Canberra Travel Guide

  • The Australian War Memorial
    The Australian War Memorial
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    View of Canberra from Telecom Tower
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    Sailing on Lake Burley Griffin and...
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Canberra Things to Do

  • Australian War Memorial

    5 out of 5 stars

    The Hall of Valour, symbolically positioned directly underneath the resting place of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial, “honours the deeds of ordinary Australians under the extraordinary conditions of war.” It specifically recognizes the ninety-nine Australians who have won the Victoria Cross and the nine service personnel...

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  • New Parliament House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    There are not many statues of Queen Elizabeth II around the world. If Wikipedia is to be believed - nine, and two of these are in Australia. One is in Brisbane and is rather unique in that it is the only statue in the world of the Queen holding a handbag. The other one is here in Parliament House or rather on a Terrace outside the main building...

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  • Cockington Green

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I have to admit being a little skeptical about this one. I didn’t actually visit it till I was over ten years in Canberra. Why was I skeptical? Well, I expected it to be a poorly maintained, worn out, overpriced and over hyped mixture of things that I wouldn’t be able to recognise. When I finally gave in to going to placate some visitors for...

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Canberra Restaurants

  • Pinocchio’s Restaurant

    If you are looking for truly cosy restaurant that’s comfortable and has eclectic décor than you can’t go passed Pinocchio’s. Kim and I recently enjoyed a family get together on a cold winter’s night. It’s no surprise that the menu is Italian. This family owned business has been operating for 23 years. The service is excellent and it is refreshing...

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  • A.Baker

    A.Baker is located in the burnt our remains of the former Acton Hotel (in a relatively new residential, art and entertainment precinct). It is designed to give that increasingly common industrial look – raw exposed walls, exposed air conditioning pipes, a rough wooden floor and open kitchen “to further break down physical barriers between raw...

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  • Moon Rock Café

    If as I suggest (make that highly recommend) you follow my “Off The Beaten Path” tips and take the Cotter Loop/Tourist Drive 5, there are few opportunities to buy a meal (actually, until the restaurant at Mt Stromlo reopens, there is only one). You'll need a full day to take in the places on the drive, so the Moon Rock Café has an importance it...

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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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  • Theatre

    Before you ask there is no Theatre 1 or 2 in Canberra. Theatre 3 is a small (read cosy) theatre with a capacity of less than 200, situated in the grounds of the Australian National University. The theatre is home to the Canberra Repertory Society, an amateur dramatic society with professional directors, which puts on some pretty good shows. They...

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Canberra Transportation

  • Buses

    Sadly this service no longer exists. Apparently, it was too successful! 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...

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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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  • Cars.

    Driving around of Canberra is so easy and relaxed: the streets have lots of sidetracks and the trafic was very low while I was there on an ordinary weekday and you will have no hard time to find a parking-space even in the very centre of town, like next to the old parliamenthouse where my car was the only one on a wide carpark (my 4th Picture ) or...

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Canberra Shopping

  • Markets

    The Hall Market is held on the showgrounds in Hall village approximately 10 kms from the centre of Canberra. Markets are open 10am to 3pm on the first Sunday of each month, excluding January. This is one of the largest handmade, home-grown, produce markets in Australia with a great selection of stalls selling everything from dolls houses to live...

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  • Outer Suburbs

    Without wishing to disrespect the good residents of South Canberra, if the average tourist finds himself or herself in the vicinity of Tuggeranong Homestead Market between the hours of 9am and 2pm (its opening hours) on the second Sunday of a month they are most likely lost, having been taken prisoner by Canberra’s mostly unnecessary profusion of...

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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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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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  • Tipping, GST

    In general it is not customary to tip in Australia though this is now changing and ten percent will sometimes be added to hotel bills. In some of the more exclusive restaurants it is usual to tip up to ten percent, but on the whole gratuity is at your own discretion.

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  • Laws/Crime

    In every state there is a State Police Force. eg; NSW Police When your in Canberra they have the Federal Police. In other states Federal Police are reserved for my bigger issues Such as Customs, Border protection etc I must say Federal police are allot tougher than state police force

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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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  • Politics

    In total, the national parliament has under 250 politicians: even including their personal staff you have probably no more than a thousand people. And remember, if you're an Australian citizen and you're unimpressed by 'the Pollies', the people of Canberra didn't invite them: you're the ones who keep sending them here! . So when the media says...

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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

    Apart from the St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church on the outskirts of Narrabundah there is little to attract the tourist into this Canberra suburb. That said, if visiting the church, which I recommend you do, or if you otherwise find yourself here, there is, in addition to the Aboriginal artwork I refer to in this review, a piece of street...

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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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  • Parks /Gardens / Lakes

    I woke up this morning and could tell it was going to be one of those absolutely beautiful Canberra spring days – a chilly start (freezing) with a beautiful clear blue sky. I knew it would be gorgeous in the sun by 9am. A day made for walking and not working, so I decided to take a days leave from work and enjoy it. At around 10.30am I decided to...

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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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  • 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 TROTS / HARNESS RACING

    If you want something to do on a Monday night, then why not go to the Canberra trots?The major harness racing venue for the city is situated off Flemington road, in the Showgrounds.As it happened, we were staying at the Caravan Park in the showgrounds, so we got to watch the races for free!We were going to go, but in October, the night was VERY...

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Canberra Favorites

  • 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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  • Tourist Attractions

    The Visitors Centre is a great source of information on Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory and the region more generally and certainly worthy a stop for all but the most prepared visitor to Canberra. In addition to an extensive display of literature the staff here are very helpful. The Centre can assist you with last minute accommodation...

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  • 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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