About the Area - Mantra on Northbourne
For your next trip to Canberra, if you stay at Mantra on Northbourne you'll be located a short stroll from the CBD, close to many of the city's most well-known attractions, and just minutes' from the city's flourishing shopping precinct, where there is a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from.
Canberra is a city uniquely positioned between Sydney and Melbourne, and was designed in its entirety before it was built. Planned as the home of Parliament House as a solution to the rivalry between these two major cities who were both wanting to claim the title of becoming the home of the Australian Government.
There is plenty to see and do in the Nation's Capital, from discovering Old Parliament House, to visiting the War Memorial and Anzac Parade, to paying tribute to the Australian men and women who gave their lives serving our country. Head to the Australian Institute of Sport or the National Museum of Australia, and learn about Australia's national history and find out about some of our sporting heroes.
If you're looking for something to keep the ides entertained, then the Questacon offers a fun activity for all ages. A Science Centre with a difference, it's a great thing to do in Canberra, and offers everything from exhibitions, interactive galleries and even has a technology museum. It's not just for the kids, parents can also learn a lot at this popular Canberra attraction.
If outdoor activities are something you'd like to get involved in during your trip to Canberra, you can hire bikes and ride around Lake Burley Griffin, stop at one of the lakeside parks to enjoy a picnic lunch, and take in the view of water sports including rowing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, dragon boating, fishing, and paddle boating – just to name a few!
For those interested in food and wine, the Majura Vineyard is an award-winning vineyard, situated approximately 15 minutes' drive from the Canberra CBD. Characterised by its distinctive red soil, the location of this popular vineyard is a picturesque place to unwind. While you're at Majura, take part in the wine tasting, soak in the amazing view of the surrounding countryside, and sample the fresh produce and gourmet food on offer in the region – you won't be disappointed!
Things to do in Canberra
- National Art Gallery of Australia
- The National Portrait Gallery
- War Memorial
- National Arboretum
- Old Parliament House
- Lake Burley Griffin
- Majura Vineyard
Canberra events not to miss
- Floriade – September to October
- Canberra Balloon Spectacular – March
- National ANZAC Day Ceremony – April
- Australia Day Live – January
- Fireside Festival – August
- Canberra Country Blues and Roots Festival – November
- National Folk Festival – April