The United States has Washington, D.C. England has London. Germany has Berlin. Australia has Canberra. All capital cities and all worthy of a visit, but it’s Canberra we want you to look into first. You’ll understand why we’re pushing so hard for this place when you take a walk through the National Botanical Gardens, see the Australian Parliament House and boogie down on Bunda Street. Take a look at lastminute.com.au’s Canberra packages and feel the buzz for yourself when you go tomorrow.
Welcome to the capital! Now go get yourself a vehicle from lastminute.com.au’s fantastic car hire options in Canberra and set off. Cruise over to the National Museum of Australia and get familiar with the country’s history—which spans 50,000 years, so get comfortable. The place is home to the world’s biggest collection of Aboriginal bark art, the 1948 Daimler landaulette used by Queen Elizabeth II during her Royal Tour and cricket gear worn by some of the sport’s biggest legends.
Once you’re done becoming an expert in all things Oz, next on your holiday in Canberra list of to-dos should be exploring the Australian National Botanic Gardens. You can experience every type of ecosystem on the continent in one day! Get tropical in Rainforest Gully. See what’s happening in the desert when you wander through the Rock Garden. Finally, see if you can figure out what koalas find so amazing about eucalyptus trees on the Ecualypt Lawn. Don’t eat the leaves—they have psychoactive properties to them. How do you think those koalas chill so hard?
Sometimes you have to do some digging to find the perfect souvenir, but not on holidays to Canberra. There’s markets and shopping centres everywhere. Start off in the Canberra Antiques Centre, where you’ll be able to pick through vintage art, home goods and clothing. Sometimes there’s live music to serenade you while you’re splurging. If you’d prefer a modern mall, take your pick from City Walk, Belconnen Mall or Fyshwick. There’s more, but who needs that many options besides Kim K?
As much as you like to shop, you’ve got to eat. Since this is a major city, there’s everything from cheap fast food joints to fancy sit-down venues where one plate can empty your bank account. Now, you’re in the national capital, so naturally you’ve got to try a meat pie (the national dish). After that’s digested, go for a roast lamb at a steakhouse. There’s also French, Vietnamese, Italian and plenty of other international options scattered about town.
You splurged, you gorged and now it’s time to rage on your Canberra holiday. Pubs. Lounges. Nightclubs. Whatever you want, you can find it here…here being Bunda Street in the city centre. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a spot that don’t fit your needs. But if you still need more, check out the establishments on London Circuit. If that doesn’t get you going, we don’t know what to tell you. Just head back to your hotel and sleep through the night.
Are you ready to see why we’re pushing hard for the heart of the Australian Capital Territory? You bet you are. Check out our unbelievable offers on Canberra package deals and see what’s up in the capital of the “Land Down Under”.
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