When the winter chill hits, travelling locally may not be top of mind but there are some destinations that make for a wonderful off-season experience. And our national capital is one of them.
Canberra is accustomed to coping with seasonal extremes and as such, its attractions and amenities make it a pleasant place to be even when the mercury makes for ugly viewing.
The city’s showpiece indoor attractions are, by definition, of national significance. And these landmarks are well complemented by a rich cultural calendar of winter festivals, performances, events and superb restaurants and exhibitions that make the ACT a highly desirable cold weather destination.
Start your winter escape in comfort by catching the train to Canberra and relax along the way enjoying the benefits of extra space, luggage allowances and convenience that rail travel affords.
The Canberra XPLORER runs at least twice a day from Australia’s largest city and arrives in less than 4hrs 30mins in the capital – roughly the same time it takes to drive from the Sydney CBD.
From Melbourne, the 8:30am service will take you a tick over nine hours to arrive at your destination.
With the Statewide coach connections added to the NSW TrainLink services and the many concessions on offer, the rail option makes a visit to the ACT accessible for anyone.
So, what to see and do when you get to Canberra?
Here’s Well Travelled’s Top 10 Canberra Attractions this Winter
Click the links for each one to see the very latest information on opening times, dates and costs.
- The Australian War Memorial
- The National Art Gallery
- The National Museum of Australia
- Old Parliament House
- The National Library
- Cyrano De Bergerac
- The Annual Truffle Festival
- The National Photographic Portrait Prize
- Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Opera Gala
- Canberra Writer’s Festival