Canberra Tour Package
With excellent museums, world-class food and wine and a fantastic events calendar, Australia’s capital city is much more than just politics! Read More
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Planning to Canberra
Getting to Canberra
Flights from Singapore to Canberra are available daily with Singapore Airlines, while Qatar Airways offers daily flights from Doha. There are also frequent domestic flights from major Australian capital cities. Canberra is a three-hour drive from Sydney and an eight-hour drive from Melbourne. There are plenty of scenic routes if you like to get off the beaten track and visit one of the many country towns along the way.
Ideal Destination For Singaporeans
Sophistication and creative flair can be found across thanks to its renowned galleries and museums, exciting events calendar and ever-evolving food and drink scene. It’s a small but cosmopolitan city, meaning it’s easy to get around and you’ll find plenty to keep you busy. Visit the Australian War Memorial, admire the world’s largest collection of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the National Gallery of Australia, or take a tour of Parliament House to see modern politics in action. Once you’ve had your culture fix it’s time to eat and drink your way through its vibrant neighbourhoods, trek through the surrounding national parks or spend some time kayaking, cycling, sailing or hot air ballooning at Lake Burley Griffin!
When To Visit
Canberra is at its most vibrant in the shoulder seasons (and) with exciting festivals, colorful natural landscapes, and ideal weather. Winter is a great time to cozy up with a glass of wine in one of the many cellar doors of the surrounding wine regions, go hunting for prized black truffles, or head to the Australian Alps to experience ski season in Australia. In summer, you’ll find everyone soaking up the sun on the white sand beaches of Jervis Bay, just under a three-hour drive from the city!
Canberra Top 8 Must Do Must Dos
1. Make sure you visit all the world-class national attractions that call Canberra home at least once, including the National Museum of Australia, Australia's Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. Entry to most of the city’s major attractions is free.
2. For the best view of Canberra, take a scenic hot air balloon flight over the nation’s capital. Take off at sunrise and drift gently with the wind as you experience breathtaking views and see the nation's capital come to life beneath you.
3. Tempt your tastebuds with Space Kitchen's picture-perfect creations. Unicorn waffles are the latest taste sensation to come out of this 'grammable eatery. Indulge in this little slice of magic before it gallops away.
4. Spend your Saturday morning shopping up a storm at the Capital Region Farmers Markets, where you can buy fresh produce direct from the growers and enjoy a delicious local breakfast or brunch. Then take part in a Sunday tradition in Canberra by visiting the Old Bus Depot Markets. Pick up some tasty treats, a bunch of flowers, some fashion gems and local artwork.
5. At the heart of Canberra is Lake Burley Griffin, surrounded by galleries and museums that house Australia’s art and historical collections interspersed with parks and open spaces as well as walking and cycling paths. Do as the locals do and spend an hour walking the ‘bridge to bridge’ path around the lake, stopping off for a coffee along the way.
6. Canberra’s three cool-climate wine regions offer a spectacular range of experiences, from wine-tasting and fine dining to truffle hunting. Traditionally, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Shiraz varieties have thrived here at the 140 vineyards and 33 winery cellar doors, most within 30 minutes’ drive of the capital.
7. Set yourself the challenge on a visit to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to spot five famous native Australian animals that call the area home: the koala, platypus, kangaroo, emu and wombat. Then embark on the ultimate animal encounter at the National Zoo & Aquarium’s luxury accommodation, Jamala Wildlife Lodge, where you can take part in behind-the-scenes tours and share a jungle bungalow with lions, tigers and bears for neighbours.
8. Explore Canberra's thriving cafe culture and hit up some of the city's many hot spots, which are perfect for catching up with friends, enjoying a weekend brunch or relaxing over a long lunch. Be sure to drop into The Cupping Room, Highroad, ONA Manuka or ONA Coffee House, where you might run into ONA Coffee founder and 2015 World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic or perhaps the reigning Australian Barista Champion, Matt Lewin.