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Backpacking in Canberra
A backpacking holiday in Canberra offers scope for a brilliant break and is also an inexpensive way of experiencing the city’s wealth of cultural landmarks and natural beauty. Canberra has numerous cheap and efficient hostels for backpacking holidays on a budget and a host of great options for accommodation in a wide choice of locations and standards. The city centre houses the largest selection of affordable places along Mort and Dryandra St, but there are also many excellent establishments found in Giles St and Canberra Ave - just a few km from Parliament House. The average price to expect for a reasonable dorm bed is around $14, although this will rise during the peak summer period. For those seeking hostels in the heart of the popular nightspots and should head for Ainslie Ave. Excellent transport links make the city a useful starting point for backpackers in Canberra looking to experience the diverse variety of wildlife hotspots scattered around the wider NSW area.
Camping in Canberra
Canberra has a wide range of great spots for a camping holiday in and around the city, with many more ideal locations in the surrounding area of NSW. The closest camping park to the city centre is found on Kunzea St, fantastic for holidaymakers looking to stick close to city comforts and still get an authentic bushland experience. Other local options that offer caravan parking are in Watson, which offers a great and affordable camping holiday. Away from the centre, Cotter Dam is a very shady camp ground and more secluded area - perfect for couples looking for a sheltered camping holiday near to Canberra. Further afield, the rugged hills surrounding Canberra offer a wonderful host of camping opportunities - Pine Hill and Point Hut two excellent sites to the west of the city, which are close to the natural wonders of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park. So whether you wish to stay close to the city or head out into the beautiful mountainous hinterland of ACT, Canberra caters for everything a camping holiday could want, and provides an inexpensive stay close to some of Australia’s finest natural beauty.
City Breaks in Canberra
City break holidays in Canberra offer a wide range of hotels and activities, which come in a host of differing standards and styles to suit everyone. The city centre has a wealth of fine hotels around the city centre, Kingston and Mort St; with the majority of higher end hotels found by the Binara St and the quieter regions of Parliamentary triangle. Slightly more affordable options are located downtown, also the most family-friendly area. Entertainment of all varieties is available throughout the year in Canberra; from the Australia Day festival’s street vibrant celebrations to the huge Canberra birthday event with food, wine and great entertainment in the park. The annual Skyfire event also a highlight, the night sky above Lake Burley Griffin lit up as one of the biggest choreographed fireworks shows in Australia. Canberra marks the arrival of spring with the annual Floriade in the lakeside Commonwealth Park. This month-long flower festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Transport links are excellent and there are a plethora of different guides for those wishing to see a structured and informed tour of the city. Brisbane boasts great shopping districts throughout the city centre and its myriad of weekly markets. In terms of food, Brisbane is brimming with great restaurants and superb cafes, making eating out one of the highlights of city breaks in Canberra. The city centre, Garema Place and London Circuit has an eatery for every kind of holidaymaker and is also home to many reputable pubs and bars. Otherwise, East Row and Manuka is where those with a taste for the finer things should aim to find themselves, two of the best locations for those looking to enjoy a city break without budgetary constraints.
Corporate Weekend in Canberra
Despite the long flight time, a corporate break in Canberra provides the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled, camaraderie and teambuilding setting. Naturally for a city surrounded by bushland outdoor pursuits are plentiful. Mountain biking is hugely popular, with challenging rides available for the adventurous. In fact, the city's bike paths are a great way to explore. Bushwalking, sailing on Lake Burley Griffin, and swimming in the river-fed waterholes are all popular pursuits. The Snowy Mountains ski slopes, the 'winter playground' of residents from New South Wales is just two hours away, and while Canberra doesn't have a beach of its own, the South Coast is less than a two-hour drive. Corporate weekends in Canberra offer the space and activities that will meet any budget and the ably provides expertise for creating an first-rate teambuilding experience - with a large variety of hotels in the city centre alone able to offer excellent corporate hospitality. Overall, Canberra is an great destination for a corporate weekend in the sun.
