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.

    Telstra Tower Observation Deck Ticket more_vert
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    Telstra Tower is Canberra's iconic telecommunication tower rising 195.2 meters above the summit of Black Mountain in Australia's capital city. It is not only a landmark and one of Canberra's most visited tourist destinations, but also offers 360 degree panoramic views of Canberra and its surrounding countryside from an indoor observation deck, two outdoor viewing platforms and Executive Briefing Centre - meeting rooms.
    As well as the telecommunications facilities the tower also has a café with Canberra's best views, a Conference Centre offering spectacular outlooks and state of the art AV. The lower level of the Tower's entrance foyer, houses the Telstra Heritage Exhibition which traces the history of Australian telecommunications as well as a theatre showcasing a video, produced shortly after the Tower opened in 1980 on the tower's design and construction
    Open 7 days a week from 9am - 10pm including public holidays.
    Best of all our parking is FREE.

    Visit: Telstra Tower, Black Mountain Drive, Canberra Australia

    Visitors can enjoy the breathtaking 360 degree views of Canberra, with three viewing platforms to choose from. Enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the view from our indoor viewing gallery. You can also watch the sunset over Canberra or the theatrics of the city's light under the darkened sky.


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    Private boat rental - up to 8 persons - no boat licence required more_vert
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    Rent a premium electric, eco-friendly GoBoat on Lake Burley Griffin. Skipper yourself and up to 7 other people around the lake at your own pace - no boat licence is required! All safety equipment, instructions and demonstrations are provided, and the boats are very simple to drive. More than 15,000 happy customers already!
    See the major sights of Canberra from the Lake, including the Captain Cook Memorial Jet, the Carillon, High Court and of course Parliament House in your two hours.
    Jump on board and disembark at Kingston, the location of some of Canberra's best cafes and restaurants.

    Launched in Copenhagen in 2014, GoBoat opened for business in Canberra in 2017 and around 15,000 people enjoyed seeing Australia's capital from a different perspective in our first season!
    You will check-in at our dedicated kiosk at Kingston, ACT 15 minutes before your booking commencement in order to receive your safety briefing and demonstration. You'll need ot be early because at times we are extremely busy and if you're late you may lose time.
    Once you've received your safety demonstration and instructions, we'll set you sailing on one of our premium, fibreglass, electric-powered picnic boats! Suitable for up to 8 persons (including kids), the boats cruise at around 4 knots (6-7km/h) so you're able to relax and enjoy a picnic or a drink while you're on board.
    We're unable to provide a skipper for your journey, but the boats are very simple to operate (just check out our TripAdvisor reviews), and we always make sure you're comfortable before you set off to explore the sights!
    It'll take you around 15 minutes to sail into Central Basin, where you'll see the National Carillon, the High Court, Questacon, the Captain Cook Memorial Jet and other landmarks that make Canberra famous.
    You'll have time to relax in Central Basin, or for the adventurous you can keep sailing past Commonwealth Avenue, into West Basin, past the National Museum and towards the Canberra Yacht Club and Springbank Island!
    Once your first hour is up, you can turn around and start heading back to Kingston where you can dismbark and enjoy a coffee or a meal from one of the many cafes & restaurants along the foreshore.

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    Highlights of Canberra Full day tour more_vert
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    Witness the wonderful views of Canberra and the region from the top of Mount Ainslie. Visit NCA Exhibition Centre. Be guided through the corridors of power at Australia’s Parliament House. Survey the Parliamentary Triangle & its National Institutions. Explore the Australian War Memorial and experience the moving Last Post Ceremony. All fees included. Personally guided throughout.

    Itinerary
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    Stop At: Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Canberra 2612 Australia

    View Role of Honour, see exhibition spaces and experience Last Post Ceremony

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Australian Parliament House, The Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra 2600 Australia

    Guide tour through Great Hall, and senate and house of representatives chambers

    Duration: 2 hours

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    Private Arrival Transfer from Canberra Airport to Canberra City more_vert
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    Don't go through all the hassle of waiting in a long taxi or shuttles queues and use our private, door to door airport transfer from Canberra Airport. A professional driver will meet you in the arrivals hall holding a plate with your name and take you directly to a designated place in Canberra.
    Choose from two comfortable vehicles to suit your group size: sedan up to 3 people and minivan 4-7 passengers. Thanks to the car size variety, it is an ideal choice for individuals, families and bigger groups. Hope you will enjoy your stay in Canberra!

    With online booking, you can avoid long waiting in taxi queues. As soon as you arrive, your driver will be waiting for you with a welcome board and your name on it. Enjoy the comfort of a private transfer, which means that you will not share a car with anyone apart from your booking. The cars are maximum of 5 years old, drivers are elegant and helpful in order to make your ride as much enjoyable as it can be. Make your transfer also a part of your journey from the moment you arrive in Canberra.

