The colors of Autumn in Commonwealth Park in Canberra

Aust. Capital Territory

From its vibrant cities to its stunning national parks, here’s why you should add ACT to your bucket list.

Australia has some of the most diverse and beautiful natural landscapes in the world, and one region that is especially worth exploring is the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Located in the southeast corner of New South Wales, this small but mighty territory boasts an array of experiences to suit every traveller.

Cultural Centres

The ACT is home to two vibrant cities—Canberra and Queanbeyan—which offer a range of cultural experiences. Canberra is Australia’s capital city and houses many of its iconic institutions, such as Parliament House. It’s also known for being a hub for arts and culture, with many museums, galleries and theatres to explore. Queanbeyan is a charming city located just across the border from Canberra. It offers a more relaxed atmosphere than Canberra and has earned itself a reputation as an up-and-coming foodie destination thanks to its array of restaurants and cafes.

Outdoor Adventures

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, then look no further than ACT’s National Parks. Namadgi National Park is home to spectacular mountains, rivers and valleys that are perfect for hiking or camping trips. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers visitors the chance to get close to native wildlife like kangaroos, wallabies and platypuses in their natural environment. And don't forget about Cotter Reserve - it's the ideal spot for a picnic or BBQ with friends or family!

Shopping & Leisure

Fancy a spot of shopping? The ACT has plenty of options available when it comes to retail therapy! In Canberra alone you can find some great boutiques selling local designer clothing as well as larger shopping centers with major international stores like Zara and H&M. If you're after something more leisurely, there are plenty of activities on offer such as bike rides along lakeside trails or visits to wineries where you can sample some delicious local wines.

The Australian Capital Territory may be small but it packs quite a punch when it comes to things to do! Whether you’re looking for cultural experiences, outdoor adventures or simply want some leisurely activities – there truly something here for everyone! 

So make sure you add this destination onto your next travel itinerary – You won't regret it!


  • The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is located 320 km south-west of Sydney and is wholly surrounded by New South Wales. It includes Jervis Bay Territory on the eastern coast for administrative purposes.
  • Canberra was established in 1911 as a compromise for a capital city between Sydney and Melbourne.
  • On 18th January 2003, bushfires broke containment lines and engulfed parts of Canberra resulting in 500 homes being destroyed, four casualties, and many injuries. Duffy was impacted particularly hard with 200 homes being destroyed.


Information Bay

Roadside Assistance:     AANT

Emergency:     000
Police:     000
Country Code:     +61
Area Code:     2

Canberra and Region Visitors Centre
330 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT 2602 
PH: +61 02 6205 0044

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