Snow, surf and stunning scenery: the diversity of the Canberra region

Snow, surf and stunning scenery: the diversity of the Canberra region

Let's go exploring!

During your visit to Australia's capital, schedule some time to check out 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.

Grab the keys (book a hire car if you left yours at home) and get set for some serious exploring.


Discover one good thing after another in Canberra. The nation's capital is nestled within the Australian Capital Territory and is the ideal base for exploring the wider region.

Just a short two-hour drive from pristine beaches and beautiful snow-capped mountains, Australia’s largest inland city is the perfect base for a self-drive holiday with no road tolls, ample parking and minimal traffic. Whether it’s world-class wining and dining, iconic national attractions or breathtaking adventures in the great outdoors, Canberra has everything you need and it’s all just moments away.

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National Parks and Nature Reserves

Canberra is located within the Australian Capital Territory, which is surrounded by the Great Dividing Range to the east and the foot of the Australian Alps to the west.

There's a good reason why Canberra is called the bush capital. Over half of the Australian Capital Territory is preserved as national parks and nature reserves, including Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park. Want to see kangaroos, emus and maybe even a koala? Make sure to add these experiences to your itinerary. Both are just a 45-minute drive from the Canberra city.

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Canberra’s Wine Region

Canberra is surrounded by a distinct wine wonderland, featuring more than 30 wineries within 35 minutes’ drive of Canberra's city centre.

The rural countryside offers the perfect backdrop – and the cool climate growing conditions – to create a true sensory experience. With many of the vineyards enjoying national or international accolades, the Canberra District Wine Region has quickly joined the ranks of the world’s best producers of wine.

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Pack up the car and explore the inland areas surrounding Canberra, otherwise known as the Tablelands. There are so many options to choose from.

Head east through Queanbeyan and drive through wine country to the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore to visit beautiful churches, old time pubs, galleries and antique stores. Or head west to the Yass Valley and explore a range of small hamlets and towns for annual festivals, local produce and more. Just over one hour from Canberra is the Hilltops region, renowned for its glorious countryside, fascinating history and events such as the National Cherry Festival.

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Alpine Adventures

Australia's ultimate, year-round, nature and adventure playground, the Australian Alps is just a short drive from Canberra.

Whether you’re into high country hiking, freshwater fishing, scenic drives or sampling delicious local produce, the Snowy Mountains and the Australian Alps are the perfect accompaniment to any visit to Canberra. Visiting in winter? Access the highest peaks in Australia at the Thredbo, Perisher or Charlotte Pass snow resorts and prepare for skiing or snowboarding down the slopes, or some serious snow play.

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South coast

Canberra may be an inland city, but the call of the coast is still close enough to enjoy!

A scenic two-hour drive is all that stands between you and the delights of whale watching, kayaking, swimming, surfing or simply lazing on a beautiful beach. Discover long, secluded, uncrowded and sheltered beach coves, heritage towns and experience nature at its very best on the New South Wales south coast. 

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The Canberra region has a smorgasbord of experiences to choose from, so schedule some extra time into your visit, hire a car and get ready to explore this spectacular part of the world.