Visiting Canberra

The National Capital has a wealth of things to see and do - far too many to list here. To discover what's happening during your visit, why not check out the Visit Canberra website.

The weather in Canberra during June/July is cool, with an average maximum temperature of 12°C. The inland location and elevation (around 580m above sea level) give rise to rather cool nights and the mean daily minimum temperature is close to 1°C. Average rainfall in June is just 38mm, which usually comes in short, sharp bursts.

Getting around Canberra

Public transport is limited to buses and because the city is spread out, with meagre weekend services and no transport after about 10pm, visitors are best off with a car. There is plenty of parking at the tourist sites and the road system is excellent and uncongested; to hire a car drivers must be 21 years of age and hold a valid driver's license, sometimes in conjunction with an international driver's permit.

The Action bus company routes cover most tourist attractions from four town centre bus interchanges: City, Woden, Tuggeranong and Belconnen. A day bus pass is available from bus drivers or the tourist information centre. Cycling is also a popular means of transport in Canberra and there is an extensive network of bicycle paths around the city. Taxi ranks are available in most major areas of the city.

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