Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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  • Deco Hotel

    Deco Hotel

    4-star
    VIP

    Braddon2.3 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating9.4.Exceptional973 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Deco Hotel
  • Pavilion on Northbourne

    Pavilion on Northbourne

    4.5-star

    Chinatown2.8 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating8.4.Very good1,838 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Pavilion on Northbourne
  • Mercure Canberra Belconnen

    Mercure Canberra Belconnen

    3.5-star

    Belconnen7 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating9.2.Superb117 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Mercure Canberra Belconnen
  • Avenue Hotel Canberra

    Avenue Hotel Canberra

    5-star
    VIP

    Canberra City Centre1 kilometer to city centre

    Guest rating9.2.Superb593 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Avenue Hotel Canberra
  • ibis Styles Canberra

    ibis Styles Canberra

    3-star

    Narrabundah6.4 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating6.8.Good520 Hotels.com guest reviews
    ibis Styles Canberra
  • Madison Capital Executive Apartments

    Madison Capital Executive Apartments

    3.5-star

    Braddon1.4 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating7.0.Good872 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Madison Capital Executive Apartments
  • A by Adina Canberra

    A by Adina Canberra

    4.5-star
    VIP

    City East0.3 kilometer to city centre

    Guest rating9.4.Exceptional41 Hotels.com guest reviews
    A by Adina Canberra
  • Pacific Suites Canberra

    Pacific Suites Canberra

    4.5-star
    VIP

    Braddon1.3 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating7.8.Good913 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Pacific Suites Canberra
  • Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection

    Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection

    4.5-star

    Braddon1.2 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating8.8.Fabulous137 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection
  • Burbury Hotel & Apartments

    Burbury Hotel & Apartments

    4-star
    VIP

    Capital Hill3.2 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating8.6.Fabulous563 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Burbury Hotel & Apartments
  • Little National Hotel Canberra

    Little National Hotel Canberra

    4-star
    VIP

    Capital Hill3.2 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating8.8.Fabulous409 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Little National Hotel Canberra
  • ibis Styles Canberra Tall Trees

    ibis Styles Canberra Tall Trees

    3.5-star

    Ainslie3.2 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating7.8.Good373 Hotels.com guest reviews
    ibis Styles Canberra Tall Trees
  • Brassey Hotel

    Brassey Hotel

    4-star
    VIP

    Barton3.2 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating8.6.Fabulous397 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Brassey Hotel
  • BreakFree Queanbeyan

    BreakFree Queanbeyan

    3.5-star

    Oaks Estate12 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating4.0.Fair1 Hotels.com guest review
    BreakFree Queanbeyan
  • ibis budget Canberra

    ibis budget Canberra

    2.5-star

    Watson7.3 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating7.8.Good271 Hotels.com guest reviews
    ibis budget Canberra
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Exploring Canberra

Located between the major cities of Sydney and Melbourne, the purpose-built Australian capital, Canberra, is an acquired taste. It gets a bad rap for its somewhat sterile persona, but this centre of government and business is well worth a look for its grand buildings and lovely setting on Lake Burley Griffin.

Canberra has a reputation for being expensive, although its hotels and restaurants are among the best in the country and visitors tend to be of the more discerning type. Everything is planned here, including the artificial lakes and the placement of national monuments, but it’s good for activities and the outdoors. The city is on the doorstep of the Aussie bush of southeast New South Wales.

Sights nearby

Canberra has more grand monuments than any other city in Australia; it’s the capital city after all. Most of these landmarks are there for a purpose, while many old government buildings are used as museums or galleries, such as the Old Parliament House. There is also lots of walking and boating opportunity on account of the many city parks.

- Australian War Memorial

This is the top landmark in the Australian capital?a striking, grand structure on Treloar Crescent. It is highly photogenic, with its reflecting pool, parade, and dome, and comes with a good museum. The museum covers the military history of Australia with planes, artillery, and dioramas of famous battles. There’s also a café on site and nice lawns, and the whole place is worthy of at least a few hours. It’s not far from the four-star Mercure Canberra.

- Old Parliament House

Across the lake from the war memorial and not far from Capital Hill and George and Victoria terraces is the grand former Parliament building. The country was run from here up until the 1980s and its various facets are now home to interesting tourist attractions. Most notable of these attractions is the National Portrait Gallery?a fabulous building with big, bright, and airy exhibits. Visitors can also tour the former Prime Ministerial Quarters and the House of Representatives.

- Australian National Botanic Gardens

Much of Canberra is given over to greenbelt and these amazing gardens are the epitome of native Australian flora. The park is located at the foot of Black Mountain, just west of town, and is replete with excellent walking trails as well as refreshing water features. Keep an eye out for the giant ferns, kangaroos, and many species of birds, and head here in summer for jazz concerts. If you really want the best views of the city, climb the 800m-plus Black Mountain.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Most restaurants are downtown (Civic), to the north of the lake, where many of the city’s best hotels are located, such as the Novotel Canberra and Rydges Lakeside Canberra. There are so many upper-end eateries and coffee shops, it’s hard to know where to go. Woodstock is an especially good café near to many pubs, clubs, and shops. If you’re after a more relaxed scene, street food, and coffee shops, head for Manuka to the southeast, which is also good for boutiques. Be aware that the city is quiet on Sunday.

Public transport

You can walk between Civic and Capital Hill (across the lake), and the streets of Canberra are well-planned and easy to navigate on foot or by bicycle. ACTION buses take in both of these areas and their circles which radiate out to hotel districts, suburbs, and beyond. Tickets can be purchased as a single, 10 rides, or an all-day pass. Buses run all day and are comfortable.

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