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Why visit Canberra
A city with all the charms of a garden setting, the region of Canberra is always in bright with blooms. Spread amongst leafy parks and green open spaces, Canberral is relaxing all year round. A cultural hub, Canberra is home to numerous museums and heritage sites. Nestled in a lush natural landscape, Canberra feels like a city constantly growing and reaching for more. Between the cultural and recreational offerings, it's hard not to be inspired.
Best time to visit Canberra
Unlike most of Australia's big cities, Canberra is inland and not located on the coast so the temperatures are less mild. As such the summers are hot and the winters are cold. The best time to visit Canberra is in the spring (September to November). In Spring, the days start to heat up while the nights are still pleasantly cool.
Getting around Canberra
Canberra is smaller than Australia's other major cities and you can get around most of the CBD via foot. There are bus and light rail options for those seeking public transport. Purchase a MyWay card and load it with funds or buy single tickets on board to hop on public transport. Canberra also has extensive bikeways and bike trails with notable mountain bike tracks dotted around. Bring your bike to tour Canberra in a more intimate way, stopping as you please, enjoying those sites that are inaccessible by car, all whilst keeping fit!
What to do in Canberra
In such an intimate city, it's easy to get around and embrace all that the city has to offer. Accor's Canberra hotels and apartments are conveniently located throughout the city, all within walking distance of museums, cafés, quality cuisine, and breathtaking vistas. Spend a morning at the National Museum of Australia, where even the architecture dazzles. Challenge yourself with the thrilling scientific exhibits at CSIRO Discovery Centre or at Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre. Then indulge in some much-needed relaxation at the National Botanic Gardens. Tap into your creative side with some shopping at the original boutiques in Braddon.
Free things to do in Canberra
Lake Burley Griffin
Stroll or cycle around Lake Burley Griffin for an idyllic way to spend the afternoon. The whole round trip around the lake is almost 20 kilometres however the lake is centrally located so you can always opt to only peruse part of the lake and head off back to your accommodation for a bite to eat when you've had enough. Here you'll find many people engaging in the same activity often with pooches in tow. Take a camera to snap up pics of the local wildlife, you may even see a rabbit or two.
The National Arboretum Canberra is a 250 hectare site with numerous tracks and trails for walking or cycling. There's plenty to do and see here with a pod playground for the kids, lookouts and picnic spots, a bonsai gallery, as well as a cafe and gift shop.
Fun things to do in Canberra
Though the name may sound anything but fun, Sleepy Burrows is a wombat sanctuary located about a 40 minute drive from Canberra. Get up close and personal with these adorable creatures, tire them out, feed them a bottle, and give them a cuddle. This is a must-do for any animal lovers out there.
See Canberra from above at the iconic Telstra Tower. Standing 195 metres tall, this tower offers panoramic views of Canberra city. Visit the coffee shop to add a little caffeine hit to your breathtaking view or opt for a night visit to see the dazzling city at night.
Where to stay in Canberra
Enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) at New Acton's Cellar Doors or wrap up your enthralling day with a sunset hot air balloon flight over Canberra CBD. Plan your stay at one of Accor's Canberra accommodations and trust that you'll be in the perfect location for all that Canberra has to offer.