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Australia's capital, Canberra boasts a sophisticated dining and bar scene, vibrant culture, and impressive architecture. Inspired by the 19th-century arts and crafts movement, the city features expansive open spaces, aesthetics, and broad boulevards.
Canberra has an impressive array of eateries and drinking joints. Coupled with a vast wine region, the city hosts tourists who come to taste the different wines available.
Interested in the arts? Visit the National Gallery of Australia. Stop over at Lake Burley Griffin or visit the National Museum of Australia for free.
Take part in a game of pool, go to a beer garden, or lounge in a bar to experience the thriving and vibrant nightlife.
Located on Capital Hill, get to see democracy in action in one of Australia's iconic buildings.
The city has various festivals such as Floriade every spring that showcases millions of blooming flowers.
September to November is the best time to explore the attractions of Canberra. The weather is pleasant during this period as it's sunny during the days and cool in the mornings and evenings.
International flights jet into Canberra Airport (CBR) from Wellington and Singapore. From the airport, you can take a private bus service for AU$10 into the city. You can find taxis near the Qantas terminal for AU$25.
The NSW TrainLink operates from Sydney to Canberra thrice daily. The trip takes four hours, and you'll get to enjoy the scenic view of Molonglo Gorge and the Southern Highlands.
The drive from Sydney to Canberra runs 180 miles via the M5 Motorway and Federal Highways. A drive from Melbourne to Canberra takes at least eight hours on the Barton and Hume Highways.
Murrays provides express services between Canberra and Sydney's Central Station with extra services on peak days. There is also a daily service from Canberra to Narooma.
Comfort Inn Airport is seven minutes from the airport and very convenient. You can sample the luxurious Crowne Plaza minutes away from the city center.
Kingston - Kingston features plenty of restaurants exploding with a mixture of chocolate, burgers, and sandwiches.
Lyneham - located three miles north of Canberra, this neighborhood features a sports stadium, public parks, and theaters.
Yarralumla - rated as one of the top places for beach lovers, Yarralumla is located next to the seaside and boasts plenty of amenities.
Buses are the widely used mode of transport in Canberra, with fares starting at AU$5 for adults and AU$2 for concessions. Buses operate between 7 am and 8 pm.
Local destinations such as Tuggeranong, Phillip, and Belconnen are reachable by taxi within the shortest time possible. You can gain access to them at specific hours of the day at rates between AU$50 - AU$100.
There is lots of free parking available in Canberra, while paid parking is usually between AU$10 - AU$14 a day. Daily car rental prices start at AU$30.
The city center features antique and craft stores, shoe spots, and dining areas. Visit the Canberra Centre and explore the fashion houses and specialty outlets. Get some designer labels and sample delicious coffee in Kingston.
Canberra has plenty of fresh produce markets. You can visit Kim's Groceries, Cedars of Lebanon, or the Coles Supermarket. A dozen eggs cost AU$4.60.
Taste the Burmese curries with rice for just AU$8 or some good laksa for AU$15 at Civic Asian Noodle House. The Italo-Australian Club has a hearty Italian pasta for just AU$15.