Explore Canberra from our Central Location

The best things to do in Canberra

Waldorf Canberra Apartment Hotel is centrally located and is the ideal place from which to explore the best of Canberra has to offer with its many events and attractions. Located on the corner of London Circuit and Akuna Street it is only a 5 minute walk to the Canberra Convention Centre, just 260 metres from Canberra’s city centre and shopping centre, Canberra Theatre Centre is just across the road and the wonderful Lake Burley Griffin, with its lovely walking tracks alongside Commonwealth Park, home to the famous annual Floriade display, is within a stone’s throw away.

Within walking distance to many government and corporate offices, Waldorf Canberra is also the perfect choice of accommodation when travelling for business of any nature.

Canberra has come third in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 list. That’s the highest position any Australian city has ever placed in the 13 years of the awards. And it’s easy to see why. 

“Criminally overlooked Canberra packs a big punch for such a small city. National treasures are found round almost every corner and exciting new boutique precincts have emerged, bulging with gastronomic highlights and cultural must-dos.” That’s what Lonely Planet thinks, and we agree.

Canberra has trumped Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to be ranked within the top three of Lonely Planet’s Best Cities to Visit in 2018 – ranking higher than any Australian city has ever been ranked before in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide. 

Come and explore Canberra’s award-winning destination, where outdoor adventures are only moments away from stunning cultural attractions – start your day with a serene hot air balloon soaring high above the city and end with a drink at one of Australia’s best bars. It's so easy to experience one good thing after another in Canberra.

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Our accommodation is nearby:

  • Civic Square
  • Glebe Park
  • Casino Canberra
  • National Convention Centre Canberra
  • Canberra Olympic Pool and Health Club
  • Commonwealth Park
  • Floriade
  • Canberra Bus Interchange
  • Canberra CBD
  • Canberra Institute of Technology
  • Australian National University
  • Lake Burley Griffin
  • Australian War Memorial
  • Parliament House of Australia

LOCAL DINING DELIGHTS 

Try our local dining recommendations.

  • Dobinsons Cafe, 177 Bunda St, Canberra ACT 2601, Open 7 days, Mon-Thurs 6:30am to 5:30pm, Fri 6:30am to 6:30pm, Sat 7:30am to 5:30pm, Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm, Phone: (02) 6257 5966 - Distance from hotel - 450m
  • Courgette Restaurant, 54 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra ACT 2601, Open Mon - Sat, Lunch 12:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Phone: (02) 6247 4042, Fully licensed - Distance from hotel - 1km
  • Banana Leaf, 2/240-250 City Walk, Canberra ACT 2601, Open Mon - Sat, Lunch 11:30am - 2:00pm, Dinner 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Phone: (02) 6193 9335, BYO corkage charge fully licensed  -  Distance from hotel - 160m
  • Temporada, 15 Moore St, Canberra ACT 2601, Open Mon - Fri 7:30am - 10pm, Sat 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Phone: (02) 6249 6683, Fully licensed no BYO - Distance from hotel - 950m
  • Marble and Grain, 25 Mort St, Canberra ACT 2612, Open Mon - Fri 6:30am - 10:00pm, Sat/Sun 7:00am - 10:00pm, Phone: (02) 6246 9555, Fully licensed - Distance from hotel - 850m

Plan your itinerary with these useful ideas… 

Canberra Convention Centre – The Canberra Convention Centre is a large scale convention centre that hosts a range of events, from music performances to business conferences and everything in-between. Location – 500m from the hotel.

Canberra Centre – Canberra Centre located in the CBD of Canberra is a large shopping complex containing everything from well-known retailers to local grocers, clothing, jewellery, electronics, food courts/dessert as well as the more major department stores. Location – 260m from the hotel.

Garema Place – Garema Place contains a variety of coffee shops, restaurants, clubs, clothing stores, banks, music and comic stores (special interest venues) as well as being the host to seasonal community events such as the multicultural festival, ice skating in winter and so forth. A little further up the road is Braddon, home of the chic eateries and clubs to entertain you. Location - 550m from the hotel.

National Gallery of Australia – This picturesque gallery located around Lake Burley Griffin are the perfect way to while away a day. The National Gallery is host to a variety of permanent and transient world famous works, these ranges from paintings by Monet and Pollock, to ancient and post-modern relics from around the world. Location – 3.3km from the hotel.

