Not everyone knows, but Canberra is the capital of Australia. This is perhaps one of the most unusual capitals in the world. Firstly, there are practically no traffic jams! Secondly, by world capital standards, Canberra is a fairly young city, it is only a little over 100 years old. There is no old square and town hall, but there are many parks, the bright Australian sun shines, and a picturesque lake is located in the city center. We will tell you more about the capital of Australia in our guide.
How to get to Canberra?
Getting to Canberra, as well as to Australia, is not difficult in principle, but it takes a long time. Flight time can be from 9 to 25 hours. Few can master such a long journey. However, once in Australia, you will realize that it was not in vain that you suffered all the inconveniences of a long journey. Here you can spend the most unforgettable vacation, get acquainted with the exotic world of local flora and fauna and visit the most isolated mainland of the planet.
Canberra International Airport daily receives domestic and international flights from Singapore, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. If you fly from other countries, then most likely you will have to take a connecting flight to Sydney or Melbourne, and then depart for Canberra on domestic flights.
Canberra Airport is 8 km from the city. To get from the airport to the city you can take a taxi, bus or rent a car. A bus route 3 (R3) leaves for the city. You can buy a ticket in vending machines in the terminal or for cash from the driver.
Things to do in Canberra
All sights in Canberra can be divided into two categories: architectural man-made and natural. All architectural attractions relate to modern history and are dedicated to events that have occurred over the past hundred years. Here are some of them:
- Australian Parliament Building;
- The Australian War Memorial, which is dedicated to the inhabitants of the continent who died during the First World War;
- National Gallery;
- Telstra Tower, and others.
Also in the capital of Australia there are many natural attractions. For example, Black Mountain National Nature Park. Here is the largest botanical garden in the country. Almost all trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants that can be found on the continent are planted on an area of about 90 hectares.
Another no less interesting place is Lake Burley Griffin. In shape it resembles a rhombus, on the banks of which there is a huge fountain. Sailing regattas are often held on the lake, surfers, kayakers and water ski lovers like to relax here. Also, festivals and holidays are often held here. Among the most famous are the music festival, the flower festival and of course the balloon festival.