Culture and Arts in Canberra
Canberra is full of places to visit on days off. The National Gallery of Australia and other national monuments have ever-changing exhibitions and there is plenty to keep children occupied that won't break the bank, like the National Zoo and Aquarium or the National Dinosaur Museum. The city knows how to have fun, and hosts a range of events and festivals throughout the year. Kicking off in January, more than 100,000 car enthusiasts pour into the city for the annual Summernats festival. The month ends with a big Australia Day festival, including the announcement of the Australian of the Year and a huge pop concert on the lawns of Parliament House. Every year there's a huge Canberra birthday event with food, wine and great entertainment in the park. The annual Skyfire event sees the night sky above Lake Burley Griffin lit up as one of the biggest choreographed fireworks shows in Australia. Autumn (April) in Canberra sees the skies come to life with dozens of dancing hot air balloons and folk musicians provide the music at the National Folk Festival. Canberra marks the arrival of spring with the annual Floriade in the lakeside Commonwealth Park. This month-long flower festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors.
Disabled Needs in Canberra
There should be no reservations for disabled people considering a holiday in Canberra. Most, if not all, of the visitor attractions, hotels and transport on offer is wheelchair friendly with additional facilities for the hard of hearing and visually impaired. Similarly, with a few exceptions in some of the older areas, most buildings are equipped with automatic entrances, wide aisle, ramps and disabled toilets. Every effort is made to ensure that holidays for disabled people in Canberra are safe and enjoyable. Wheelchair hire as well as sightseeing and shopping tours for disabled holidaymakers are numerous and easy to arrange. Despite its hilly surroundings, Canberra is a safe, welcoming and helpful holiday destination for disabled people.
Family Holiday in Canberra
With so many attractions, museums and fun activities on offer, even the big kids can get away with being children on a family holiday in Canberra. Experience the adrenaline-rush of a simulated earthquake and much more at Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre. Also recommended is the children’s gallery at the National Gallery of Australia. Kids will love the hands-on interactive exhibitions at the National Museum of Australia and the thrill of discovery on the specially designed kids’ tour at the National Zoo and Aquarium to see tigers, cheetahs, bears, monkeys and the shark tank. Let the kids mint their own $1 coin on the public coining presses at the Royal Australian Mint, which has the capacity to produce two million coins a day. At the Australian Institute of Sport, take a tour with an elite athlete and test your skills at virtual rowing, wheelchair basketball and the gymnastic beam. While you’re there visit the nearby Gold Creek Village which is filled with great family attractions. There are many types of holiday accommodation available for a stress-free family holiday in Canberra and some of the better accommodation in East Row have facilities like swimming pools and rooms with TV and internet. Food is plentiful and very varied in Canberra with many restaurants, cafes and ice cream bars scattered around the city. Overall, a family break to Canberra makes for a great holiday, and one that your family will not forget.
Gay and Lesbian in Canberra
Despite not being biggest city in Australia, there is something to suit most gay and lesbian holidaymakers looking to come to Canberra - breathtaking natural attractions, a host of gay and lesbian accommodation as well as some decent clubs and bars. Roughly 1km from the city centre, MacGregor is best for accommodation. The clubs, bars and restaurants of London Circuit, East Row and Alinga St are the few destinations for gay and lesbian nightlife - although there are also some several excellent nightspots in Garema Place. Canberra does not have a palpable or major gay community, but there is a significant amount for gay and lesbian holidaymakers on a short-term break - although Sydney and Brisbane offer more options to cater for gay couples on a longer holiday.
Hen Destination in Canberra
Canberra has a series of good nightspots and its sun-drenched location makes Australia’s capital a great destinations for hen party holidays. There are a wide assortment of bars and pubs in Garema Place, Alinga St and London Circuit as well as fine restaurants along the East Row and downtown. In addition, smart wine bars, live music venues and clubs for all night dancing are within close range of the city centre. Guest Houses, Hotels and Apartments are all easily available in a scope of prices that will suit any budget and many are situated nearby the best night spots. During the day, hen party holidaymakers in Canberra can feast on some great seafood, try activities like sailing, cycling and sightseeing or simply relax in one of numerous picturesque parks and bushland retreats. No doubt some hen party members will want to shop at some stage and Canberra has a plethora of malls, local markets and shopping districts around the city centre, enough to sate most style-conscious bargain hunters.
Stag Destination in Canberra
Canberra has some good nightlife and the Australian capital’s sun-drenched location mean it is a decent, if slightly quiet, destination for stag party holiday. There are a wide assortment of bars and pubs in the East Row and Garema Place as well as fine restaurants throughout downtown and London Circuit. In addition, smart wine bars, live music venues and clubs for all night dancing are within close range of the city centre. Guest Houses, Hotels and Apartments are all easily available in a scope of prices that will suit any budget and many are situated nearby the best night spots. During the day, stag party holidaymakers in Canberra can feast on some great seafood, try sightseeing by bus or ferry or try energetic activities such as surfing and sailing around nearby Lake Burnley Griffin.