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    Ultimate Museum Experience | Tour (10am or 1pm daily) + Dine + Shop more_vert
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    Discover where Australia's stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia with the Ultimate Museum Experience.
    Join the Museum Highlights Tour (10am or 1pm daily), enjoy a main meal and a drink at our stunning lakeside cafe and indulge at the Museum Shop with a $20 shopping voucher.

    Visit: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent Acton Peninsula, Canberra 2601 Australia

    The National Museum of Australia is where Australia’s stories come alive. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, with a stunning lake-side cafe and one-of-a-kind shop, the Museum provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse history and culture of Australia and its people and is a must see for every visitor to Canberra.
    Present your ticket at the Information Hub on arrival for the Ultimate Museum Experience that includes:
    1) A Museum Highlights Tour (departing at either 10am or 1pm daily). This 1 hour guided tour offers an excellent introduction to the Museum, exploring highlights from each of our permanent galleries.
    2) A main course meal with a local beer or wine at the Museum Cafe. Stunning architecture and spectacular views over Lake Burley Griffin create the perfect place to enjoy delicious seasonal fare or a tempting treat with family and friends.
    3) A $20 shopping voucher to spend at the Museum Shop*. Discover a beautiful range of homewares, glassware, jewellery, Indigenous arts and crafts, toys, books, bath products, giftware and much more - everything we sell has a story to tell.
    *conditions apply

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    First Australians Tour | 3pm Daily more_vert
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    FIRST AUSTRALIANS TOUR departs at 3pm daily.
    Visit the National Museum of Australia and experience the world’s oldest living cultures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The First Australians Tour provides an insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' history, cultures, spirituality and connections to country, with a focus on the First Australians gallery.
    The best way to see and experience the National Museum of Australia is to take a guided tour.  Our highly knowledgeable guides bring the objects to life by explaining the history and stories behind them.  Guided tours in languages other than English are available by advanced notice, please email bookings@nma.gov.au

    Visit: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent Acton Peninsula, Canberra 2601 Australia

    The National Museum of Australia is where Australia’s stories come alive and is a must see for every visitor to Canberra. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the stunning architecture of the Museum provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse history and culture of Australia and its people.
    Present your ticket at the Information Hub on arrival to join the First Australians Tour (departing at 3pm daily). This 1 hour guided tour will take you on a journey through the world's oldest living civilisation as our expert guides provide insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' history, cultures, spirituality and connections to country.
    After the tour, spend some time exploring the Museum. With an exciting calendar of world-class touring exhibitions, events, school holiday programs and festivals, there is always something unique to see and do. Discover fascinating and surprising objects in our collection, visit the Garden of Australian Dreams, explore our stunning location and admire the building’s impressive architecture, relax at our popular lakeside café or indulge in our one-of-a-kind shop.

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    Museum Highlights Tour | 10am & 1pm Daily more_vert
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    MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS TOUR departs at 10am and 1pm daily.
    The best way to see and experience the National Museum of Australia is to take a guided tour. The Museum Highlights Tour offers an excellent introduction to the Museum's galleries and is a great way to enhance your experience at the Museum, especially if you're short on time. Our highly knowledgeable guides bring the objects to life by explaining the history and stories behind them. Guided tours in languages other than English are available by request.

    Visit: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent Acton Peninsula, Canberra 2601 Australia

    The National Museum of Australia is where Australia’s stories come alive and is a must see for every visitor to Canberra. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the stunning architecture of the Museum provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse history and culture of Australia and its people.
    Present your ticket at the Information Hub on arrival to join the Museum Highlights Tour (departing at 10am and 1pm daily). This 1 hour guided tour offers an excellent introduction to the Museum's galleries and is a great way to enhance your experience at the Museum, especially if you're short on time. Explore the collection with our highly knowledgeable guides who will bring the objects to life by explaining the fascinating and surprising history and stories behind them.
    After the tour, spend some time exploring the Museum. With an exciting calendar of world-class touring exhibitions, events, school holiday programs and festivals, there is always something unique to see and do. Explore our stunning location and admire the building’s impressive architecture, relax at our popular lakeside café or indulge in our one-of-a-kind shop.

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    CanBEERa Explorer: Capital Brewery Full-Day Tour more_vert
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    Our Canbeera Explorer tour takes you to 3 great craft breweries across the Canberra and an awesome craft beer pub.
    This tour includes all your transportation, lunch and plenty of fresh craft beer and cider!

