Our Canberra accommodation is perfect for exploring this fascinating city, which was chosen as Australia's capital in 1908 and fully planned in 1912 by Walter Burley Griffin, the winner of an international design competition. Europeans first settled the Canberra area in the 1830s, on the lands of the Indigenous Ngunnawal people, and Canberra's name is thought to mean 'meeting place', derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra.
There is so much to do while staying in one of our Canberra hotels: take a step back into Australian political history at Old Parliament House, which acted as the home of federal government from 1927 to 1988; tour the current home of federal politics, Parliament House; see Phar Lap's abnormally large heart displayed at the National Museum of Australia; research your family tree or browse through Parliamentary papers and war service records at the National Archives; admire portraits of influential Australians at the National Portrait Gallery; pay your respects at the National War Memorial; immerse yourself in art at the National Gallery of Australia; spark your quest for knowledge at Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre; or see where champions are trained at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Canberra has two main football teams, which are the NRL Canberra Raiders, and the country's most successful Super 14 team, the ACT Brumbies. Both teams share the same home ground - Canberra Stadium (formerly known as Bruce Stadium), for which we have all your accommodation needs covered, with our range of hotels near Canberra Stadium.
Our Canberra accommodation is a great base to enjoy one of Canberra's many annual festivals including: The Royal Canberra Show in February, with 5000 animals and 450 trade displays; the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival in April; the National Folk Festival across the Easter weekend; and the 30 day flower festival of Floriade in August and September.
While staying in our Canberra hotels, take a two hour scenic drive to explore the nearby high country of the Snowy Mountains. The Snowy Mountains is Australia's favourite winter playground, internationally renowned for its ski slopes, but the area also offers many summer activities including hiking, horse riding and fishing. If you are looking for more than just a day trip out of Canberra, check out our great rates on Snowy Mountains accommodation.
Our Canberra accommodation also makes a great base for exploring the 30 wineries of the Canberra Wine District, which extends eastward from Yass to Lake George. Or to tour the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales, and if you're looking to stay on the coast, check out our great rates on South Coast accommodation. Why not, when you can Wotif?