Often overlooked, yet full of surprises, Canberra is Australia’s cool capital city.
The Aboriginal meaning of the word Canberra is ‘meeting place’ and this sums up the capital city perfectly. Home to approximately 390,000 people, the city sees government officials rubbing shoulders with a booming student population. The outcome is a vibrant, cosmopolitan destination.
Holidays to Canberra offer plenty to fill several days worth of sightseeing. A burgeoning food scene, cultural attractions and important landmarks; there’s nowhere else in Australia quite like it.
Canberra was designed by architect and visionary Walter Burley Griffin in 1911. It’s one of Australia’s youngest cities, and also one of the most pleasing to the eye. Surrounded by farmland, forest and cradled by the snow-capped Australian Alps; the city has nature on its doorstep. We recommend venturing to one of the many lookouts outside the city such as Mount Ainslie. The city views from the top are spectacular so remember to take your camera up too.
If you enjoy a trip to a museum, or several, a visit to Canberra is for you. The capital’s museum and gallery scene boast some of Australia’s best collections. Start in the uber-modern National Museum Australia, followed by the National Portrait Gallery and onto the kid-friendly interactive exhibits of Questacon. Then for a breath of fresh air, there’s the beautiful Australian National Botanic Gardens. With over 6,000 different native plant species and the Rainforest Gully – a mist-filled valley of plants from the rainforests of Australia’s eastern coastline – the gardens are a must-see.
A 45-minute drive into the Australian Capital Territory region brings you to the quiet wilderness of Namadgi National Park. Keen walkers can set off on the seven-day Great Alpine Walk, or part of it. Alternatively, watch out for kangaroos on a 4WD tour or why not take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride?
There really is much more to this petite and pretty city than its capital status. Visit Canberra and you’re sure to be enlightened.