Canberra is the capital city of Australia, located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). With jaw-dropping landscapes and an abundance of museums, theatres, parks and nature reserves, it’s a city that offers something for everyone. Considered ‘the home to the Australian story’, Canberra has a truly fascinating history since becoming the site for the newly-federated nation in 1908. For those who love to discover the great outdoors, the surrounding area of Canberra is the perfect place to go exploring. The huge mountain ranges and surrounding bush land provide a dramatic backdrop to the city’s buzz. Hikers will enjoy following the many trails around the area as well as discovering the indigenous wildlife in the extensive national park.
A hatchback is typically fuel-efficient for driving long distances and ideal for navigating urban centres and parking in small spaces.
Driving in Canberra
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Important things to note
The speed limit in and around Canberra is 50 km/h, but take care in and around school zones where the speed limit drops to 40km/h which is active throughout the school day.
Take care to observe local speed limits as the ACT is known to have the highest amount of speed cameras in the country. Speed cameras/traps are signposted throughout the city.
There are few fuel stations in and around the city, to ensure you have enough fuel in the tank before embarking on long journeys.
Highlights & Hotspots
To experience the city’s history and culture, spend a day exploring the diverse range of interesting museums. The National Museum of Australia has a range of exciting hands-on exhibits that kids will just love. Pay a visit to the National Film and Sound Archive, one of its most unique attractions.
For those wanting to explore the natural landscape, pay a visit to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This impressive park spans over 90 hectares where you’ll walk amongst stunning gardens and discover the country’s indigenous plant life.
Art lovers should visit the National Gallery of Australia – one of the country’s largest art galleries. The gallery has an impressive collection of fine artworks, paintings and sculptures as well fascinating Aboriginal pieces. Collections include work from the colonial period to more contemporary pieces.
The fantastic National Zoo and Aquarium is a great day out, particularly for families travelling with young children. The zoo is home to a diverse range of intriguing animals, including tigers, cheetahs, lions and giraffes. Some tours offer visitors the opportunity to feed or pet the animals.
Canberra International Airport is located approximately five miles from Canberra city centre. The airport serves destinations the world over, but is a hub for domestic and continental flights to other parts of the country and New Zealand.
The airport is easily accessible via Parkes Way and Morshead Drive. The nearest main road is the 5 highway, which goes towards the city centre in a northeast direction.