Things to do in Canberra + weather guide
Here is travelwheels mini guide to things to do in Canberra + our weather guide. Originally Australia did not have a capital city, leaving Sydney and Melbourne to spend approximately 7 years in the early 1900’s arguing over who should be the Capital city! This argument came to nothing, so a separate state, now known as the Australian Capital Territory (or ACT for short) came into existence.
Canberra Campervan Hire
A lot of our customers ask about Canberra Campervan Hire and if it is worth visiting? They often ask us if Canberra is boring, and do we have a things to do in Canberra webpage? If you are travelling down from Sydney to Melbourne, it is worth a side trip for a day or so. Don’t just take our word for it, have a read of the Lonely Planet guide to Canberra. Also read the Trip Advisor top ten things to do Canberra guide. You can call our team on 0412766616 for more information about hiring a campervan to Canberra.
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An international competition was held to find a bold and exciting design for this new city. Work began in 1913 and was finally completed in 1927, the date the new parliament sat down for the first time in the capital city of Australia, Canberra.Australia’s newest city has a larger population that the city of Hobart with approximately 315,000 people. It is known for being full of city parks and resembles a modern garden city. It’s the only house of parliament in the world which has a grass roof and you can walk right over the top of it as well! The name for the city comes from an original Aboriginal word ‘Kamberra’ which means ‘meeting place’.
Things to do in Canberra – what is the weather like?
Canberra is land locked! If you are thinking of things to do in Canberra and it involves going to the beach then forget it! You might ask what is the weather like in Canberra? The average summer temperature is approximately 26 degrees in the daytime and in the evening it’s about 12 degrees. In the winter months the temperature ranges from freezing to 12 degrees so bring a hat and a jacket!
Things to do in Canberra on your first visit
Below is a list of things to do in Canberra on your first visit to the capital.
- Old Parliament House – This was the original seat of the government until the new building replaced it in 1988.
- This is one of the only places in the world when you can walk right over a politicians head as the new parliament building has a grass roof and you are free to walk right over it
- Aboriginal Tent Embassy – This is a very poignant reminder of how the oldest civilisation has been treated and marginalised in australia!
- Visit some of the great museums such as the National Museum of Australia and gets a hands on experience when visiting the national science and technology centre,
- Australian Institute of Sport – This is the home to many of Australian’s gold medal winners who use the world class training facilities
- National Gallery of Australia – See some original australian masterpieces!
- Namadgi National Park – A bushwalkers paradise with over 160kms of walking trails in a sub-alpine wilderness
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