The Australian Capital Territory, formerly the Territory for the Seat of the Government, is a self-governing internal territory in the southeast area of Australia, completely surrounded by New South Wales. The only city in the territory is Canberra, known as the capital city of Australia.
What to see & do
Namadgi National Park - The Namadgi National Park borders New South Wales' Kosiuszko National Park. It is located some 40 kilometres southwest of the city centre and comprises about 46% of the total land area of the Australian Capital Territory. Namadgi National Park protects part of the Australian Alps, with grassy plains, alpine meadows, and snow gum forests. Resident fauna include wallabies, wombats, magpies, and Eastern Grey Kangaroos. The highest peak in the ACT is the park's very own Bimberi Peak, at 6,270 feet (1,911 metres).
Australian War Memorial - The Australian War Memorial is the country's national memorial dedicated to the members of the armed forces and other organisations who participated in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. Opened to the public in 1941, the museum is one considered to be one of the most significant memorials worldwide. The memorial comprises of three areas: the Commemorative Area or shrine, the Memorial's Galleries, and the Research Centre. The grounds of the memorial also include the outdoor Sculpture Garden.
Canberra Museum and Gallery - The Canberra Museum and Gallery is a free-entry art gallery and museum in the London Circuit, in the central business district of Canberra. The museum houses a large collection of artworks and artefacts relating to the Canberra region.
Australian National Botanic Gardens - The Australian Government's Department of the Environment and Heritage maintains the botanic gardens that serve as the largest collection of native Australian flora. There are over 5,500 species represented in the gardens, displayed in thematic sections and in ecological groupings present in the wild. Also on-site is the Australian National Herbarium, home to the largest collection of pressed plant specimens in the country.
How to get around within Australian Capital Territory
Bus service covers most of the city and its surrounding areas, although buses do not operate between midnight and 6:00 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and after 7:00 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. Canberra has a well-developed network of bicycle paths for those who want to rent a bike (or bought for cheap) and cycle around the city. Many of the attractions are accessible by bike, and most of the shopping centres and other establishments. Intertown buses can carry bicycles on the bike racks if you need to travel long distance. As for travelling via a private or rented vehicle, the roads are generally of good quality and parking is usually free.
How to get there
Canberra International Airport is the primary airport serving the capital Canberra. It is served by the airlines Qantas, QuantasLink, Virgin Australia, and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, which depart from other major Australian cities, namely Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth, Townsville, Hobart, and Gold Coast. Unfortunately, there are currently no scheduled direct commercial international flights into the territory. Travellers coming from outside of Australia would have to go through the country's international airports, such as Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport and Melbourne Airport, to get a connecting flight to Canberra International Airport.