Canberra:

Population: 358,222(31 March 2011) (8th)
Density: 428.6/km  (1,110.1/sq mi)
Established: 12 March 1913
Area: 814.2 km (314.4 sq mi)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
AEST (UTC+10) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location:
  • 286 km (178 mi) SW of Sydney
  • 669 km (416 mi) NE of Melbourne
  • 1159 km (720 mi) E of Adelaide
  • 1203 km (748 mi) SSW of Brisbane
  • 3726 km (2,315 mi) ESE of Perth
  • State District:
  • Molonglo,
  • Ginninderra
  • Brindabella
  • Federal Division:
  • Canberra
  • Fraser
  • Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    19.7 °C 6.5 °C 616.4 mm

    Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of over 345,000, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory, 280 km south-west of Sydney, and 660 km north-east of Melbourne. A resident of Canberra is known as a "Canberran".

    The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities. It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely planned city. Following an international contest for the city's design, a blueprint by the Chicago architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin was selected and construction commenced in 1913. The Griffins' plan featured geometric motifs such as circles, hexagons and triangles, and was centred around axes aligned with significant topographical landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory.

    The city's design was heavily influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title of the "bush capital". The growth and development of Canberra were hindered by the World Wars and the Great Depression, which exacerbated a series of planning disputes and the ineffectiveness of a sequence of bodies that were to oversee the development of the city. The national capital emerged as a thriving city after World War II, as Prime Minister Robert Menzies championed its development and the National Capital Development Commission was formed with executive powers. Although the Australian Capital Territory is now self-governing, the federal government retains some influence through the National Capital Authority.

    As the seat of the government of Australia, Canberra is the site of Parliament House, the High Court and numerous government departments and agencies. It is also the location of many social and cultural institutions of national significance, such as the Australian War Memorial, Australian National University, Australian Institute of Sport, National Gallery, National Museum and the National Library. The Australian Army's officer corps are trained at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and the Australian Defence Force Academy is also located in the capital.

    As the city has a high proportion of public servants, the federal government contributes the largest percentage of Gross State Product and is the largest single employer in Canberra. As the seat of government, the unemployment rate is lower and the average income higher than the national average, while property prices are relatively high, in part due to comparatively restricted development regulations. Tertiary education levels are higher, while the population is younger.

    Canberra Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise more_vert
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    Canberra is a beautiful city of lakes, parks, national buildings and colorful tree lined streets surrounded by bush land and mountains. To view this remarkable planned city from a balloon provides a unique perspective. No other way of seeing Canberra so effectively brings together designer Walter Burley Griffin’s vision and how it has been translated into the vibrant capital that Canberra has become. Your experience starts with meeting at the Hyatt Hotel 30 minutes before sunrise and ends after landing with a traditional sparkling wine celebration and commemorative ‘Flight Certificate´. All flights last between 45 minutes and 1 hour.

    Your flight experience begins early in the morning at the Hyatt Hotel, centrally located on Commonwealth Ave, a two minute walk from Parliament House.

    You'll meet just before dawn as this is the best time to fly. From the Hyatt you are taken to the launch site. It takes around 20-25 minutes for the balloon to be inflated and standing upright ready for boarding. You are welcome to help with the setup of the balloon or simply stand back and take photos as your aircraft takes shape and comes to life.

    Dawn lift-off! As the new day dawns, you will ascend into the sky in your colourful balloon. Your balloon will float gently along the breeze, whilst in your basket you will feel completely secure with very little sensation of movement. During your flight you may find yourself drifting just above the treetops then moments later effortlessly ascending to heights of 2000-feet or more.

    Photography from the balloon is encouraged and you will be rewarded with stunning shots of Canberra, providing you with years of fond memories.

    After approximately one hour you will be greeted by your ground crew as you touch back down to earth. The balloon is packed away with lots of laughs, then you hop back into one of the vehicles and return to the Canberra Hyatt. Enjoy a glass of Australian sparkling wine as you are presented with a commemorative flight certificate as part of our traditional ballooning celebration.

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    Australian Institute of Sport: The AIS Tour more_vert
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    Visit one of Canberra’s most popular tourist attractions, the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport), and go behind the scenes of the country's premier elite sporting precinct on this 1.5-hour tour. With a guide, you'll be taken you through world-class facilities where you might even catch some of Australia’s top athletes in training. Select a tour time when booking.

    Your tour starts at the AIS Visitor Centre, where you'll meet your guide for your immersion into athletics in Australia.

