Destination Guide - Canberra

Canberra’s purpose-built existence had a political conception – after much debate it was deemed the perfect location from which lead the nation, as it is half way between Australia’s biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. While aspects of its planning were centred on its growth as the home of Australian government, there’s more to this city than Parliament House and the politics within it – it’s also a cultural destination. Canberra is home to the National Gallery of Australia and also the Australian War Memorial. The lush parks and gardens also add to its charm.

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar (A$)
Population: 350,000
Time zone: +10
Daylight savings: Last Sunday in October to first Sunday in April
Language: English
Country code: +61
Area code: 02
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM, CDMA

Highlights

  • Parliament House
  • Australian War Memorial
  • National Gallery of Australia

Events

  • 25 January
    Australia Day Live
  • 26 January
    Australia Day

Weather

Canberra experiences cool winters (June to August) with averages around 13°C. Summers (December to February) are sunny and warm with temperatures between 25-30°C.


Getting there and around

The bus services around Canberra are reliable and efficient. There are some great bike paths if you fancy cycling. Taxis and car hire are also good options.

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Travel Insider Canberra suggestions

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Parliament House, Canberra
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See & Do

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Parkes Place, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
+61 2 6240 6411.

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Canberra: Designer city

Canberra bound? Pack a blueprint to its architectural triumphs.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for destinations near Canberra and around New South Wales.

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