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Canberra Holidays

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.

What to do in Canberra

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Canberra.

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Places to stay in Canberra

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Canberra holiday.

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Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD) 

    Language: English

    Time difference: GMT +10

    Flying time: approx. 25 hours + 1 stop

    Airport: Canberra Airport (code: CBR)

    Departure tax: included in the cost of your airline ticket

    Visa: all visitors to Australia (except New Zealand citizens) with a British passport require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor visa. This enables you to stay in the country for up to three months. Your Travel Designer can organise your visa at the time of booking.

    Best time to visit Canberra

    Unlike other parts of the country, Canberra experiences four distinct seasons.

    High season: summer (Dec to Feb)

    • Temperatures range from 13-27°C.
    • Explore Canberra’s parks, lakes and reserves in its warm, dry summer months.

    Shoulder season: autumn and spring (Mar to May and Sep to Nov)

    • Autumn temperatures range from 10-20°C.
    • Spring temperatures range from 6-19°C.
    • Both beautiful seasons to visit Canberra when the city's gardens and parks are brimming with autumnal colours or spring blooms. 

    Low season: winter (Jun to Aug)

    • Temperatures range from 1-12°C.
    • Winters can be chilly in Canberra so remember to pack your scarf and gloves.
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    Getting to Canberra

    Start your Australian adventure in the country’s capital with Singapore Airlines. Fly from London to Singapore and onwards to Canberra on the airline’s Capital Express route. With four direct services each week from Singapore, you can spend a few nights in this sensational stopover city before heading to the capital. The airline also offers direct flights from Canberra to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. On arrival, the state-of-the-art Canberra Airport provides all the amenities you need including an international lounge, car hire services and good transport links into the city. What’s more, it’s only a 10-minute drive into the city centre, so no long transfer once you touch down.

    Check out our Singapore stopover page to discover what this vibrant Asian city has to offer.

    Approximate flying times:

    • Sydney to Canberra = 45 minutes
    • Melbourne to Canberra = 1 hour
    • Perth to Canberra = 3 hours 50 minutes

    Getting around Canberra

    A compact city, Canberra is an easy place to explore on foot with the majority of its museums and galleries just streets away from one another. If you’re looking for something slightly more strenuous, there are plenty of bushwalking opportunities on the city’s outskirts. With a reputation as the cycling capital of Australia, exploring Canberra on two wheels is another way to take in the city’s scenic sights. Alternatively, for those short on time, the ACTION Bus Tourist Loop service (Routes 81/981) is the ideal way to tick off Canberra’s top attractions including the Australian National Botanic Gardens, National Museum of Australia, Parliament House, and many more. When you’re ready to continue on to your next destination, a self-drive is one of the best ways to experience the real Australia.

    Approximate driving times:

    • Canberra to Sydney = 3 hours
    • Canberra to Melbourne = 6 hours 30 minutes
    • Canberra to Adelaide = 12 hours