    Learn about sports in a hands-on way with Sportex, an educational and engaging sports experience where you can try wheelchair basketball, virtual downhill skiing, rock climbing, football penalty shootouts, and more. Sportex is included as part of every AIS tour.

    Try out a selection of interactive activities such as testing your accuracy, speed, and strength with the ball-skills tester or reaction timer, plus explore educational exhibits such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Heroes and Legends, and Sports Science.

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    3infun Canberra Attraction Pass Including the Australian Institute of Sport, Cockington Green Gardens and Questacon more_vert
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    With a 3infun Canberra Attraction Pass you can visit three of the best attractions in Australia's capital -- the Australian Institute of Sport, Cockington Green Gardens and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. The 3infun Attrractoin Pass is valid for 12 months from date of purchase for single entry at each attraction with a bonus return visit to one of the participating attractions included.This pass gives you 3 times the excitement, 3 times the action and 3 times the fun!

    Whether you want to size yourself up against some of Australia’s elite athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport, venture into the delightful miniature world of Cockington Green Gardens or try your hand at some of the 200 exhibits and experiences at Questacon, 3infun is serious fun for all ages.

    The Australian Institute of Sport (The AIS)
    Australia's premier elite sports precinct. A place that cannot be found anywhere else in Australia. Throughout, the year, the AIS opens its doors to over 200,000 visitors from Australia and overseas.

    Only minutes from Canberra's CBD with plenty of free car and coach parking, the AIS is set amongst 65 hectares of native bushland and offers an insight into Australia's sporting past and a window into its future. Discover Australia's sporting powerhouse. Sport is Australia's passion, so get into the spirit and find out what it takes to become a high perfomance athlete with a behind-the-scenes tour of the AIS, where the country's best athletes train.

    Cockington Green Gardens
    Venture into the delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings featuring more than 30 different countries, set within beautifully landscaped gardens. Then complete your visit by taking a ride on the ever popular Miniature Steam Train.

    Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
    At Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, you'll experience science in extraordinary ways. There's something for everyone in Questacon's eight galleries. Bend your mind and muscle in Excite@Q as you free fall down a six metre slide, challenge a robot to a game of air hockey or test your reflex speed against a friend. Inspire your inner scientist with Q Lab's ever-changing array of intriguing experiments, explosive demonstrations and interesting displays. The youngest scientists will enjoy Mini Q as they play, discover and learn in a gallery specifically for 0-6 year olds. No visit is complete without watching or starring in a Spectacular Science Show, presented each day. With over 200 interactive exhits to explore, at Questacon you'll discover the smarter way to have fun.

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    National Museum of Australia: Ultimate Museum Experience more_vert
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    Discover where Australia's stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia. The Ultimate Museum Experience offers an exclusive personalised tour of the Museum with a dedicated tour guide, a meal and drink in the Museum's stunning waterfront cafe and a voucher for 10% off purchases at the beautiful Museum shop.

    Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in the centre of Canberra, the Museum's stunning architecture offers an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. See some of the nation's most popular and important objects all in one place, from Phar Lap's heart and the Holden Prototype No.1 to bark paintings and ochre used by Aboriginal artists over 50,000 years ago. 

    The Ultimate Museum Experience offers a private tour with a guide. The tour is flexible and is tailored to how you would like to experience the Museum. You will be greeted in the Hall and offered refreshments in the exclusive Friends Lounge. You can either choose to dine in the stunning waterfront Cafe for breakfast, brunch or lunch before or after your tour. Tour duration is just over an hour.

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    Canberra Private Chauffeured Airport Transport more_vert
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    Pre-book your chauffeur in Canberra and enjoy stress free transport to/from Canberra Domestic Airport and the Canberra CBD. Enjoy the convenience and comfort of chauffeured cars in Canberra. Supremely reliable service in clean, modern vehicles. Friendly and professional drivers!

    Canberra specialists in chauffeured transport and tour services. The preferred mode of ground transport for discerning travelers, business executives and government agencies.

    Offering exceptional service and supreme reliability, your friendly and professional driver will ensure you arrive at your destination on time and stress free.

    Operating a medium sized fleet of carefully selected vehicles and drivers, you can be assured of an uncompromised standard of excellence and truly personalized service. Drivers soon become known to regular clients and special efforts are made to keep track of your regular transfer points, preferred drivers and any other individual requirements.

    Forget about battling the traffic and enjoy your ride in a luxurious modern chauffeured vehicle.

    Airport Transfers
    Airport Meet & Greet
    Personalized Tour Services
    Supremely Reliable
    Clean Modern Vehicles
    Safe & Professional Drivers

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