Canberra Travel Guide

  • The Australian War Memorial
    The Australian War Memorial
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  • View of Canberra from Telecom Tower
    View of Canberra from Telecom Tower
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  • Sailing on Lake Burley Griffin and Telstra Tower
    Sailing on Lake Burley Griffin and...
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Canberra Highlights

  • Pro
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    AusPinay says…

     rich in culture and history,very educational coming here, lots of fine dining and shopping 

  • Con
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    cybergenic says…

     Cold, boring and really confusing to drive around 

  • In a nutshell
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    kit_mc says…

     How can you miss the National Capital, even if it is the dullest place on earth? 

Canberra Things to Do

  • Australian War Memorial

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION – March 2014 This a summary and introductory review on the Australian War Memorial. On it you will find links to more detailed reviews on aspects of the memorial that I find particularly interesting – lots!. “Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made.”...

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  • The Telstra Tower / Black Mountain

    Probably the most visited (over 430,000 visitors per annum) of the three main “peaks” in Canberra. The other two being Mount Ainslie and Red Hill Lookouts. It is the only one of the three that charges an admission fee. Given vegetation around the base of the tower you will see nothing unless you pay and go up the tower. Once up the tower...

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  • New Parliament House

    Once you have had a look around outside Parliament House (and I recommend you do that before going inside) go inside noting that you must go through airport style security so please, dear readers, no bombs, guns, nail files and the like☺). Once you have passed through security you will immediately be in the very grand entrance hall/foyer...

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Canberra Restaurants

  • Hog's Breath Cafe

    Unsatisfying dining experience. Slow service with an emphasis on drinks. Main meal took almost one hour to arrive. Food is OK. Overall hard to recommend, especially as prices are relatively high. Note that the service at the Hog's Breath in Woden is even slower!

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  • Ali Baba

    Carlo's at Watson - A birthday to forget!. We had won 3 dinners for 2, each to the value of $70 at Carlo's. We were made to feel as if we were 'abusing the system' by having 6 people at one table using 3 separate prize vouchers. We asked if there would be a problem if we sat at 3 tables of 2 and were advised that this would be OK. We subsequently...

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  • Choices Asian Cuisine

    Sammy's restaurant in Civic is always busy as the food is good and the price is reasonable. The vibe is definitely has a quick moving pace. It has the Retro 70 decor. We like the Hawker style noodles. We ordered my favourite dish the Penang style Char Kway Teow, which is rice noodle stir fried with prawns, Chinese sausages, bean sprouts and egg....

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Canberra Nightlife

  • Pubs/Clubs/Bars

    A night at the Mawson club was supposed to be a special event. Visting from Sydney we were not permitted entry to the club unless we were signed in by a member. We had to become members for this one occasion. We believe this is not the same as Sydney and other States where a visitor may sign in as a visitor provided they can prove they live outside...

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  • Casino

    The casino puts on live music with great jazz and blues bands every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm. They also have a nightclub that plays all the best dance music from the 80s and 90s. smart casual

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  • Dining Out

    Both Manuka and Kingston are two of the best spots to get something to eat and catch some music. Plenty of streetside dining choices for all tastes and budgets. Manuka is a bit more upmarket but neither area will break the bank if you check out the prices. Casual works well

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Canberra Transportation

  • Buses

    To celebrate the centenary of Canberra ACTION bus (the city bus service) has launched a free half-hourly bus service which does a loop of all the main tourist sites in the central area of Canberra - the Centenary Loop Route Having examined the route it is excellent with stops at all the key places on the parliamentary triangle and very helpful...

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  • Cars.

    The most common form of getting around the Capital and its surrounds is by private car. Particularly for our family, it is four wheel driving. However, this time, we have changed our gas guzzling Suzuki Grand V6 to a more fuel economical SX4, also a Suzuki. There are several rules regarding four wheel driving and driving in general around...

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  • Canberra International Airport

    While officially called Canberra International Airport there are currently no international passenger flights to or from the airport. As with most airports, airport transport options are limited. The airport is approximately 10kms from the city centre (Civic). Note that the airport is currently being expanded and departure points listed below...

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Canberra Shopping

  • Markets

    I wasn’t sure whether to write about this under “Things to do” or “Shopping” or indeed “Restaurants” as there is a bit of each. Some might say not a lot of anything but I will explain. I’ve decided break it into two - Things to Do where I will comment on the Canberra Contemporary Art Space a small but oft-time interesting Art Gallery, and Shopping...

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  • Civic Centre

    Civic centre is a great place to do shopping in Canberra. The centre holds two major department stores, a discount department store, major supermarket and over 200 unique specialty outlets, restaurant and bars. The city centre was officially established in 1927. It was meant to be called Civic Centre from Walter Burley Griffin's plan with a...

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  • Outer Suburbs

    there are rows of shops in the gold creek village that sell amazing things for the house.there is also a shop selling wedding things. Cute things for the house,clocks,furniture,lights,lamp shades,garden things,clothes,linen,christmas decorations,books and what not! average to above average

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Canberra Local Customs

  • Driving, Road Rules

    I noticed that in Canberra, above all other cities in Australia, Ute drivers had something to say. In particular, this driver's vehicle was a rolling billboard, although he had so many messages, I didn't know what he was really trying to say. This vehicle is called a Ute, which is short for Utility Vehicle. Shorter than a pickup truck, but normally...

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  • Dress

    Canberra is the seat of the Australian Government and as such the dress code in Canberra is a little more formal than in other cities in the country. For business people it is the norm for both men and women to wear suits.

