Explore the region around Australia's capital city known as Capital Country
Aerial view of the church and historic township of Gundaroo in Capital Country near Canberra

Canberra and Capital Country

Journey through the southeast Australian region know as Capital Country and experience why Canberra was chosen as the site for a fledgling nation’s capital city in 1908.

Historic towns, over 20,000 years of Aboriginal historyalpine national parks, fertile cool-climate land and outstanding produce make it an ideal place for a getaway or a drive holiday.

Explore Capital Country and the Canberra Region from a city base

Base yourself in Canberra to explore the Capital Country region, offering world-class arts and crafts, historic villages, stunning nature and gourmet delights, all within an hour and a half’s drive from Canberra.

The Poacher's Way

Journey along The Poacher’s Way, developed by a group of people bound by a common inspiration derived from their land and lifestyle. Rejuvenate in charming bed and breakfast accommodation, indulge in replenishing spa treatments, savour gourmet food, wine and collect the works of exceptional artisans.

Southern Highlands of New South Wales

Visit the birthplace of the world’s greatest cricket batsman, Sir Donald Bradman, at the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral and contemplate magnificent rainforests and waterfalls in Moreton National Park or Kangaroo Valley near Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands.

Bungendore and Braidwood

Drive through wine country to the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore to visit beautiful churches, old time pubs, galleries and antique stores then admire the stunning woodwork at the award-winning Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. This is a popular way to travel to the Sapphire and South Coast of NSW.

Yass Valley

Take a drive through historic towns around the Yass Valley a region which played a major role in the development of Australian agriculture since the 1800s. Explore more about small hamlets and towns like Bowning, Binalong, Bookham, Wee Jasper for annual festivals, local produce and more.  

Touring routes and maps

Follow our trails and maps to take you through drive holidays in the Canberra region. These maps highlight gourmet trails, wineries, national parks, Aboriginal history, coastal scenery and quaint historic towns.