If your trip to Canberra is all organized but your travel itinerary is looking a little empty, let us give you a helping hand.You’ll have to jump out of bed early if you’re hoping to see all the fascinating sights this place has to offer. National Museum of Australia and Australian National Botanic Gardens are no-brainers. Australian War Memorial and National Gallery of Australia shouldn’t be missed either.Not too far from the city center, Canberra Centre is one attraction to consider adding to your must-see list. Commonwealth Park and Lake Burley Griffin are also close by and worth checking out.
See what’s going on in nearby Murrumbateman. What’s 20 miles when you have your own rental car? The journey there is half the fun! Explore the area beginning with Murrumbateman Winery, Doonkuna Estate Winery & Vineyard and Clonakilla Wines. The locals will also likely point you in the direction of Yass, 35 miles away. If you can only see one thing here, let it be Yass Local Court. (But we’re also huge fans of Yass Soldiers Memorial Hall and Yass Golf Club.)
Shorelines can be great places to launch a kite. If there’s a breeze blowing, why not buckle the little ones into the car and take a jaunt to Waddy Point? It’s 2 miles from Canberra and is a terrific place for some family fun.
After spending lots of time chatting to like-minded people, it’s always great to be able to lay your head someplace nearby. If you’re traveling to Canberra on business, here are some of the popular convention centers that are close to hotels, restaurants and cafés:
National Convention Centre (0.5 miles away).
Kamberra Function Centre (3 miles away).
EPIC (4 miles away).
Some people find dodging traffic in big cities a little daunting. But in a small car like a compact or economy, those bustling Canberra streets will be a snap. Rather spend your days discovering the surrounding rolling hills? Have a look at our selection of full-size and mid-size SUVs. With loads of cargo space and more oomph under the hood, these larger cars will make those long, leisurely drives even more unforgettable. Crossing off all the attractions and activities that Canberra is known for has never been easier with your own wheels.
Sometimes the journey is more significant than the destination, which makes your car choice particularly important. If you’re about to head off on an unforgettable road trip around Canberra, a comfortable SUV could be your perfect match. If you’re hoping for the cheapest possible price and plan on doing a lot of city driving, a budget compact is a clever pick. All you have to do is decide what’s going to be the best fit, pack up the car, and start clocking up those miles.
The left-hand side is where you’ll be driving in Canberra. Be aware that the controls of your rental car here, such as the steering wheel and stick shift (if your car has manual transmission), will be on the opposite side of what you’re used to.
Getting a parking spot in Canberra is a snap. You don’t need to drive around the block in heavy traffic here — and that’s what the locals love about it. There’s plenty of off and on-street parking on offer.
As with most cities, you can expect more traffic just before and after work during the week. However, due to its smaller population of about 367,800, traffic gridlock isn’t a huge issue in Canberra.
The residential zones in Canberra have a 50km/h speed limit. Outside these built-up areas, the speed limits usually range between 50km/h and 100km/h.
Generally, one of two things will happen. Your car rental company may charge the amount stated on the fine to your credit card. This is the usual approach. Alternatively, it may forward your contact details to the relevant local authority so the fine is sent straight to you.
As is the case in many places, normal cell phone usage is not permitted while driving a car in Canberra. An exception applies for hands-free or Bluetooth capabilities. Just be sure to maintain focus on the road.
The legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit while driving in Canberra is 0.05%. If you’re in the mood for a big night, leave the car behind and organize another way of getting home instead.
No. In Canberra, red means stop, with no exceptions. When nearing a set of traffic lights, always maintain a safe speed so you can easily stop if you need to.
Yes, so buckle up. Although, there are some exceptions for certain vehicles run by public transportation networks.