Honeymoon in Canberra
Canberra provides the ideal setting for a romantic and unforgettable honeymoon. The natural beauty of the city lake; the national parks, the forest parks and wonderful bushland all add up to the perfect getaway for honeymooners. Alongside the fantastic food and drink, there are many activities for honeymoon couples in Canberra; from adrenaline-rush activities like abseiling, sightseeing, sailing and cycling to visiting the picturesque parks and cultural landmarks or simply relax and enjoy some of the best settings in Australia. With many guest houses, hotels and apartments in Canberra you’re sure to find something to suit your budget and many of these places provide romantic suites for couples on honeymoon.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Canberra
Despite not being biggest city in Australia, there is something to suit most holidaymakers looking for a party on a break in Canberra. The city’s largely young and student contingent mean that there is always a lively atmosphere, and Canberra has more of a party scene that its slightly buttoned-down reputation would suggest. Liberal licensing laws allows hotels unlimited opening hour and there are several 24-hour bars - check the free monthly BMA magazine for up-to-date lists of venues and events. There are a wide assortment of bars and pubs in Garema Place, Alinga St and London Circuit as well as fine restaurants along the East Row and downtown. In addition, smart wine bars, live music venues and clubs for all-night party holidays are within close range of the city centre. Guest Houses, Hotels and Apartments are all easily available in a scope of prices that will suit any budget and many are situated nearby the best night spots. Singles and partiers alike can enjoy Canberra’s sun-drenched parklands and awe-inspiring sights; activities such as sailing, abseiling and water-skiing more ideas if you are looking for some adventure.
Couples Holiday in Canberra
Whether you are planning a week-long break or a short vacation for you and your partner, Canberra is an ideal holiday destination for couples. On a couples holiday in Canberra, expect plenty of holiday activities: sights to see, wonderful forest parks, romantic hinterland and lots of great food. Couples can choose from adrenaline-rush activities like surfing and water-skiing around Lake Burnley Griffin to more relaxing activities like sailing, cycling or taking a leisurely stroll through a city rich with cultural landmarks and attractions. For those interested in nature and history, there are some beautiful parks and historical landmarks such as the impressive Australian War Memorial as well as a string of museums and galleries. Canberra also had a fantastic range of restaurants and cafes, especially around the Civic and nearby Manuka as well as more exotic options in Dickson and East Row. In short, a great destination for any couple’s holiday.
Golf Activity Holiday in Canberra
Canberra is becoming fast known amongst golfers as one of Australia's best areas for a diverse and engaging golf holiday as well as a range of activities to suit families and fun seekers alike. There are many fine courses in Canberra, including the Canberra International Golf Centre, Fairbairn Golf Club, Gold Creek Country Club and Yass Golf Club. Canberra has a range of courses and clubs for every level of ability and budget. A must for all golf enthusiasts is The Cyber Bunker, which offers golfers of all levels 50 simulated courses with all the best features of golf in a virtual indoor environment. Select your course, warm up on the driving range then head to the first tee and play your round in one of the four golf booths. An image of each hole is displayed on a floor to ceiling screen, into which you hit your golf ball from various golf hitting mats that simulate the fairway, rough, sand and green. Shots are simulated with the aid of an accurate state-of-the-art infrared system. All shots are measured in speed, distance, angle, direction and spin and the game is measured on your own skill, but can be changed to adjust to all skill levels. Outside of the city, no golfing holiday to Canberra is complete without a visit to the scores of resort courses scattered around the ACT region, the Federal Golf Club and the Goolabri Country Resort particularly recommended. Luxury accommodation, varied resorts and a perfect year-round climate makes Canberra an ideal location for any golfer.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Canberra
Canberra is the great destination for a sailing holiday. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sailor, there are several fine opportunities to sail in Canberra. Beginners can learn to sail dinghies in the enchanting surroundings of Lake Burnley Griffin whilst experienced sailors can explore Canberra’s fabulous man-made lake and drink in all the fantastic scenery. Organised tours also allow you to experience the thrill of real sailing and are freely available from the nearby Action terminal. Sailing holidays in Canberra are available all year round and the prices vary depending on the time of year and the length of time you wish to sail. So while there are not a huge amount of sailing locations in Canberra, those available are close to the city centre, well serviced with many competitively-priced sailing companies and very safe.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Canberra
