Canberra Facts
Posted 2 May 2020 3:11pm

Facts and information about Canberra that can be used on conference websites, in programs and general communication to delegates and exhibitors.



A safe and inclusive city, Canberra is both centrally located and easy to move around. As the capital city of Australia, Canberra is well connected to other destinations in Australia and has direct flights to Singapore and Doha. Enjoying excellent public transport and infrastructure, the city frequently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

As home to Australia’s Parliament, elected decision makers and experts from around the nation and the world are drawn to Canberra. Across diverse fields, including from medical, science and cyber security to the environment and sport, the city is the headquarters for many of Australia’s leading industry and research partners.

Nestled in a bush setting, Canberra has a well-earned reputation as a desirable destination for lovers of food, culture and nature. The city has a contemporary and vibrant mix of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, world-class galleries and museums, and a cool climate wine region on its doorstep.


Meetings Destination

Canberra is a unique place where you experience a modern city in the Australian bush under big sky beauty. A city designed for collaboration right from the very beginning, Canberra is a people’s park built around a sweeping lake. Avenues easily connect the Parliament and our national cultural buildings with the city’s business district. Canberra has short travel times, giving you more time to connect with conference delegates and enjoy the city’s many offerings.

As home to a diverse range of government, industry and research partners, Canberra provides you with access to experts and resources. It’s also a city experienced at delivering outstanding events. There are a range of conference venues in unique locations from the nationally significant Australian Parliament House to the vibrant hotels sector, which ranges from contemporary luxury to beautiful heritage properties. Accommodation for delegates is also available for every budget and style, in easily accessible and central locations.



Location & Population
Canberra is home to nearly 400,000 people and is:

  • 150km inland from the South Coast
  • 280km from Sydney
  • 660km from Melbourne
  • 210km from the Snowy Mountains

Canberra’s time zone is Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT plus 10 hours), the same as Sydney and Melbourne.

The national capital has four distinct seasons, each with its own beauty and charm. Spring brings flowers, green hills and warm days. Summer provides sunny days and long evenings. Autumn turns the city into a kaleidoscope of colour. Winter’s cool crisp air brings snow to the nearby ranges. Seasonal average temperatures in degrees Celsius are:
Spring 6–19°
Summer 12–27°
Autumn 7–20°
Winter 1–12°

Getting Here and Getting Around

Canberra International Airport connects the capital with other major cities around Australia.

Domestic routes
QANTAS, Virgin Australia offer direct routes to most state capital cities. 

International routes
Regular international services operate from Canberra to Doha with connections to Asia and Europe. International flights are operated by Qatar Airways.

Airport Express
This shuttle service will take you from the airport to the city in 15 minutes:

Canberra welcomes Uber and there's even an Uber waiting lounge at the airport (just outside the Baggage Claim area).

ACT Cabs - (02) 6280 0077

Canberra Elite - 13 227

Canberra Hire Cars - (02) 6126 1577

Silver Service - 133 100

Buses and Light Rail

An extensive network of buses and a new light rail system services Canberra and its surrounding suburbs.

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