Visiting Canberra

Getting to and around Canberra

Flights to Canberra

The following carriers provide frequent flights from most major centre’s across Australia.

Shuttle Bus

Canberra airport offers an Airport Express shuttle bus for airport to city services daily during peak periods for $12.00 on way and $20.00 return.

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If you’d like to drive yourself, rental cars are available.

Hertz, AVIS, Europcar, Thrifty and Budget all have pick up and drop off points at Canberra Airport.


The taxi rank is located centrally on the ground floor of the terminal building, just a short walk from the baggage carousels. The taxi rank is fully undercover and the waiting area is indoors.

Taxi companies which operate from Canberra Airport: ACT Cabs, Cabxpress and Queanbeyan Taxi Co-op.

Average return taxi fare costs from the Airport to the city start from $48.

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Eat and Drink in Canberra

Canberra is known for its award-winning restaurants, vineyards and baristas. You will find a variety of dining styles, cuisines and experiences.

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Things to do in Canberra

Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.

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Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain in Canberra, has the world’s most comprehensive display of living Australian native plants. A place for recreation, inspiration, science and learning.

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Parliament House

Visit Parliament House, Canberra, and experience Australia’s robust democracy in action.

You can watch Question Time, see bills being debated, and sit in on committee inquiries as current issues are explored in detail.

You’ll also find some of Australia’s finest historical treasures and contemporary art on display throughout the building, and in our permanent and temporary exhibitions.

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National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia explores the land, nation and people of Australia.

We focus on Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement and our interaction with the environment.

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Canberra Museum and Gallery

A vibrant place in the heart of the city, Canberra Museum and Gallery celebrates the region’s social history and visual arts with dynamic exhibitions and unique community programs and events.

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Australian Institute of Sport

Go behind the scenes at Australia’s premier elite sports precinct and experience one of Canberra’s most popular tourist attractions. You might catch some of Australia’s top athletes in training.

Challenge yourself in Sportex, a leading interactive sports exhibit set amongst a unique collection of Australian sporting memorabilia. Best of all Sportex is included free as part of every AIS Tour.

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Hot Air Ballooning

Experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise with Canberra’s most experienced hot air balloon operators. Canberra by hot air balloon provides the ultimate experience, leaving you with a lifetime of memories to share with family and friends! Book your own balloon flight and experience the excitement that is the Canberra Balloon Spectacular.

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Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

At Questacon, we strive to promote greater understanding and awareness of science and technology within the community. We’re committed to making that experience fun, interactive, and relevant.

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Royal Australian Mint

The Royal Australian Mint is a listed entity within the Commonwealth Government portfolio of the Treasury and is the sole supplier of Australia’s circulating coinage.

The passing of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act empowered the Government to make laws with respect to currency, coinage and legal tender. The Coinage Act 1909 put in place the first steps for an Australian coinage. Thus began the journey towards a mint owned by the Commonwealth and independence from the branches of the Royal Mint.

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