Canberra is a fitting name for the nation’s capital, as Canberra is derived from the Aboriginal word “Kamberra” meaning “meeting place”- and Canberra sure it that. Each year, millions of people travel to Canberra to experience its vibrant, cosmopolitan nature paired with national, historical and cultural attractions. This city has show-stopping monuments such as the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the beautifully laid out garden city.
The Bush Capital has, within its city limits, Black Mountain, Red Hill, Mount Ainslie, Majura, Taylor and Pleasant – all wonderful places to roam around. Within a 45-minute drive of Canberra is Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve where native animals, including kangaroos and emus, roam free.
The summers are hot and dry with temperatures up to 27 C (80 F). Winters are cold with occasional fog and frost and temperatures that range between 1 and 12 C (30 and 50 F).
Christmas/New Year period and school holidays are high season.
There’s not really a bad time to visit Canberra, but spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are most pleasant, weather-wise.
Car-hire companies and taxi services are available at the airport. The Airport Express Bus runs multiple times daily.
Most of the tourist attractions are clustered around the lake – the “Parliamentary Triangle” and are easy walking distance of each other. There’s also a fantastic network of walking paths and trails.
Biking around Canberra is a great way to experience the city. There’s a good network of shared paths and on-road cycling lanes.
ACTION operates Canberra’s buses and the buses run daily.
Taxis and rental cars are readily available.
The Canberra City Explorer runs daily, servicing multiple stops within the city. Enjoy this 90 minute tour with commentary or hop on and off to explore the city on your own schedule.