Australian Capital Territory
Discover the Australian Capital Territory, where blissful nature sits alongside buzzy urban neighbourhoods, and modern eateries meet captivating history.
The Australian Capital Territory – home to Australia’s capital city of Canberra – is a tempting combination of outdoor adventure, urban exploration and artistic flare. Despite its small size, the state packs a big punch with world-renowned museums and a vibrant dining scene. The perfect destination for foodies, culture vultures and outdoor enthusiasts alike, the Australian Capital Territory is sure to challenge all your expectations.
Top things to do
- Explore history, art and culture at some of the country’s best museums and galleries
- Hike, bike, climb and paddle through the many nature reserves
- Sip on cool-climate wines in Canberra’s nearby wine region
While in the capital of Canberra, don’t miss the museums, galleries and government buildings that the city is famous for, including Questacon, which is ideal for families and science enthusiasts, and the must-see Parliament House. When it comes to dining, the Australian Capital Territory may be small in size, but it’s big in flavour, with notable restaurants like Aubergine and Rebel Rebel on the scene. You might also be surprised to know that wineries have operated in the nearby Canberra District Wine Region for more than 160 years, producing some wonderful cool-climate drops.
Summer brings sunny day trips to beach towns not far from Canberra, like Jervis Bay on the New South Wales South Coast. Come winter, you can drive to snow-topped skiing slopes in just over two hours, while in spring, watch the city bloom with colour at Floriade.
Conveniently located halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra is perfect for short breaks and weekends away. You can fly into Canberra from most Australian capital cities, and international flights are available with a short stop in Sydney. If you’re eager for the open road, Canberra is just a three-hour drive from Sydney and an eight-hour drive from Melbourne.