Canberra

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Canberra

Australia’s capital city is at the heart of Australian politics and where you’ll find some of the country’s best museums. 

Canberra is Australia’s political capital and the home of several national cultural institutions, many of which are free to enter. It was purpose built as the capital in the early 20th century. The circular layout was the idea of Chicago architects Walter and Marion Griffin, who won a competition run by the Australian Government to design the new city. Canberra is easy to navigate, and you’ll find many of the city’s main attractions within walking distance of one another. When it’s too far to walk, take a bus, or taxi, as the fares are reasonably priced.

Tour the building where Australian politicians tackle the big issues. About 20 percent of Parliament House is open to the public, and you can even watch politicians in action from the public galleries. Learn about the history of Australia’s democracy at Old Parliament House. Take a guided tour of the classical-style building or visit the museum to learn about key events in the country’s political history.

Wander across Queen Victoria Terrace to the National Archives, where you can see the original copy of the Australian Constitution. Browse the shelves of the National Library to find rare maps and historic publications. Cross Lake Burley Griffin to visit the National Museum, home to artifacts from pre-colonial Aboriginal tribes, old furniture and weapons, as well as inventions, vehicles and artwork.

The National Gallery is the country’s largest art museum. It has famous indigenous paintings, sculptures from across Asia, and a host of works by Australian, American and European masters. Head to the Australian War Memorial and be moved by the sombre atmosphere. Explore the on-site museum to read about battles and see all kinds of military equipment.

There are plenty of attractions in Canberra aimed at families with young children, including Questacon, the national science centre. Kids will love the interactive exhibits and exciting demonstrations by staff. Check out the Royal Australian Mint to watch coins being made and even press one of your own.

At night head to the bars and restaurants in the city centre to sample wines from local vineyards and fresh produce from nearby farms.

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Madison Capital Executive Apartments
Madison Capital Executive Apartments
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$429 per night from 11 Oct to 11 Oct
Located in Canberra City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canberra Centre, Canberra Theatre Centre and Australian National University.
3.4/5Good! (1,047 reviews)
"central location friendly staff"

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Nishi Apartments Eco Living By Ovolo
Nishi Apartments Eco Living By Ovolo
5 out of 5
25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra, ACT
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The price is HK$1,176 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in Canberra City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Film & Sound Archive and National Museum of Australia. Lake Burley ...
4.3/5Excellent! (303 reviews)
"Clean and friendly"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

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Deco Hotel
Deco Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is HK$728 per night from 21 Sep to 21 Sep
Located in Braddon, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Canberra Museum and Gallery and 2.5 mi (4 km) from National Museum of Australia. Canberra Centre and City ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (898 reviews)
"Very aesthetically pleasing room with great views and excellent facilities. Would be great to add smart TVs (to connect to streaming services) and upgrade internet speed though."

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2021

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Abode Tuggeranong
Abode Tuggeranong
4 out of 5
The price is HK$732 per night from 21 Sep to 21 Sep
Located in Greenway, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tuggeranong Town Park Beach and Urambi Hills Nature Reserve. Ngadyung and Nguru are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (648 reviews)
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Reviewed on 24 Jul 2021

Abode Tuggeranong
Nishi Apartments Eco Living By Ovolo
Nishi Apartments Eco Living By Ovolo
5 out of 5
25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra, ACT
The price is HK$1,176 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in Canberra City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Film & Sound Archive and National Museum of Australia. Lake Burley ...
4.3/5Excellent! (303 reviews)
"Clean and friendly"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

Nishi Apartments Eco Living By Ovolo
Pacific Suites Canberra
Pacific Suites Canberra
4.5 out of 5
100 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT
The price is HK$968 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Canberra City Centre, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Canberra Museum and Gallery and 2 mi (3.2 km) from National Museum of Australia. City ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,609 reviews)
"Good space and layout"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2021

Pacific Suites Canberra
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