Visiting Canberra

When you take a trip to Canberra, prepare for one good thing after another. Because whether it’s world-class wining and dining, iconic national treasures or breathtaking natural beauty, everything you’re after is there and just moments away.

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a mini-break in the national capital, so come and let our beautiful city surprise you with new experiences and hidden gems.

What’s on

During spring Canberra will be showcasing some of the best events, exhibitions and shows – it’s the perfect time to plan your visit. Dream big as DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition (20 September 2019 – 2 February 2020) comes to the National Museum of Australia. A little piece of Broadway is coming to Canberra Theatre, as West Side Story (10-27 October) brings this tragic love story to the stage.

The National Portrait Gallery will be celebrating Women in Vogue (10 October – 24 November), featuring iconic portraits of remarkable Australian women who have brought life to their pages. Canberrans throw open their doors during DESIGN Canberra Festival’s (4-24 November) open homes with a difference. Explore the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses and discover pop-up exhibitions with works on sale by local artists and makers.


Explore the great outdoors on Canberra’s extensive cycle paths and walking trails or take a kayak or e-bike tour with Canberra Urban Adventures. Learn about native flora in the Australian National Botanic Gardens or enjoy a walk among rare and symbolic trees at the National Arboretum Canberra. Take a short drive from the city centre and discover Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park.

Or, stay an extra night or two and explore the wider Canberra region. From the picture perfect beaches of the coast, to the rural charms of the countryside, Canberra is a great place to base yourself while taking in the best the region has to offer.

Family fun

Canberra also offers plenty of fun for familiesQuestacon makes learning about science fun for kids with a range of interactive activities. There are also family-friendly playgrounds, museums and galleries, the Australian Institute of SportCockington Green Gardens and the National Zoo and Aquarium to entertain kids of any age.

Food & wine

The Canberra region has so much to offer food and wine lovers. Delve into an array of stylish restaurants, bars and shops brimming with local produce and wine and chat to local winemakers at their cellar door — there are more than 33 wineries in a picturesque rural setting just 35 minutes drive from the city.


Experience all that Canberra has to offer and extend your visit overnight or longer. Canberra offers a great variety of accommodation – from luxury hotels to apartments big enough for the whole family. Find the perfect Doma Hotel for your needs.

Enter the code Bloom when booking and receive 10% off your stay at any Doma Hotel during Floriade.

Plan your trip

Find all the information you need to plan your trip on Canberra’s official tourism website, download the free 2019 Canberra Visitor Guide or visit the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre located at Regatta Point, Barrine Drive in Parkes.

Be sure to share your travel snaps with #VisitCanberra on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, where you can also unearth our hidden gems and get some insider tips from locals.

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