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About Canberra

Canberra is the majestically green capital city of Australia. With a population of381,488 inhabitants, it is the largest inland city in the country. Canberra is masterfully laid out with the most exquisite architecture. Tourists attractions of this historic city, includes the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House and the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Cheap flights to Canberra are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be enchanted by the indigenous history of this city! Canberra is home of Canberra Airport (CBR), which is located a short 10-minute drive from the city centre. Canberra Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Qantas. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Canberra is approximately 14 hours and 20 minutes. The flight duration from Cape Town to Canberra is 18 hours and 10 minutes.

Why visit Canberra

rugby at sunset

Canberra - Rugby

Locals thoroughly enjoy the energetic game of rugby. Home to the Brumbies and Canberra Raiders, the Canberra Stadium hosts spectacular home games for both teams.

building under night sky

Australian National Collection

Learn about the important and diverse stories of the indigenous Australians. Curious visitors can explore the city’s culture, art and history through museums, galleries and archives.

shooting spring in lake

Lake Burley Griffin

The artificial lake is in the centre of Canberra. Dragon boats, kayaks and sailing boats can be seen on the lake, as locals frequent the water throughout the day.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Australia
Currency Australian Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.10 AUD
Language English
Hub Airport Canberra Airport
Airline Qantas
Time Zone GMT +11
Travel Adaptor Type I

Best time to visit Canberra

The ideal time to visit Canberra is during the spring months of September to November. This time is best for roaming around the city. The Floriade Festival will delight your senses with its boastful display of more than a million bulbs and annuals that have been planted across the inner city parkland. Autumn (March to May) in Canberra is also a pleasant time; festivals include the Canberra Hot Air Balloon Festival and National Folk Festival. July is generally the coldest time of the year; extreme cold is not for the faint hearted.

Weather & Climate in Canberra

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 13°C 13°C 11°C 7°C 3°C 1°C -0.1°C 1°C 3°C 6°C 8.8°C 11°C
High °C 28°C 27°C 24°C 20°C 16°C 12°C 11°C 13°C 16°C 19°C 23°C 26°C
Rainfall (mm) 59 56 51 46 44 40 41 46 52 62 64 54

Overview

Nestled between the two main Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne, the capital city is beautifully set in a hub of scenic hills and around an artificial lake – Lake Burley Griffin. The tranquil green landscapes make the city the perfect getaway.

The city houses informative cultural institutions, and has an incredible arts community. Being the capital city, many institutions offer free admissions, which helps tremendously with your holiday budget. Canberra is an impeccable city for new discoveries, learning and having fun. From flower shows to water sports on a man-made lake, Canberra is sure to keep you in touch with nature, down under.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do require a visa to travel to Australia. You should apply through TLScontact - a commercial company working in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIPB).

Steps to follow when applying for a visa:

• Select the visa subclass which suits your purpose for travelling to Australia. • Download the list of supporting documentation required for your visa. • Book an appointment at the TLScontact Visa Application Centre

Health & Safety

It is highly recommended that you to purchase travel insurance, especially if you will be partaking in any adventure activities, such as extreme water sports and bushwalking. Canberra has world-class hospitals and a phenomenal standard of care.

Travellers do not require any special immunisations or vaccinations. Protection against the harsh sun is highly recommended, as the Australian sun can be severe (and can burn your skin within 15-minutes of exposure). UV radiation levels are at their highest between 11am and 3pm. Apply a high-level water resistant sunscreen throughout the day. Drink plenty of water to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Canberra has a low crime rate, and locals generally experience a safe lifestyle. However, with travelling to any major city, you should be cautious of your new surroundings. Keep your personal belongings safe.

When going on a hike or bushwalk, tourists should take into account the length and difficulty of the walk. Always check the weather forecast for the day as extreme weather could result in an unfortunate incident. Stay on the track and away from cliff edges. It is best to go hiking or bushwalking with a group; avoid walking alone.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Canberra
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R192.08
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R57.63
Cappucino (regular) R10.00 R22.31 R39.22
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10.00 R10.00 R19.11
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R38.50 R38.00 R264.12
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