Canberra’s special contrast of nature and urban living
was planned in 1912 by master designer, Walter Burley
Griffin, a Chicago architect.
Canberra is often described by Australians who haven't
been there as a boring town, full of politicians,
bureaucrats - and not much else. But those who go there
find beautiful galleries and museums clustered around a
The Celebrate Canberra Festival, held over 10 days in
March, marks the city's birthday with music, food, a
mardi gras, displays, a raft race and a parade. March
also brings the huge National Folk Festival to Canberra.
Spring is celebrated with the Floriade Festival, when
Commonwealth Park becomes a riot of floral colour.
The essence of Australia’s culture, history and way of
life is reflected in the national museums, galleries and
institutions in Canberra. These national icons hold and
share the treasures of our nation, offering an
intriguing insight into Australian character and
democracy, and our journey from an Indigenous continent
to a modern nation.
Canberra’s cool climate produces some award-winning
wines grown around the townships of Murrumbateman, Hall
and Bungendore. Local produce and creative chefs ensure
a well-matched dining experience. Clubs and pubs are
found in the city and some of the suburbs as well as
cafes and restaurants.
The Canberra region offers a warm welcome with a huge
choice of accommodation available to suit all tastes and
budgets, including a range of high quality hotels and
motels, serviced apartments, bed and breakfasts and
backpacker accommodation at very affordable rates and a
wide range of services. The region also has a number of
tempting packages available throughout the year.