Stay & Play

Visiting Canberra

If 17 days of festival-filled action isn’t enough, stay in Canberra as it transforms into a kaleidoscope of colour, activity and experiences during autumn. The perfect place for a short break, Canberra will charm you with diverse activities, all within easy reach. Go for the iconic museums and galleries, and stay for the hidden gems and unexpected moments.

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Discover more than you expect and get to know the real Canberra

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Discover the treasures of our nation in Canberra, home of the Australian story. Explore national galleries, museums and archives that document the nation’s story from our ancient Indigenous past through to the modern multicultural country of today. An experience to tick off the list? Seeing the incredible immersive multi-sensory experience, Van Gogh Alive @Enlighten Festival, 5-27 March.

Outdoor Adventures

Explore the many outdoor experiences only Canberra can offer with its popular lookouts, challenging hikes, mountain bike trails surrounding national parks. Discover Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, pack a picnic and hire a GoBoat to explore Lake Burley Griffin or enjoy a walk among rare and symbolic trees at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Food & Wine

The Canberra region has so much to offer food and wine lovers. Delve into an array of stylish restaurants, bars and shops brimming with local produce and wine and chat to local winemakers at their cellar door — there are more than 140 vineyards and 40 wineries in a picturesque rural setting just 35 minutes drive from the city.

Family Fun

Canberra also offers plenty of fun for familiesQuestacon sparks wonder and curiosity through an interactive wonderland of science. The National Zoo and Aquarium, Yarralumla Play Station and Gold Creek Village play host to a range of family-friendly playgrounds, museums and galleries that will entertain kids of any age.

Plan Your Trip

Find all the information you need to plan your trip on Canberra’s official tourism website or visit the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre located at Regatta Point, Barrine Drive in Parkes. Be sure to share your travel snaps with #VisitCanberra on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, where you can also unearth our hidden gems and get some insider tips from locals.

Drive to Canberra

Ready to experience all that Canberra has to offer? Here’s how you can get here – by plane, car, train or coach.

The drive to Canberra is easy and scenic. There are plenty of places along the way to rest, refuel and revive. From Sydney the trip is only a 3.5-hour drive down the Federal Highway.

Trains & Coaches

Countrylink trains operate daily from Sydney and V/Line runs from Melbourne with a combined train and coach service daily. Coach services run throughout the day from Sydney and Melbourne, with hourly departures on the Murrays Coaches from Sydney to Canberra.

Flying to Canberra

Qantas, Virgin Australia, Link Airways and Fly Pelican offer flights to and from cities in Australia.

When You Arrive

Once here, you’ll discover the ease of travelling around our planned city. Take a public bus, the light rail, a taxi, Uber or a tour and you can be on the other side of Canberra in 40 minutes. Alternatively, drive yourself around. Traffic flows easily – even our roundabouts are easy to negotiate. Take a self-guided driving tour and learn more about the Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra has an enviable network of cycle and walking paths. Discover our national attractions and many of our best features on a self-guided walking tour or hire a bike from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and be refreshed with a ride.

While you are here, we want you to enjoy everything that our region has to offer. However, please remember that there are restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Before travelling, check the latest travel restrictions that may be in place at the time of the event or check the ACT Health Facebook page for up to date information.

Do not travel if you are unwell. Follow current public health direction at the time including physical distancing and mask wearing (if applicable).

Ensure physical distancing when queuing. If you are picnicking and the area is congested, find another location where you can maintain physical distancing. Follow directions of COVID marshalls, security, ACT Police and Event staff to ensure compliance with the current ACT Health COVID requirements.

Visiting a Canberra venue? Download the Check In CBR app and scan the QR code at participating venues where the Check in CBR app poster is displayed. The app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for customers to sign into Canberra venues and assist ACT Health with faster contact tracing.