Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory has something to appeal to everyone. The capital city of Canberra has plenty of museums, galleries and historic sites. The territory has a variety of scenery. Visitors can climb mountains, hike through a nature reserve or sunbathe on a beach. Places to stay in the area include hotels, motels, farms and hostels.

Travellers to Canberra can fly into Canberra International Airport (see or for more info) . They can take trains to Canberra from Sydney. Bus service to Canberra is available from Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne.
The Canberra region’s social history and visual arts are the focus of the exhibits in the Canberra Museum and Gallery. The social and political history of Australia is shown in the collectiosn at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The building was constructed in 1927.Visitors can take guided tours of the Canberra Railway Museum in Kingston. Vintage passenger carriages and railway memorabilia are on display here.

Contemporary works by Australian artists are displayed at the ANCA Gallery and the Beaver Galleries. Visitors can see sculptures and furniture by Australian artists at the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.
Blundells Cottage is one of Canberra’s historic sites. It was built around the middle of the 19th century as a home for farm workers. The Callthorpes’ House near the city centre was built in 1927. The house has its original furniture.
People who want to spend time outdoors will find plenty to do in the Australian Capital Territory. The Snowy Mountains are three hours away from Canberra. They offer recreational opportunities all year round. Visitors can ski in the winter and fish in the summer. There are places to go horseback riding, mountain biking and bushwalking. A tour of the Yarrangobilly Caves in these mountains gives travellers a chance to see underground pools and limestone caves.

The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is 45 minutes from Canberra. The reserve has a Sanctuary where visitors can see native animals. Visitors can cycle along roads or walk along the walking trails. There is a Nature Discovery Playground for children.
The Namadgi National Park is near the western edge of Canberra. The park has places for walking, cycling and camping.The beaches of the South Coast are two and half hours away from Canberra. The beaches have places for sunbathing, swimming, surfing and whale watching.