Australia's capital city, Canberra is a beautiful holiday destination steeped in national history and culture. Showcasing some of the country's most recognised icons, Canberra is celebrated as a rare planned city, one of few in the world. Boasting a city in a park, Canberra itself is a lovely destination and the surrounding region features over 30 wineries, historic townships, quiet coastlines, lush southern highlands and the alpine roof. With so much to see, do and experience, Canberra continues to draw both international and interstate visitors year after year.
Canberra is a welcoming city offering accommodation to cater to all travellers and budgets. Experience the city in style with a range of five star, boutique and heritage listed hotels and motels. There are also a variety of self-contained and services apartments for business or leisure travellers that offer all the comforts of home. For the budget-savvy traveller, Canberra has a number of conveniently located backpacker and hotel style accommodation options while the homely, personal touch of bed and breakfast accommodation is always a popular choice for those on extended stays. For an authentic experience, why not spend your time at a rural farmstay, country or bush retreat? All this and more is within an hour's drive of Canberra.
Canberra is not just a beautifully designed city, many visitors flock to the capital each year to experience Australian identity, culture, history, Indigenous heritage, politics, art, sport, flora and fauna. Home to a number of national celebrations, there are also a long list of Canberra activities. Soak up the significance of the impressive Parliament House, The War Memorial, The National Gallery and The High Court of Australia or discover what the universe holds at The Questacon Science Centre and Mount Stromlo Observatory. The Telstra Tower and Lake Burley Griffin are also popular attractions. Canberra is also the ideal stopover on your way to or from the popular ski fields of Thredbo or Perisher.
The name Canberra is derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning "meeting place". Canberra has the unusual attribute of being completely planned and designed before its construction commenced in 1913. Even the lake surrounding the city was purpose built. Canberra will celebrate its centenary as the nation's capital in 2013. Canberra is home to around 347,000 people.