    Our Canbeera Explorer tour takes you to three great craft breweries across the Capital and an awesome craft beer pub.
    When: Saturdays, 11am-5pm. 
    Pick up:  11:00am We meet at BentSpoke Brewing Co, 38 Mort St. Braddon.
    Duration: approximately 6+ hours.
    Number of guest per tour: maximum 10 people per tour (contact us for information on larger groups).
    Inclusions: Behind the scenes tours of each brewery, a heap of fun facts about beer, a good number of beer and cider tastings throughout the day, an amazing lunch, transport in our air conditioned buses, snacks and water, and an awesome tour guide.
    What to bring: sturdy enclosed shoes, camera.
    Itinerary
    1. After meeting your guide outside BentSpoke brewpub, it’s off to our first stop, Zierholz Premium Brewery in the industrial suburb of Fyshwick.  Here you will learn all about beer and what goes into making it, with a beer in your hand of course, from the owner and brewer Christoph. With a head full of beer knowledge we get behind the scenes and go deep inside the brewery to see where it all happens.  Out the other side of the brewery and back in the tasting bar, it's time to taste more of their German-inspired beers before we head off to lunch.  
    2.  Lunch is at The Durham Castle Arms at Kingston.  A stalwart of the Canberra pub scene, “the Duzza” has 10 taps of constantly rotating craft beer and hosts regular tap takeovers and beer “fight clubs”. Grab a burger, schnitzel or choose from a range of other tasty lunch options while enjoying a cold beer during our stay.
    3. A short trip back into town takes us to the Wig & Pen Tavern, Canberra’s oldest craft brewery, which opened in 1994.  Here we will chat with head brewer, Alan, explore the brewery, learn about cask conditioning and have a peek in the barrel room.  We then retire to sample more of their wares in the bar, which was once the green room for the Llewellyn Hall concert venue where the brewery now resides.
    4.  With time to squeeze in one more brewery, it’s back to BentSpoke in Braddon.  Opened in 2014 by award-winning brewer Richard Watkins and partner Tracy, marvel at the innovative use of space (not to mention the shiny stainless steel and bicycle-inspired décor) as we sample beers from the seasonally changing 18 taps. With the brewery as a backdrop to the bar, you can even “tour” from the comfort of your table.
    Finish: approximately 5:30pm at BentSpoke Brewing Co in Braddon, which is minutes from many of the area’s fine restaurants for a dinner stop to round out One Great Day.
    Please note, while this is our usual itinerary, the order may change slightly due to brewery operations. Our guides/drivers do everything they can to have you back as close to the drop off time as promised.

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    Capital 3in3 - 3 Craft Beer Hotspots in 3 Hours more_vert
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    Our Capital 3in3 tour takes you to 3 great Capital craft beer hotspots in three hours.  Includes transportation and plenty of fresh craft beer and cider!

    Don’t have time to do a full day tour?  Or you just want to spend a few hours inside some of our best breweries and craft beer venues tasting awesome beer?
    Organising a corporate or team afternoon? Are you a visitor to town looking for an easy, safe way to get inside some breweries and taste the full range of craft beers being brewed? 
    Then our 3 x 3 tour is for you!  Available on Friday afternoons means you can get on board with us, get inside some breweries, experience our local beer scene as part of your other local adventures.
    The 3 in 3 Tour takes you to three great Canberra craft beer locations in three hours. Includes transportation and plenty of fresh craft beer and cider.
    When: Fridays and Saturdays!
    Pick up: 2.00pm inside the Bentspoke Brewery, 8/38 Mort St, Braddon
    Duration: approximately 3 - 4 hours.
    Number of guest per tour: maximum 10 people per tour (contact us for information on larger groups).
    Inclusions: Behind the scenes tours of each brewery, a heap of fun facts about beer, a good number of beer and cider tastings, transport in our air conditioned buses, snacks and water, and an awesome tour guide.
    What to bring: sturdy closed shoes, camera.
    Itinerary
    After meeting at the Brewery, we get behind the scenes of our local beer community.  As our tours take you inside working breweries, the locations we visit can change each day based on brewery operations and bar hours.  We keep our ears to the ground and know what’s going on to ensure you experience working breweries and get to taste our local beer in our best independent pubs.  
    Drop off: approximately 5:30pm , back at Bentspoke Brewery.
    Please note, while this is our usual itinerary, the order may change slightly due to brewery operations. Our guides/drivers do everything they can to have you back as close to the drop off time as promised.

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    Canberra Brewery Winery and Distillery Tour more_vert
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    Can't decide on your favourite beverage and need to satisfy a variety of tastes? A visitor to town looking for an easy, safe way to explore a range of venues and sample some awesome locally produced drinks?
    Then our Triple Treat tour is for you!  Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, you can get on board with us, get behind the scenes of some great venues and experience the best of our Capital's drinks scene.
    The Triple Treat Tour takes you to three great Canberra venues in one great afternoon. Includes transportation and plenty of fresh craft beer, cider, wine and spirits.

