Canberra is the capital city of Australia
Many people consider Sydney or Melbourne as the capital city of Australia, however Canberra was declared as a new capital in 1913. The city is smaller in both size and population to other state capitals. However, the sheer variety of things to see and do and the ease of travelling around the city means that you can experience so much of what the city has to offer making Canberra one of Australia's best short break destinations.
Things to see and do in Canberra
Canberra is home of the Australian story. The story of what it means to be Australian is found by exploring our collections of national treasures in museums, galleries, archives, memorials, libraries and collections.
The city is set within extensive parklands and outdoor recreation is a key experience that locals enjoy daily. Our signature blue skies and fresh air invite you to be active. The city is blessed with extensive walking and cycling trails. Native flora and fauna is abundant and you will see kangaroos in our city regularly.
Our geography provides exceptional conditions for food and wine and with one of the highest number of restaurants per capita, Canberra is well worth adding to your itinerary.
Travelling to Canberra
Canberra Airport was named the 2013 Australian Airport of the Year. It has undergone extensive refurbishment in readiness for future direct international flights to and from select destinations.
Until then, fly from overseas to Sydney or Melbourne for the quickest domestic connections and take a connecting flight to Canberra.
If you are flying to Australia there are certain security measures in place at Australian airports that you should know about before arriving.
Travel advice and planning
Please visit the Travelsecure website for more information on restrictions, prohibited items, travellers with special needs, airport security checks and more. This information will help you prepare for your journey.
Foreign missions and embassies in Canberra
Canberra is home to embassies and missions of most foreign nations. Consular, immigration, visa, travel advice, citizenship and passport services are available from most of the missions in Canberra or consular offices in Sydney or Melbourne.
To speak to someone in a language other than English when calling a mission, please telephone the Telephone Interpreter Service (TIS) 131 450. 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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