Canberra is the capital of our nation and its seat of federal government. Its history goes back to the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1900 when all the states agreed to unite as one country and to build a new city to become the new nation's capital. This city was named Canberra and was situated in a new territory excised from New South Wales called the Australian Capital Territory.
Because the birth of the city happened in such unique circumstances it was possible to plan the city from its inception. Mr Walter Burleigh Griffin was engaged by the Australian Government to perform this task and today Canberra is one of the few cities in the world that has the benefit of such a birth. The city was planned around a man made lake which is the major geographical feature of the city and bears the name of the cities designer to this day.
Canberra today is a vibrant city with a huge number of attractions for holiday makers. Every visitor should see the historical displays that have been gathered together to provide an insight into what has made this country so great. A visit to the new Parliament house is a must. This magnificent building will demonstrate the character that is Australia in its displays and historical memorabilia. Try to visit when parliament is sitting and visit the public galleries to witness the decisions being made that will affect your daily life for better or for worse.
Other major attractions include The Australian War Memorial where you can take time to reflect on the commitments and camaraderie of Australians at war. You will learn about the sacrifices made by our forefathers to preserve the lifestyle that we now as a nation enjoy. The National Museum of Australia is another must see destination. You will be enthralled at the magnificent displays that help us understand the past and the trials that have made the Australian character what it is today. The National Gallery of Australia in the ACT is another must see exhibit. Home to the famous 'Blue Poles' and over 100, 000 other exhibits.
Canberra also offers a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget. Restaurants and cafés abound. There is something to suit every taste. Shopping in Canberra is not forgotten either. A number of beautiful shopping plazas such as Woden Plaza, Tuggeranong Hyperdome and Westfield shopping town at Belconnen will provide an unforgettable shopping experience. All things considered, Canberra should be high on the list of everyone's list of places to visit and holiday.
In this website you will find information and pricing for accommodation and attractions throughout Canberra. If you would like to contact one of our consultants call our Australian freecall number, 1800 815 378 now or send us an email request.