Commonwealth Park - A large, sprawling park situated right next to Lake Burley Griffin, Commonwealth Park is home to a range of events, the most significant of which are the annual flower show; Floriade, and the music festival - Spilt Milk. It is also host to a variety of smaller events throughout the year, outside of event times, it makes for a relaxing afternoon walk and picnic by the water. Location – 800m from the hotel.

Lake Burley Griffin - Canberra's man made centrepiece, Lake Burley Griffin is surrounded by restaurants and walkways, making for a fantastic roadmap with which one can explore our city. There is also the option to go canoeing along the Lake. Location – 900m from the hotel.
                                                                     
Parliament House – Australia’s ode to democracy allows visitors the opportunity to have an inside look at the current Australian parliamentary system when visiting the Parliament House of Australia. They also display artefacts and general items of interest throughout the building. Location – 3.2km from the hotel.

Old Parliament House – The Old Parliament House is home to The Museum of Australian Democracy which is a living museum of social and political history, located in a nationally listed heritage building along with gorgeous gardens and a variety of restaurants and cafes, this monument to Australian political history makes for a great day out. Location – 2.8km from the hotel.

Canberra Casino - Located just down the road, the Canberra Casino is a popular entertainment option for a night on the town with friends and general socialising whilst experiencing the next generation of gaming. Location – 450m from the hotel.

Australian War Memorial - The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society. Location – 1.8km from the hotel.

Hot Air Ballooning with Balloon Aloft - There’s no better way to fully appreciate Canberra’s charm than from the air with the multi award winning Balloon Aloft, Canberra’s original balloon ride operator. Equal parts exhilarating and relaxing, a hot air balloon ride is one of the best ways to see Canberra and its changing carpet of seasonal colours. Balloon rides operate on demand and are weather dependent.

Royal Australian Mint - The Royal Australian Mint is a listed entity within the Commonwealth Government portfolio of the Treasury and is the sole supplier of Australia's circulating coinage. As well as the Mint's functions to produce Australia's coinage, it produces coins for other countries, along with medals, medallions, tokens and seals for private clients, both national and international. Location – 7km from the hotel.

Questacon – Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre, is located on the southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin. Questacon has more than 200 interactive exhibits relating to science and technology. It has many science programs that are devoted to inspiring the children of Australia to love science. Location – 2.3km from the hotel.

Australian Institute of Sport - Go behind the scenes on an award-winning 90 minute guided tour of Australia's premier elite sports precinct, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), located minutes from the Canberra city centre. Discover where Australia’s sporting champions are created and gain an insight into the life of our leading athletes. Included is a visit to Sportex, one of Australia's leading interactive sports exhibits, set amongst a first-class collection of sporting memorabilia. Try wheelchair basketball, virtual downhill skiing, rock climbing, football penalty shootouts and more. Location – 7.8km from the hotel.

National Zoo & Aquarium – The National Zoo & Aquarium is the only combined zoo and aquarium in Australia which has both Australian endemic species and introduced species including the largest collection of big cats in Australia and variety of tropical marine and freshwater bony fish species. The National Zoo & Aquarium is also involved in a number of breeding programs for endangered species. Location – 7.9km from the hotel.

Cockington Green Gardens - Cockington Green Gardens offers family fun in a world of miniature whilst venturing into the delightful and fascinating displays of meticulously crafted miniature buildings featuring more than 30 different countries, set within beautifully landscaped gardens and the ever popular Miniature Steam Train. Location – 12.2km from the hotel.

Canberra, the national capital is home to many events throughout the year including Floriade, Summernats, National Folk Festival, National Multicultural Festival, Enlighten and many more. Canberra also hosts important national events such as Anzac Day, as well as significant annual festivals including the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. These major drawcards bring thousands of people to Canberra every year.
Blockbuster art and culture events entice many visitors to Canberra’s national attractions each year. Plus Canberra hosts world-class sport, including cricket, AFL, rugby league and rugby union. Any of these events provide a terrific reason to visit the nation’s capital.
For more information on the major events occurring in Canberra throughout the year please visit Canberra’s Event Calendar


FINDING US:
If you require any additional assistance, please call us on 02 6229 1234

BY CAR
From the North: Drive south along the Federal Hwy, then proceed onto Northbourne Ave. Turn left onto London Circuit, then turn left onto Akuna St. The hotel entrance will be approximately 45m ahead on the right.

