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Destination guide

Canberra's a planned city of deliberate awesomeness

A place where everything is on purpose? Yes, that's Australia's carefully selected and planned capital city, Canberra. With a focus on merging nature and green space into urban areas, it's centered around the man-made Lake Burley Griffin, a sprawling body of water with many activities for you and your mates to enjoy. The lake divides Canberra into north and south areas, the north being the commerce and shopping neighbourhood, and the south housing government buildings. Whether your inner traveller is a city slicker or a bush wanderer, you'll find your grail when you book Canberra vacation rentals.

Things to do

Scramble for that camera with all these neat attractions

Head to the top of Telstra Tower, where the 360-degree views of Canberra and the surrounding lands will have you scrambling for your camera. Canberra's National Arboretum is a sweet space for all ages, with contemporary cafes and ultra-creative play spaces and treehouses. On Sundays, visit the Old Bus Depot Markets for a sampling of local delights in the form of arts, crafts and mouth-watering food. Brush up on Australian history and culture with a visit to the striking National Museum of Australia, and the National Gallery of Australia, the latter of which has a notable collection of aboriginal art.

Activities

What really takes the cake is Canberra's cool lake

For outdoor activity right in the city, Lake Burley Griffin is the happenin' spot. This enormous and versatile lake offers boat rentals, dinner cruises, picnics, and good ol' fashioned exercise in the form of biking, swimming and walking. Commonwealth Park on the lakeshore is also the location of Australia's largest flower festival, Floriade, every spring. So if you're here at that time, it makes 'scents' to go to this gorgeous festival. Just a few clicks outside of most Canberra vacation rentals, there are many nature reserves that highlight the lovely hinterland, so rent a ute and explore the bush.

Weather

Fall and spring are a real pallette-pleaser

Canberra's climate is dry, and when it does rain or storm, it'll usually be in spring or early summer. You'll want thongs and sunscreen for hot January that has highs in the upper 20s. Springtime is a visual treat, with blossoming flowers painting the city with colour. Fall is another season of vibrant colour: Canberra's trees explode with deep reds and bright yellows. In the winter, you'll see temps cold enough for frost and, very rarely, a light dusting of snow. And no matter what the season, the crisp air and clear blue skies are a perfect backdrop for Canberra vacation rentals.

Natural highlights

Forget the grid; circle-style cities are the best

The picture-perfect centre of Canberra overlooks Lake Burley Griffin and extends from there in a wheel-and-spoke style, rather than the standard ol' grid you often see in cities. The lake splits the city into north and south regions that are oh-so-scenic, especially with various peaks rising in the distance, such as Mount Ainslie, Black Mountain and the Brindabella Range. There are about a million tours you can take to explore the hinterland nature. Fish on a river or lake, birdwatch in the wetlands, or search for marsupials in a bush walkabout.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Canberra

Fly into Canberra, ACT (CBR-Canberra Intl.), the closest airport, located 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city centre.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Canberra?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 149 holiday rentals around Canberra. From 94 flats & apartments to 33 holiday houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Canberra is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Canberra?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Canberra. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Canberra Museum and Gallery: 164 holiday rentals
  • Canberra Theatre Centre: 164 holiday rentals
  • National Convention Centre: 164 holiday rentals
  • Australian National University: 164 holiday rentals
  • Civic Square: 164 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Canberra listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Canberra?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 94 Condos/Apartments in Canberra. Our other popular types of Canberra holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 33 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 2 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 2 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Canberra?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 43 holiday homes with pool available in Canberra. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.