Get around Canberra on two wheels, four wheels or no wheels at all
Whether you prefer public transport, driving, cycling, walking or gliding on the water, it’s easy to get around Canberra. Choose your own adventure, or take a tour and learn more about Australia’s capital with the help of a knowledgeable guide. You’ll love the range of experiences on offer and they’re all closer than you think.
Driving is one of the best ways to see Canberra. With plenty of parking, no tollways and very little congestion, you’ll find driving in Canberra a breeze. Either bring your own (see our tips for Getting to Canberra by car) or hire a car when you get here.
Go for a ride...
You can get pretty much anywhere with Canberra’s public transport options. Transport Canberra operates ACTION Buses, a convenient and cost-effective way for visitors to get around Canberra. You can also take advantage of Canberra’s taxi cabs and ride-sharing services.
You can travel to some of Canberra’s most iconic attractions aboard ACTION’s Tourist Loop service. Operating seven days a week, routes 81/981 take passengers to the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australian War Memorial, National Arboretum, National Museum of Australia, National Zoo & Aquarium and Parliament House, just to name a few.
For more information on the ACTION Tourist Loop service, download the Tourist Loop flyer.
Free Cultural Loop bus
Ride the free Culture Loop bus to 10 attractions. Operating daily from 9am to 5pm, you can park once and ride all day for free. The Culture Loop stops include Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Library of Australia, Questacon, National Museum of Australia, National Capital Exhibition and the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Canberra Centre.
Canberra is known as the cycling capital of Australia, with its fine network of cycle paths and off-road mountain bike trails. Hire a bike or use your own pedal-power and enjoy the scenic side of Australia’s capital on two wheels.
Like a duck to water
Canberra may be land-locked, but with its smorgasbord of lakes, rivers and waterways, it's fun to get around Canberra on the water. Hire a boat, or try stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking on Lake Burley Griffin. Take a dip in the Murrumbidgee River, or cast a line for some fishing fun. There's so much outdoor fun to be had in Canberra.
Walk the walk
Whether you’re into bushwalking or prefer a gentle stroll, Canberra is a great place for walking. Discover many of our best features on a self-guided walking tour.
What happens on tour...
And speaking of tours, whatever form of transport you prefer, you’re bound to find a tour to suit you. Hot air ballooning anyone?
Plan your perfect trip to Canberra with our Canberra Visitor Guide.