Securing Canberra accommodation at any time of the year is no problem as long as you book early in the busy seasons. Canberra is the capital of Australia. It has 345,000 residents and is Australia’s biggest inland city and the 8th biggest on the continent. Canberra is 280 km from Sydney and 660 km from Melbourne.
Canberra serves as the seat of government for Australia. As such, it is home to the country’s High Court and the House of Parliament. Canberra also has a number of social and cultural national institutions such as the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, and the Australian War Memorial. The headquarters of most government departments are located in Canberra.
Canberra has a wealth of attractions to offer all visitors. One of the most interesting places to visit is the Royal Australian Mint. When the country adopted the decimal system in 1965, the mint was established. From elevated observation points you can watch staff and huge robots making coins.
While you are at the mint, you can take a seat in a mini theater and watch a DVD on coin-making. The mint’s museum has displays that include rare sovereigns, examples of forged coins, and a 1930 rare penny. You can mint your own coin in the shop and pose for a photo in the old factory exhibit.
You can find out about Australia’s unique history, lifestyle and culture in Canberra’s numerous museums and galleries. Learn about its character and how democracy came about. Follow Australia’s interesting journey from the days when it was a distant indigenous community to the modern country is has become.
Australia’s many sports achievements are highlighted at the Australian Institute of Sport. Learn about the country’s political history at the Museum of Australian Democracy and at Parliament House. The War Memorial will show that even though Australia is a young nation, it has played a part in many wars.
Just outside the city, see the natural beauty that Canberra offers. There are some superb gardens and parks where you can wander through indigenous plants. These include the Rock Garden, the Rainforest Gully, the Eucalypt Lawn and the Mallee Shrublands. At 11 o’clock every morning, and 2 o’clock every afternoon there are free guided walks.
Canberra has numerous attractions for families. Many offer free entry, or the entrance fees are negligible. The ideal way to enjoy family attractions is to buy a ‘3 in Fun’ ticket. This will give you free entrance to Cockington Green Gardens, the Institute of Sport, and Questacon, a hands-on science expo where you can see science shows and experiments.
Night life in Canberra is vibrant and full. There are lots of classy cocktail lounges, beer gardens, pubs and restaurants. Many sports games are held at night under giant floodlights. For family fun after dark go to Mount Ainslie, Red Hill or Black Mountain and see wonderful views of the city lights. Or you can go ice-skating, catch a movie, or enjoy tenpin bowling.
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