Around 25 percent of the ACT's international visitors each year are in the backpacker category, most there just to enjoy a holiday.
Our national capital does have a lot to offer visitors; Parliament Houses new and old, the National Museum, the War Memorial, then National Gallery and Questacon for starters. The flatness of the city makes it deal for walking and cycling, and Lake Burley Griffin is great for stopping for a picnic lunch. A visit to Telstra Tower or Mount Ainslie is a good way to appreciate the layout of the carefully planned city.
Canberra hosts many festivals throughout the year; Multicultural Festival, Balloon Fiesta, International Film Festival and the beautiful Floriade floral show heralding spring.
Canberra City YHA is within walking distance to most major attractions, shops, cafes, restaurants, banks, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and transport. Facilities include an indoor pool and spa, sauna, Internet café, fully equipped kitchen, barbeque area, on-site café and bar providing live local entertainment.
Canberra City YHA opened 18 months ago. It's a couple of blocks from the coach terminal and walking distance to some of the country's best cultural and historical attractions, as well as nightclubs, cinemas, theatres, shops, cafés and restaurants.
It offers affordable and modern accommodation in a newly built complex. Facilities include an indoor pool, spa, sauna, full kitchen. Rooftop barbecue area, internet café. Rooms on offer are double/twin and multi share, family and girls only. Its facilities are first rate and it is considered to be one of the most well-equipped and well-designed youth hostels in Australia.
Linen is provided; you can hire a bicycle there, do your laundry, store your luggage, park your car, relax in the lounge and borrow a movie. There are facilities for the disabled.
Families with children are welcome. Children under 16 must be accommodated in private rooms, and children under 18 must be with a parent or guardian.
Canberra City YHA rooms start at $25 per person in a mixed dormitory and $110 for a family room which sleeps up to seven people.
Virgin Blue has flights to Canberra.
One-way fares from
- Melbourne, $99
- Sydney, $115
- Adelaide, $125
- Brisbane, $135
- Perth, $230
- Darwin, $290
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at July 12, 2007 and are subject to change.
Prices quoted correct at 12.07.2007
Australia's Capital Territory.
For further information
Canberra City YHA
7 Akuna Street
Canberra City 2601
Ph: (02) 6248 9155
Fax: (02) 6249 1731
Ph: 13 6789
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