

ibis Styles Canberra

203 Goyder Street, Narrabundah
3.5
of 5, from 238 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Manuka Shopping Centre and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Parliament House. Manuka Oval and Kingston Shopping Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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