If you enjoy walking and love the great outdoors, Canberra presents an amazing variety of opportunities to make a success of any hiking holiday. In fact, hiking in Canberra is a great way to experience the cities wealth of natural beauty, agricultural diversity, architectural heritage and history. There are numerous leisurely and informative walks throughout the city, forest parks and surrounding mountainous hinterland that are designed to appeal to walkers and hikers of all abilities. Most of these guided walks last for about one afternoon, although longer treks around the national parks and nearby Canberra national park are also available. Namadgi Park in particular offers many more tough hiking trails, rough terrains and untethered wildlife to challenge and astound even the most experienced hikers. A great nature walk can be found on Black Mountain, which has trails to follow as well as a lookout that has views of Parliament House, the Brindabellas and Lake Burley Griffin. Native plants and animals inhabit the area too, so keep a look out and make sure you don’t litter. The Canberra Nature Parks will be your first port of call for camping and hiking, mountain bike riding and horse riding. These areas are great for a real outdoors adventure, but beware if you are walking, as cyclists use the same trails and some of the paths are narrow. The Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura Ride is also a great trail for hikers. Hiking tours usually last for a few days, but food and accommodation are always included in the package. Overall, Canberra is a great destination for a hiking holiday surrounded by many great locations, regardless of your ability.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Canberra
When it comes to the beautiful hinterland of the ACT region, Canberra offers a wonderful setting for a cycling holiday. The Black Mountain, west of the city, have many tracks leading through the beautiful parkland that lead to the spectacular Ginninderra Falls and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Meanwhile, nearby Mount Ainslie, part of Canberra Nature Park, boasts more great paths as well as Namadgi National Park. After walking, cycling is also by far the cheapest, healthiest and most environmentally-friendly way to get around the city itself. The ease of bicycle ‘parking’ and the many cycle paths around Canberra make cycling faster and more convenient over short distances than either buses or cars. Canberra’s surroundings also makie it the perfect city for cycling with its many extensive and scenic bicycle paths/cycle lanes. Maps are freely available at cycle shops throughout Canberra, which shows all on-road cycle lanes as well as shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians in the wider area. There are many bike hire shops scattered across the city, expect to pay $25 a day or $80 a week but do keep and eye out for bargains.
Shopping Holiday in Canberra
The Australian capital is a good place for picking up creative gifts from galleries and markets. Canberra offers everything, from luxury boutiques, malls and department stores to street markets and designer stores. Locals after a bargain or something a bit different head to the Old Bus Depot Market, open every Sunday. Enjoy rummaging through a mix of handcrafted jewellery, art, clothing, furniture and regional food and wine produce. Meanwhile the Regional Growers Market every Saturday morning offers an array of fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, meat and cheeses. Every Saturday you can also find vintage treasures, second-hand books, jewellery and international foods at the Gorman House Markets. If your retail habits are slightly more refined the small 1920s shopping centres of Manuka and Kingston are just a five-minute walk from each other. Splurge on Australian and international designer labels, antiques, gourmet food, high quality homewares and exquisite jewellery amongst the café-lined streets.
Wine Tasting Holiday in Canberra
A perfect destination for a wine tasting getaway, Canberra’s cool climate wines are now receiving worldwide recognition. There are 140 vineyards with more than 30 cellar doors in peaceful rural countryside around Canberra, and most are only 30 minutes from the city. The district’s vineyards produce all the varieties you would expect from a premium wine region. Despite the sophisticated product, the wineries are small and friendly and you may even get to meet the winemaker at the cellar door. Situated at the foot of the Brindabella Mountains, the tranquil rural countryside around the ACT is home to many excellent small and intimate providing an original interactive visitor experience. Visitors are often afforded the privilege of being served by the winemaker providing an opportunity to learn first hand the passion and expertise required to create authentic, hand crafted cool climate wines. Overall, Canberra’s remarkable blend of fine vineyards makes it an good destination for any wine tasting holiday.
Winter Sun in Canberra
Canberra enjoys a temperate climate year-round and is a perfect destination for holidaymakers who fancy a spot of winter sun. Australian summer runs from December to February while their winter extends from June into August. Canberra’s sub-tropical climate gives an average temperature of roughly 20°C during December, meaning plenty of winter sun so you won’t have to bring scarves and sweaters if you are looking to spend a Christmas in Canberra. Also be sure to stick out the winter sun and enjoy the spectacular new year’s eve celebrations, a giant street party in the heart of the city. See fireworks over City Hill, enjoy live entertainment in Civic Square or dance the night away at the many parties in Garema Place.