Discover Canberra

Canberra also enjoys a spectacular food scene, where the best in local produce and cool climate wines are served.

The city is dotted with monuments that stand proud in steadfast tribute to Australia’s history; while opportunities to indulge in food and wine, shopping, culture, and sights abound.

Canberra boasts a number of lively and fun entertainment settings. For a relaxed yet chic nightlife experience visit cosy wine and tapas bars such as Trinity in Dickson, Knightsbridge Penthouse in Braddon and Ha Ha and La De Da in Belconnen.

Canberra also enjoys a spectacular food scene, where the best in local produce and cool climate wines are served.

Some of the city’s favourite dining haunts can be found in suburban pockets like Braddon  an after-work playground for young professionals; Manuka and Kingston  two of Canberra’s trendiest suburbs; and Griffith, O’Connor, Ainslie, Dickson, Action, Curtain and Belconnen  all of which hosts award-winning cafes and restaurants.

Canberra’s retail scene is just as impressive. On-trend boutiques, major department stores, retail malls, street markets and local designers cater for every shopping whim.

Home to haunts like Canberra Centre, City Walk, Petrie Plaza and Garema Place, the city centre showcases an outstanding portfolio of national and international brands; while Canberra’s many markets  i.e. Old Bus Depot Markets, The Capital Regional Farmers Market, Gorman House Markets and Hall Markets  highlight local art, produce, foods and fashion.

Situated just hours away from some of Australia’s most scenic settings, Canberra is also great base for exploration and discovery. 

Take a day trip to the South Coast’s picturesque Jervis Bay. Experience the famous Snowy Mountains and witness Australia’s tallest mountain, Mt Kosciusko, in all its glory. Explore the magnificent caves and crystal formations of Wee Jasper. Discover the region’s surrounds from above with a hot air balloon tour. Or visit the capital on a guided excursion from Sydney.

Discover Canberra

  • Virgin Australia operates flights to Canberra daily, direct from most Australian capital cities, and some major regional centres. All guests flying on Virgin Australia Capital Connect services from Sydney or Melbourne to Canberra receive complimentary beer, wine, and cheese and crackers.
  • Our partner, Virgin Australia Holidays offers great Canberra holiday packages.
Words by Alice Nash - Published 2 April 2012
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Population Approx 345,000
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
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