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In 1901, Australia needed a capital. Parliament was sitting in Melbourne, but a fresh site was to be selected and carefully planned. In 1912, Walter Burley Griffin scribbled a sketch on a napkin and eventually won the competition to design this perfect political debating ground—yes, the man is a genius.
All that planning wasn’t a bad thing. With tons of green spaces, picturesque riverside landscapes and roads that actually make sense, Canberra is a capital city that manages to have a small-town feel. The only thing you’ll find more well thought out will be all the little touches at Canberra boutique hotels—which combine to create the holiday of a lifetime.
You can always count on a capital city for museums, memorials and architecture, and Canberra definitely delivers. Get a dose of history and politics at the Parliament House, where the real “high”-light is the 81m flagpole. Canberra is also home to not just one, but three museums with “national” in the name: the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and National Portrait Gallery. Trust us, all three are must-visit museums.
Much like the city lives up to its expectations as a capital, boutique hotels in Canberra live up to theirs as well. Top-notch service, designer décor and personalised touches are all part of the deal at places like QT Canberra—not to mention a location right in the heart of the city.
If you’d rather stay away from the fray but still want all the top amenities, consider a spot like Aria Hotel Canberra. Located in the northern neighbourhood of Dickson, this Canberra boutique accommodation offers free self-parking, so you can easily return from your adventures. Plus, Dickson is a hip area in its own right—you’ll find shopping, dining and nightlife without even leaving the Dickson Centre pedestrian mall.
If all that exploring has you feeling hungry, we’ve got two words for you: yabby jaffle. What’s that? No idea what that is? A yabby is a type of crayfish, a jaffle is a stuffed sandwich and yes, Canberra might be the only place where this marvellous concoction exists. Even the best boutique hotels in Canberra will probably give you the side-eye if you ask for this, so you’ll have to try one at Monster Kitchen and Bar.
Once you’ve got some yabby in your jaffle, it’s time to get some pep in your step. After all, even politicians need to let loose sometimes! For a one-stop shop that’s got craft cocktails, fresh beer and live music, just dance those feet down to Garema Place in the CBD. With secret speakeasies and sleek modern lounges, you can easily imagine those politicians wheeling and dealing here before a night out on the town.
We know one thing: There’s no wheeling and dealing required to get great deals on boutique Canberra hotels. You’ve already found them, right here on Wotif! Just browse through the awesome amenities and loads of reviews and pick the one that’s right for you. Then get ready to see Canberra from one sweet viewpoint: the lap of luxury.