Destination Guide: Canberra

Canberra Travel Tips

Things to do in Canberra

THINGS TO DO IN CANBERRA

Discover an incredible concentration of major landmarks in one master-planned city when you visit Australia’s capital city, Canberra!

Places to visit in Canberra

With cultural and national treasures on virtually every corner, Canberra is a must-do destination. Plan a picnic at scenic Lake Burley Griffin, and then explore one of these nearby landmarks!

Parliament House

Get to know your Australian politics at Parliament House, the focal point that the rest of Canberra was built around. Visit the meeting place of the nation to see democracy in action.

Australian War Memorial

Lest we forget. Discover the Anzac spirit and honour the sacrifices and achievements of Australians at war when you visit one of the nation’s most important landmarks.

National Zoo & Aquarium

Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium offers one of the most unique zoo experiences in the world. Stay overnight and meet some of the most dangerous and endangered species on earth!

National Gallery of Australia

Australia’s national art museum holds more than 166,000 pieces, including Jackson Pollock’s famous ‘Blue Poles’ and the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

National Museum of Australia

An architectural marvel on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Museum of Australia is where Australia’s stories come to life. See more than 210,000 objects representing Australia’s history and culture.

Telstra Tower

Rising 195.2m (640.4ft) above the summit of Black Mountain, Telstra Tower offers spectacular 360 degree views of the Canberra region, day or night.

Accommodation in Canberra

Our buses are just the beginning. We’ve teamed up with the best hostel providers in Australia to offer flexible passes and packages that make it a breeze to secure quality accommodation that won’t break the bank, no matter where your journey takes you!

Popular accommodation options in Canberra include the Canberra City YHA.

YHA Dreamcatcher Pass

Available from 7 to 28 nights, the YHA Dreamcatcher Pass allows you to pre-purchase your accommodation without locking in the dates. It can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at Canberra City YHA and more than 70 other YHA hostels around Australia.

Canberra City YHA
7 Akuna St
Canberra ACT 2601

 

Travel & Accommodation Packages

Want more travel and accommodation options? Packaging our Whimit Travel Pass with two of the best hostel providers in Australia, we’ve created the perfect Travel & Accommodation packages for any traveller!

 

How to get to Canberra

With more than 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Here are our most popular routes to Canberra!

How to get around Canberra

Once your Greyhound bus to Canberra arrives at the Jolimont Centre on Northbourne Avenue, you’ll find it’s a breeze to get around town, due to the strategic town planning that went into its creation.

Most of Canberra’s major attractions – including Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Australian War Memorial and Questacon, the national science and technology centre – surround Lake Burley Griffin, and are all within walking distance of one another. You can take a self-guided walking tour to explore Canberra and its scenic surrounds!

Canberra also has an extensive bike lane network, with cycling paths throughout the city, as well as off-road mountain bike trails. You can hire a bike and use your pedal-power to see Canberra.

Canberra has an extensive inner-city public bus service called ACTION, which connects all of the city’s suburbs and major tourist attractions. ACTION buses use the MyWay smartcard prepaid ticketing system; MyWay cards can be purchased from 30 recharge agents around the city.

The free city loop (route 101) is a great way to get around the centre of the city, and departs every 10 minutes between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday.

ACTION also has a tourist loop service which operates seven days a week and stops at the Australian War Memorial, Museum of Australian Democracy, Parliament House, National Museum of Australia, National Zoo and Aquarium, and Australian National Botanic Gardens. The tourist loop service departs from the City Bus Station in downtown Canberra and travels in two directions – clockwise (route 81) and anti-clockwise (route 981).

To plan your trip around Canberra with ACTION, you can use their Journey Planner.

There are also a number of taxi services that operate within Canberra – these can be hailed on the street or at taxi ranks, or by pre-ordering over the phone and online. Pre-ordering is recommended if you have more than four passengers, to ensure a suitably sized vehicle is available.

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