    When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday (other days available on request)! 
    Pick up: 1:30pm outside the BentSpoke Brewery, 8/38 Mort St, Braddon
    Duration: approximately 4 hours.
    Number of guest per tour: maximum 10 people per tour (contact us for information on larger groups).
    Inclusions: Behind the scenes tours of each venue, a heap of info about our local producers and their stories, a good number of beer, wine and spirit tastings, transport in our air conditioned buses, snacks and water, and an awesome tour guide.
    What to bring: sturdy closed shoes, camera.
    Itinerary: After meeting at the Brewery, we take you behind the scenes to explore how beer is made and sample some hand-crafted local brews.  From there, we visit a local winery, taste the latest vintage and delve into the wine-making process.  Our final stop is a local distillery, where we indulge in more great local product and learn the art of making great spirits.
    Drop off: approximately 5:30pm , back at BentSpoke Brewery.
    Please note, while this is our usual itinerary, the order may change slightly due to venue operations. Start times are fixed, however drop off times can change slightly depending upon traffic and other factors. Our guides/drivers do everything they can to have you back as close to the drop off time as promised.

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    Canberra Tour from Sydney more_vert
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    A vacation to Australia is not complete without visiting Canberra, the capital of Australia. Located about 180 miles (290 km) from Sydney, this Canberra day trip visits all the major attractions such as the Parliament - the Australian Seat of Government, the War Memorial, the National Museum, the Prime Minister’s Lodge and other important buildings, memorials, museums and art galleries.

    A day trip to Canberra offers a complete and vivid experience of the history, culture, political environment of Australia with some exceptional sightseeing on the way. Admire the modern architecture of the city, meticulous town planning and national monuments that tell the history Australia.
    After departure from Sydney, stop in historic Berrima for morning tea (at own expense). Continue across the Southern Highlands and over the Southern Tablelands and experience panoramic views and natural beauty unique to this region. Wind to the top of Mt Ainslie you'll get a bird’s eye view of Canberra, spread majestically below.
    Join a guided tour at the War Memorial– a tribute to the lost soldiers and get an insight into Australia's war history.
    Next, visit the New Parliament House and take a guided tour through its hallowed precincts. If the parliament is in session, you might be lucky and see the proceedings.
    Then you'll drive past important sites such as the Commonwealth Park, Foreign Embassies, the Prime Minister's Lodge and other places interest including Captain Cook's Memorial and Lake Burly Griffin.
    A guided tour of the fascinating exhibitions at the Australian National Museum will conclude your Canberra day trip

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    Canberra Overnight Tour Departing Sydney more_vert
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    World class attractions, amazing architecture and futuristic planning all play their part in making Canberra one of the world's most modern and progressive cities.
    Explore everything that Canberra has to offer with a guided tour on day one, dorm share accommodation at Canberra City YHA, followed by a day to explore on your own before returning to Sydney with Greyhound.

    Day 1:
    • National Parliament House - You'll feel the might and privilege of our Australian democracy as our guide takes you through this architectural masterpiece costing $1.1 billion. From the inner halls of power to walking on the roof, this is an amazing building!
    • Australian War Memorial - A time of reflection as you discover the legends of Gallipoli, the ANZACs, the sacrifices and losses suffered by Australians in past wars fought around the world.
    • National Museum of Australia -Controversial and popular, Australia's most modern museum has won national awards with its interactive mix of exhibits and displays highlighting Australia's diverse history and culture.
    • National Embassies - We'll take you to Yarralumla, for a close look at many national embassies, each one unique and designed to reflect aspects of the country's culture.
    • Mount Ainslie - Take in the impressive 360-degree views over the capital city and surrounding mountain ranges of Canberra.
    • Wild Kangaroos - We often see wild kangaroos, so we'll be sure to stop for photos!
    • Floriade - from mid-September to mid-October this tour visits the annual flower festival called Floriade instead of the National Museum or National Gallery
    • Canberra City YHA - We drop you off at the YHA about 5.15pm. Settle in and enjoy the world class facilities, swimming pool, sauna, restaurant or bar. The hostel is situated near the city centre if you want to go exploring.
    Day 2:
    • Free Day - A continental breakfast is included before you head out to see the rest of what Canberra has to offer. Why not hire a bike from reception and check out the Lake Burley Griffin or visit the markets. There’s no shortage of museums or free stuff to do.
    • Make your own way to the Jollimont Centre ( 10 min walk from the YHA ) where you will be booked on the Greyhound bus back to Sydney. Service GX907 departs at 2.30pm,this service makes a stop at the Sydney International Airport at 5.30pm before arriving at Central Station, Sydney at 6pm.

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