Canberra International Airport, trading as Canberra Airport, serves the capital city of Australia, Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory. The airport also serves the surrounding regional area of South-Eastern New South Wales. Situated at the eastern edge of North Canberra, this public airport is operated by the Capital Airport Group Pty Ltd and is the eighth busiest airport in Australia. The airport is classified by the Australian Government as a “Designated International Airport”; however, there are no scheduled international flights from Canberra Airport at present. The airport is elevated at 1,886 feet or 575 metres and it has two asphalt surfaced runways designated 17/35 and 12/30, measuring 10,771 feet or 3,283 metres and 5,509 feet or 1,679 metres long, respectively.
Canberra is the capital city of Australia and is the largest inland city of the country, as well as the eighth largest city overall. Canberra is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory, 280 kilometres southwest of Sydney and 660 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. Climate in Canberra is described as relatively dry continental, with warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters.
What to see & do
As the country’s capital, Canberra is the location of many nationally significant cultural establishments and monuments, including the Australian War Memorial, Australian National University, Australian Institute of Sport, National Gallery, National Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Archives, and the National Library. Many Commonwealth government buildings in Canberra are open to the public for visitors to tour around, including the Parliament House, the High Court, and the Royal Australian Mint. Many historic homes are also open to the public. Learn more about the lifestyle of the early European settlers in the Lanyon and Tuggeranong Homesteads in the Tuggeranong Valley, Mugga-Mugga in Symonston, and Blundells’ Cottage in Parkes; and see a well preserved example of a 1920s house in Calthorpes’ House in Red Hill. The city is also known as the “bush capital” of Australia, as its design was influenced by the garden city movement and includes important areas of natural vegetation, and a great place with cycling paths, gardens, parks, bushwalking trails, and nature reserves. Other attractions in Canberra also include Lake Burley Griffin (the location of Captain James Cook Memorial and the National Carillon), Black Mountain Tower, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the National Zoo and Aquarium, the National Dinosaur Museum, Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre, and the Canberra Museum and Gallery.
How to get around Canberra
Covering majority of the city are ACTION buses with inter-town routes, making it Canberra’s primary form of public transport. Canberra also has a well-developed network of off-road and on-road bicycle paths, which makes cycling a practical way to navigate around the city and will get travellers to most attractions. Inter-town buses are equipped with bike racks. Driving around is also easy, as most of the attractions in the city has parking, which are usually free of charge. The roads in Canberra are also in good quality.
How to get there
Canberra Airport handles flights to and from the capital cities of Australia, and the Gold Coast. Airlines and destinations served at the airport are Qantas (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney), QantasLink operated by Cobham (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney), QantasLink operated by Eastern Australia Airlines (Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney), QantasLink operated by Sunstate Airlines (Brisbane), Virgin Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney), and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (Melbourne, Sydney). Canberra is also accessible by train, bus, and car from other cities in Australia.