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Canberra

If you are looking for the perfect place to reconnect with friends and family, plan a vacation to Canberra. Here you'll find an alluring range of natural and cultural attractions.

Visitors to this part of Australian Capital Territory share space with about 370,000 residents.

If you're here with the whole family, take the time to explore the area's wonderful child-friendly activities. Let the kids choose from the Royal Australian Mint, Big Splash Waterpark and the Canberra Merry-Go-Round.

You and your family can take plenty of great photos of the exotic creatures at the National Zoo and Aquarium and the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Get involved in some educational programs at Canberra Walk in Aviary to finish off your zoological triple play.

This region's vineyards sure know how to delight the senses. Meet the passionate cellar masters, sample the latest vintage and enjoy a fantastic day out at the Mount Majura Vineyard or the Brindabella Hils Winery. Should those wineries give you a taste for more, head for the Wallaroo Wines, Hall and the Surveyor's Hill Winery.

Admire the eclectic mix of plants on display when you and your friends go to the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Tulip Top Gardens. Many travelers also enjoy going for a wander around the Floriade and the National Rose Gardens.

Pack a picnic hamper and take it easy for a while in the tranquil, green surroundings of City Hill and Glebe Park. You'll also find plenty of room for a game or two on the grass at King's Park and Commonwealth Park.

Whether you're in need of a certain map or a few local tips, the knowledgeable staff at Canberra and Region Visitors Centre are there to help.

Gaze out over the still water, do a bit of bird-watching and check for any water-based activities at Dalhousie Mound Springs and Lake Burley Griffin.

If you want to find somewhere nice to sit down and relax for a while, spend some time at Waddy Point. You'll happen upon locals and tourists enjoying the replenishing ocean water and picturesque views.

Switch off your phone and take a break from the stresses of the modern world at Mount Ainslie and Namadgi National Park. Stromlo Forest Park and Booroomba Rocks Walk are also popular among nature-loving locals.

See the world in a different light with a visit to one of the area's wonderfully curated cultural spaces. The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and the Museum of Australian Democracy offer a range of displays and collections that are sure to capture your interest. The National Film & Sound Archive and the Australian Federal Police Museum are also well worth a visit.

Hear about modern science and natural history by taking a tour of one of the science museums. The Questacon, Mount Stromblo Observatory and the Questacon – National Science & Technology Centre are a must see for those into everything scientific.

All those interested in natural science and history will enjoy spending an afternoon discovering the specimens and objects at the National Dinosaur Museum.

If you're after art, step inside some of the local exhibit spaces. Alluring pieces are waiting at the National Gallery of Australia, the Canberra Museum and Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.

By shining a light on history, the National Museum of Australia and the National Capital Exhibition help pave the way for our future.

The Australian War Memorial and Old Parliament House are certainly worth visiting, even if you're not a passionate history buff. When it comes to days of old, there's always something else to know. The Albert Hall and High Court of Australia are two more great places to check out.

Whether you consider yourself spiritual or not, you're sure enjoy an afternoon at the ACT Baha'i Centre and Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas. Canberra Baptist Church and the Canberra Mosque are also popular sacred sites.

This region's most popular sights can overshadow its less renowned, but equally fascinating attractions. A couple of great places to begin with are the National Library of Australia and Civic Square. Also, contemplate visiting Anzac Parade and Federation Square if you can squeeze it in.


Guide to Exploring Canberra


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Mantra MacArthur Hotel

Mantra MacArthur Hotel

219 Northbourne Avenue, Turner
4.1
of 5, from 17 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Northern Canberra, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Australian War Memorial and Canberra Stadium. National Museum of Australia and Australian National Botanic Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$141
Capital Executive Apartment Hotel

Capital Executive Apartment Hotel

108 Northbourne Ave, Braddon
4.0
of 5, from 3,943 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canberra Centre, Canberra Theatre Centre, and Australian National University.

$171
Novotel Canberra

Novotel Canberra

65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
4.3
of 5, from 2,867 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Canberra hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of City Hill, Canberra Centre, and Lake Burley Griffin. Australian War Memorial and National Museum of Australia are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$112
Pavilion on Northbourne

Pavilion on Northbourne

242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson
4.2
of 5, from 4,694 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Northern Canberra, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Australian War Memorial and Australian National Botanic Gardens. Canberra Stadium and National Museum of Australia are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$140
Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

8 National Circuit, Barton
4.2
of 5, from 1,053 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Archives of Australia and Old Parliament House. National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$145
Burbury Hotel & Apartments

Burbury Hotel & Apartments

1 Burbury Close, Barton
4.5
of 5, from 1,596 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Capital Hill, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manuka Oval, Old Parliament House, and Parliament House. National Gallery of Australia and National Museum of Australia are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$133
Forrest Hotel and Apartments

Forrest Hotel and Apartments

30 National Circuit, Forrest
4.0
of 5, from 1,533 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Capital Hill, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manuka Shopping Centre, Parliament House, and Old Parliament House. National Gallery of Australia is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

$120
Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport

Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport

1 Rogan Place, Canberra Airport
4.4
of 5, from 368 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Pialligo Estate and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Australian Defence Force Academy. Australian War Memorial and Old Parliament House are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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