Tucked into the southeast corner of New South Wales is the Australian Capital Territory. Named so because—yup, you guessed it. The nation’s capital city of Canberra is located here.
But don’t think that just because this is the home of the country’s government, it isn’t a lively place to visit. Quite the contrary. Just wait until you speed down Mount Stromo on two wheels, or listen to tunes at the folk festival…or do any number of amazing things, really.
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Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance
Leg One of your journey will involve a flight landing at Canberra Airport (CBR), 8km from the central business district. Hop in a taxi or ride the shuttle to your downtown accommodation or any of Wotif’s hotels near Canberra International Airport.
So Hungry, You Could Eat a…
We’re willing to bet you’re hungry right about now. If we’re right, make your way to Canberra Centre and explore the food court. You’ll find plenty of dining options, ranging from Mexican to Asian and Italian. Just think about it—you can get a couple of tacos with a side of fried rice and a cannoli for dessert. Now that’s what we call a threesome.
If you’re looking for a more high-end dining experience, this city is no slouch. Many of the hotels in Canberra are within walking distance of fantastic restaurants along the London Circuit. Indian, Mediterranean, Vietnamese...it’s all there.
Fun with the Family
Are the kids coming along for your Canberra holiday? If they are, take them to the Questacon, a science and technology centre on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin. Check out the Awesome Earth exhibit and experience the raw power of the planet in the earthquake simulator. Next, head into the science theatre and catch a show from Questacon’s in-house theatre troupe. Yes, comedy and technology go together. How many programmers does it take to change a lightbulb? None. It’s a hardware problem. Hahahaha!
After learning the ins and outs of science (but before heading back to your Canberra accommodation), take the kids back in time at the National Dinosaur Museum. They’ll be able to hang out in the Dinosaur Garden, where full-size fibreglass models of gigantic lizards like Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops decorate the garden. You can even get a picture of the little ones inside the jaws of a T-Rex. Supposedly they like 8-year olds as an appetiser.
Feeling Adventurous, Are You?
When you’re on holiday, you’ve got to go on a bush walk. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is perfect just such an outing. There are over 20 marked trails to meander down, ranging from 10-minute strolls to all-day hikes. You’ll love seeing kangaroos and koalas roaming around in their natural habitat. Just remember, you can’t bring one home as a pet.
We know how comfortable Canberra hotels can be, but you’ve got at least one more outdoor adventure in you. How does racing through sloping trails on a 21-speed mountain bike tickle your fancy? If it sounds dandy, make your way to Mount Stromlo and pedal your way along 35km of cross country single trails.
If you’re feeling the need for speed, head for lower elevations on the downhill track. Hopefully the brake cables are still connected.
Festivals, Fairs and More, Oh My
Does the sound of mandolins, acoustic guitars and banjos make you feel all giddy inside? If you answered yes, book accommodation in Canberra at the end of March so you can attend the National Folk Festival at Exhibition Park. Good luck picking your favourite act out of the 220+ that perform.
We think one of the greatest things humans ever did was combine food and wine. If you’re nodding in agreement, you’ll want to book hotels near the National Convention Centre in the middle of February, so you can take part in the Canberra Food & Wine Expo.
Obviously you’ll be able to sample wines from all over the continent, but don’t forget about the breweries, whiskey distilleries and a seemingly endless number of food vendors to taste. Have fun getting back to your Canberra hotel after a long day of scarfing down delicious grub and spirits.
Get Going Already
Believe us, we’d like to tell you more about the country’s capital city, but this is all we’ve got. Don’t worry, it’s enough. Don’t even waste your time trying to find a better Canberra travel guide, because it doesn’t exist. At least not on this planet.
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