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  • Festivals, markets

    The day we were in Canberra (Feb 2005), we were lucky to catch the start of a 10 day multicultural festival, held in one of the main squares of the city. There was free entertainment by travelling acts and members of the region's multicultural community, a street parade featuring representatives from what must have been all of Canberra's different...

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Canberra Warnings and Dangers

  • Crime

    Thankfully this is not a warning but rather a message to put your mind at ease when visiting Canberra. Australia and Australian cities are amongst the safest travel locations in the world. Canberra, the Capital of Australia and oft described as a big country town, is very safe from a visitor perspective with one small exception which would not...

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  • Wildlife

    There is a great opportunity for visitors to Canberra to se over 500 Eastern Grey kangaroos within minutes of the Canberra City! Just travel down Ginninderra Drive from the city and turn into Baldwin Drive, the driveway to the Belconnen Naval Transmitter Station is about 2km up the road on the left. You wont be allowed into the site but there are...

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  • Traffic

    Car Parking, this was one place where we drove round and round! There is a large underground car park beneath the Forecourt of the building with a time limit of three hours, but this was completely full. Outside, and the are plenty of parking bays, but these were all full too, unless you wanted to walk a long way, which my husband couldn't do...

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Canberra Tourist Traps

  • Tours

    The Canberra Tours! This Canberra tourist bus service is what you can call a real tourist trap. All things they offer you can do by foot or by public transport. Its amazing they don't even offer you to see the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, the Canberra Deep Space Centre (also in Tidbinbilla) and not even mention the Telstra Tower; The Canberra...

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  • Public Transport

    Public Transport in Canberra looks good but can be quite difficult. We wanted to Visit Telstra Tower but without a car it was almost impossible. Either a 1 hour uphill walk or a $20 return taxi fare. No buses run to the Black Mountain lookout. National parks are also very poorly serviced by Public transport. Why not try visiting Mt Ainslee, there...

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  • Museum of Australian Democracy - Old...

    Please note that while I do not like the Museum of Australian Democracy component of Old Parliament House I highly recommend you visit Old Parliament House – simply as Old Parliament House.In writing about Old Parliament House I stated: “Unfortunately this magnificent attraction in under-going something of an identity crisis and for whatever reason...

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Canberra What to Pack

  • Clothing.

    Any trip especially to the snowy mountains require a lot of planning and preparation. BEWARE that even in the most pleasant mountain weather, temperature can change drastically! Make sure you use a sturdy, waterproof backpack preferably or quality luggage which can easily be slung on your shoulders to keep your hands free to hold other things!...

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  • Luggage

    Good luggage, that you don't need to carry. Wheels are great.. Just keep in mind that Canberra can get very cold during the cooler time of year. The Snowy Mountains are not very far from here.

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  • Sunblock, RID & Condoms

    Condoms~ If you are a single guy looking for a punt in fyshwick red light area. Always use condoms in any sexual act. It is a requirment for all men to wear condoms in sex services Sunblock. Always put on sunblock when going outside. UV levels get really high around spring & SummerRID keeps mosquitoes & flies off your body in the hotter months...

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Canberra Off The Beaten Path

  • Outer Towns and Suburbs

    Pialligo is a Canberra suburb beside the airport. Contains an approx km long strip of nice garden centres most of which have gift shops and quite good quality cafes. Cafes very popular especially at weekends when bookings are recommended. I especially recommend the cafe at Rodney's garden centre. Cafes generally open for breakfast and lunch as per...

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  • National Parks / Reserves

    The Camel’s Hump walk is the longest and overall the hardest (though the Nils Desperandum walk , for instance, has harder sections) of the marked walks within the Reserve. There are two suggested ways of getting there with one departing from the Visitors Centre (19kms return) and the other leaving from the Mountain Creek car park (11.6kms return)....

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  • Tourist Attractions

    You won’t find The Cotter Loop mentioned in the tourist brochures, that is the name used by vehicle enthusiasts, who love this excellent driver's road. It refers to the road trip out from Canberra past Mount Stromlo, The Cotter, Canberra Deep Space Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (see following tips) and back via the old village of Tharwa. All...

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Canberra Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking, walking

    There are so many hills that are around canberra where you could hike.Hiking is a good way of enjoying the abundant natural beauty around here.The kangaroos running wild with their joeys would add fun to your hiking experience.

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  • Motorcycle Tours

    There’s a saying that the best thing about Canberra is that it is so close to everything else – whether it’s the mountains, snow, coast, country or Sydney. This journey lets you experience up close, much that makes Canberra a great starting point. It was a lovely leisurely trip with every type of scenery. Rolling hillside from Braidwood to the top...

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  • Go fishing

    Fishing is popular in the ACT, where the lakes and the Murrumbidgee river below Scrivener Dam (the dam holding the lake in place) are all open for fishing at all times. There are regulations about catching some fish, so check the website below for details - apart from that, get out there and look for that big trout!

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Canberra Favorites

  • History/Location

    Walter Burley Griffin originated this term, which refers to the area between Parliament House and the lake, flanked by Commonwealth Avenue on the west and Kings Avenue to the east. As a visitor, it is important that you should understand that the buildings here are entirely of national significance - they are here for the nation and in general...

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  • Parks / Gardens / Lakes

    Of course, Floriade is also about people; about the charming little girl with the great hat I spotted running around who just made my shot of the playground; the guy I met who was involved in the first ski resort in Kashmir; the old lady with the walker who was just happy to be there; the artist who was in a nice place, mentally and physically....

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  • New Parliament House

    Visit Parliament House...it's the home of Australia's Federal Parliament. You can go inside and look around or you can get a free tour. Once when I went I had a broken ankle and they gave me a wheelchair to use for the day...I must admit, it did make it harder to get around but we still managed to see everything. Phone: 02 62775399 Web:...

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