Edged by mountain ranges, Canberra is a planned city built on a vast limestone. Canberra is Australia’s national capital – seat of the Federal parliament and home to many institutions and national monuments. Four distinct seasons add to its charm and visitors quickly discover that it really is Australia’s ‘hidden gem'. The surrounding countryside contains historic and picturesque rural villages and a burgeoning cool-climate wine industry.

Facts

Population

350,000

Currency

Australian Dollar (AUD) $1 = 100 cents

Opening hours

Many shops are open seven days a week (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) from 9am and 5.30pm although hours vary. On Friday nights shops are open until 9pm.

Newspapers

Daily Telegraph Sydney Morning Herald The Australian Canberra Times

Tourist information

Canberra and Region Visitor Centre 330 Northbourne Ave, Dickson Opening hours: 9am-5pm weekdays, 9am-4pm weekends +61 2 1300 554 114

Travel to Canberra

Book your flights to Canberra with Etihad Airways to see a fully planned city with beautifully designed artificial lakes and many tourist attractions, custom built to make it as attractive a destination as possible.

Top 5 Things To Do in Canberra

  • Explore Lake Burley Griffin on a cruise boat, paddleboat or take a relaxing stroll or bike ride around its massive perimeter
  • Attend one of the many museums in the city, filled to bursting with interesting curios from Australia’s deep and rich heritage
  • Climb the Black Mountain Tower for a full view over the city, an incredible sight to behold be it daytime or after dark
  • Spend a night observing the heavens at the newly refurbished Mount Stromlo Observatory, the best in the country, which reopened in 2011 after bush fire damage in 2003
  • Take a wine tasting tour round the many vineyards surrounding Canberra, many of which feature prominent vintages

Plan Your Canberra Holiday

When booking tickets to Canberra, particularly for those coming from the northern hemisphere, it’s important to remember the switching of the seasons. December is in the heart of summer and a perfect time to visit the city as the sun brings out its full beauty. However, this is also during the peak season when thousands of families, backpackers, and holidaymakers travel to the city for their winter holidays.

With its dry climate throughout the year, anytime is a good time to travel to Canberra, for visitors looking for cheap hotels, booking during the off-peak season outside of December to February is recommended. The city is calmer and the local attractions are more accessible. Always remember to book as far in advance as possible when attending any events and check out our Deals section for the best flight deals to Canberra.

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