Attracting Business and Cultural Visitors Alike
Canberra has long been a destination for corporate travellers. Canberra has venues that are ideal for business people, a multitude of public transportation options for easier travel around the city, deals on hotels in Canberra, and daily flights into and out of all the capital cities. Although it is ideally situated for business travellers, it is also becoming increasingly popular with cultural travellers as well. Cultural tourism includes those who are in search of historic sites and experiences, national monuments, and landscapes.
Canberra is located in the Australian Capital Territory, about 250 kilometres from Sydney and 480 kilometres from Melbourne. Aboriginal people had inhabited the region for thousands of years. Europeans began to settle the area in the 1820s, and although settlement was slow, the indigenous population began to drop dramatically due to a lack of immunity to such diseases as smallpox and influenza. The Commonwealth of Australia was formed in 1901, and while both Sydney and Melbourne desired the honour of becoming the new capital, the commonwealth decided instead to build their capital city in Canberra.
Although the foundation stone was laid in 1913, the growth of the city was slow, thanks largely to World War I and the depression. Government House was built in 1927, and the Australian National University was established by 1946. By the late 1960s, the city had a population of 100,000.
As the capital, Canberra is also home to the Royal Mint, Parliament, the Canberra War Memorial, the National Library of Australia, and the High Court of Australia.
Regardless of what brings you to the nation’s capital, there are plenty of national attractions and cultural outlets to keep you busy throughout your stay in Canberra. Explore history and national culture during one of our festivals or celebrations or learn about Indigenous culture and art at one of our many galleries or museums. Whether you prefer sports, gardening, or shopping, you are sure to find something to pique your interests, from mountain-biking trails and botanic gardens to the national zoo and nature reserve.
Accommodations range from furnished or serviced apartments for comfortable, affordable long-term stays to luxurious five-star hotels in the CBD, bed and breakfasts, or caravan parks for those just passing through. Dining options include fine dining, leisurely book cafes, cinema restaurants, waterfront cafes, quiet pubs, and zesty nightclubs.