The city of Canberra, capital of Australian Capital Territory, was designed by American architect Walter Burley Griffin, with the land being bought in 1911, and the majority of the cities development occurring after World War II. The city hosts fabulous architecture and large green areas with around 12 million trees, well outnumbering its population of 308,086.
Canberra is an incredible base to explore the many treasures of the surrounding region. Explore historic townships, natural wonders, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains. So give yourself enough time to remain longer and enjoy all the nation's capital has to offer.
You can learn more about Canberra’s history and Australia’s history at the city’s national museums and attractions. See the country and people through the eyes of the artists, and experience Australian character through sound and film, books and exhibitions.
Canberra is surrounded by hills and greenland making it a great place for bushwalking, cycling and skiing. There are a wide rang of National Parks within the Canberra region, which are worth visiting.
Canberra is home to Government, where you can visit Government House, Parliament House, Old Parliament House, The National Gallery of Australia and The Australian National Botanic Gardens. As well as offering a full range of culture and history the city also offers a lively entertainment scene, including its theatres and cinemas.
The city surrounds Lake Burley Griffin, a beautiful but artificial lake. The city is to the North of the lake, with the main road running through it being Northbourne Avenue. Off of this you will find the main shopping areas, banks, post offices and bus terminals.
Commonwealth Avenue links to Northbourne Avenue crossing the lake. The main tourist attractions are on the triangle, made up of Commonwealth Avenue, Constitution Avenue and Kings Avenue. One of the most popular ways to view Canberra is on a Hot Air Balloon flight.
There is also a large range of tourist accommodation available around Canberra, mainly being hotels, although there are also a few bed and breakfasts, hostels and campsites.