Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Guide to Canberra
- Getting to Canberra
- When to visit
Find a mix of history, art and the outdoors in Australia's capital city.
The small-yet-mighty capital of Canberra is a city that punches far above its weight. Well-known museums and historical sites are just the beginning. Dig a little deeper to find bustling brewpubs, hidden gems, quiet nature and family-friendly attractions. Head just outside the city to relax and unwind in a scenic cool-climate wine region that produces some stellar drops.
Canberra is just as easily reached by air as by car. Fly into Canberra Airport (CBR) on either an international flight or from any Australian state or territory.
- Canberra Airport (CBR) is 7km (4.5mi) from the city and services both international and domestic flights
- Hire cars, taxis, rideshares and a shuttle service are available at the airport for pre-purchase or hire upon arrival
- Canberra is just a three-hour drive south of Sydney
After you’ve arrived in Canberra, you’ll find getting around is easy due to its compact size. Walking and biking are great options to see what's on offer.
Canberra enjoys warm summers and crisp winters, however this city is considered a year-round destination. During autumn and spring the city is at its most vibrant with exciting festivals, colourful natural landscapes and mild weather.
- High season: Spring and autumn (August to October and March to May)
- Low season: Winter (June to July)
- Don’t miss: Enlighten Festival (March)
Travellers will find plenty of accessible and wheelchair-friendly options for accommodation and attractions in Canberra.
- Arrival: Canberra Airport provides assistance for people with disabilities. Staff can help with security screening and ordering an accessible taxi.
- Getting around: Canberra’s light rail stations have ramp access and designated waiting areas for passengers needing assistance, while the city’s buses have ramps that can be lowered. Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Services can also be booked online or over the phone.
- Accessible experience highlights: Travellers with limited mobility can ride the Flora Explorer mini-bus throughout the abundant National Botanic Gardens. Don't miss the faces of famous Aussies at the National Portrait Gallery.
- Helpful resources: The Canberra-based travel agency GetOutAble specialises in accessible and inclusive travel.