Canberra is Australia’s capital city and the largest inland city. Home to the Australian National Collection and packed with galleries, museums, landmarks and wildlife, Canberra is an ideal location for a stopover between Melbourne and Sydney.
There are many things to keep you occupied in Canberra, here’s our pick of the best things to do.
The National Botanic Gardens is a stunning collection of native plants from all over Australia and it’s only a couple of minutes drive away from the CBD. The plants are not only on display for the public to admire but they are also used for research into plant classification and biology. It’s the only place you’ll be able to see such a diversity of Australian native plants in one place. We recommend allowing at least 1 hour for yourself to be captured in this botanical paradise but you could easily spend the whole day there. Parking is available at the gardens, priced at $3.40 per hour or $14 for the whole day. More information on visiting the gardens can be found on their website.
If you’re a big lover of wildlife, then the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is the place to be. Located in the north of Canberra, the sanctuary is only a short 25 min drive from the centre of Canberra. The Sanctuary is a 985 hectare reserve set up to provide a safe home for native Australian animals that have faced extinction. The team at the sanctuary work hard to re-populate these species to ensure they do not become extinct. The reserve is also popular for walking, cycling and birdwatching. If possible, book yourself onto the Twilight Tour. On the Twilight Tour you might be lucky enough to see the Eastern Bettong, who have extinct from the Australian mainland for almost 100 years, or see a tiny Sugar Glider eating nectar from the top of a flowering eucalyptus tree.
If you’re exploring on foot then it’s worth checking out Lake Burley Griffin. Lake Burley Griffin is an artificial lake in the centre of Canberra. Named after Walter Burley Griffin, the American architect who won the competition to design the city, it was deliberately placed in the approximate geographical centre. There is ample activities to keep you entertained on the lake from rowing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or fishing. If you like to keep dry there is many cycling and walking paths, as well as numerous parks, gardens and cafes where you can sit back and enjoy the views along the 40m shoreline.
If you are a fan of the arts, Canberra is a must-do on your campervan trip itinerary. With such an extensive number of galleries and exhibition spaces it’s worth setting aside a day or two to explore them all, and better still, general admission is free! The National Gallery of Australia is where you’ll find the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks on display.
If you’re looking to get some incredible Instagram shots, we suggest heading to the Mount Ainslie Lookout which is only a 10-15 min drive from the city centre. This is the perfect day drip for campervan roadtrippers because you can either walk, cycle or drive to the lookout. It’s a treat for the eyes at any time of the day but head up there at sunrise or sunset if you’re looking for something extra special.
With its warm, dry summers and crisp, cool winters, Australia’s capital Canberra will draw you in no matter when you choose to visit. Canberra’s winter months (June to August) get quite cold, the highs temperatures during the day are around 12°C and lows dropping to 0°C. Snow falls in the nearby Australian Alps, making Canberra a great stopover on your journey to the slopes. The summer (December to February) is lovely in Canberra, with little humidity and balmy nights. Highs temperatures reach 29°C and lows are around 14°C with only 4 to 5 days of rainfall in the summer months.
If you have any questions about Canberra or Australia, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We can help you find a fantastic deal on your campervan rental too.
- Canberra South Motor Park – a short 20 min drive from the city centre and is very family friendly
- Alivio Tourist Park – great pool on site
- Southside Village – located in Fyshwick just a short 20 minute drive from the city centre
- Exhibition park – the only pet friendly camping in Canberra and offers stays of up to 28 days
- Lanterne Rooms – Asian fusion menu, known to be a wonderful dining experience
- Raku – authentic Japanese food in a beautiful setting
- Ottoman Cuisine – Excellent Mediterranean and Turkish food
- Dickson Asian Noodle House – tasty noodles, Asian fusion menu
- Supa Bowl – superfoods and super fun! Tasty poke bowls with gluten free options
- Pizza Gusto – delicious wood-fired pizzas