From Parliament House: Drive north along Commonwealth Ave, then use the left lane take the London Circuit exit towards Civic Square. Merge onto London Circuit, then turn right onto Akuna St. The hotel entrance is approximately 54m ahead on the right.

From the Airport: Drive onto Pialligo Ave from Terminal Ave. Continue on Pialligo Ave, and then continue onto Morshead Dr. Proceed onto Parkes Way. At the first roundabout continue straight to stay on Parkes Way, at the second roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Coranderrk St. Turn left onto Constitution Ave, then right onto London Circuit. Turn right onto Akuna St and the hotel entrance is approximately 54m ahead on the right.

BY BUS
The bus station is located nearby, on the ground floor of the Novotel Canberra (on Northbourne Ave), approximately 700m away.

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Canberra Centre

Canberra Centre

Canberra Centre located in the CBD of Canberra is a large shopping complex containing everything from well-known retailers to local grocers, clothing, jewellery, electronics, food courts/dessert as well as the more major department stores. Location – 260m from the hotel.

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society. Location – 1.8km from the hotel.

Royal Australian Mint

Royal Australian Mint

The Royal Australian Mint is a listed entity within the Commonwealth Government portfolio of the Treasury and is the sole supplier of Australia's circulating coinage. As well as the Mint's functions to produce Australia's coinage, it produces coins for other countries, along with medals, medallions, tokens and seals for private clients, both national and international. Location – 7km from the hotel.

Questacon

Questacon

Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre, is located on the southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin. Questacon has more than 200 interactive exhibits relating to science and technology. It has many science programs that are devoted to inspiring the children of Australia to love science. Location – 2.3km from the hotel.

Australian Institute of Sport

Australian Institute of Sport

Go behind the scenes on an award-winning 90 minute guided tour of Australia's premier elite sports precinct, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), located minutes from the Canberra city centre. Discover where Australia’s sporting champions are created and gain an insight into the life of our leading athletes. Included is a visit to Sportex, one of Australia's leading interactive sports exhibits, set amongst a first-class collection of sporting memorabilia. Try wheelchair basketball, virtual downhill skiing, rock climbing, football penalty shootouts and more. Location – 7.8km from the hotel.

National Zoo & Aquarium

National Zoo & Aquarium

The National Zoo & Aquarium is the only combined zoo and aquarium in Australia which has both Australian endemic species and introduced species including the largest collection of big cats in Australia and variety of tropical marine and freshwater bony fish species. The National Zoo & Aquarium is also involved in a number of breeding programs for endangered species. Location – 7.9km from the hotel.

Cockington Green Gardens

Cockington Green Gardens

Cockington Green Gardens offers family fun in a world of miniature whilst venturing into the delightful and fascinating displays of meticulously crafted miniature buildings featuring more than 30 different countries, set within beautifully landscaped gardens and the ever popular Miniature Steam Train. Location – 12.2km from the hotel.

Canberra Convention Centre

Canberra Convention Centre

500 metres away. A large-scale convention centre that hosts a range of events, from music performances to business conferences and everything in-between. http://www.nccc.com.au/

260 metres to the City Centre, the Canberra city center shopping mall is a large complex containing everything from well-known retailers to local grocers, clothing, jewellery, electronics, food courts/dessert as well as the more well-known department stores.

Garema place contains more coffee shops, restaurants, clubs, clothing stores, banks, music and comic stores (special interest venues) as well as being the host to seasonal community events such as the multicultural festival, ice skating in winter and so forth. A little further up the road is Braddon, home of the chic eateries and clubs to entertain you.

National Gallery of Australia and the Portrait Gallery

National Gallery of Australia and the Portrait Gallery

These two large, picturesque galleries located around Lake Burley Griffin are the perfect way to while away a day. The National Gallery is host to a variety of permanent and transient world famous works, these range from paintings by Monet and Pollock, to ancient and post-modern relics from around the world. https://nga.gov.au/               

The Portrait Gallery, located right next to the National Gallery, is a beautifully designed space offering guests the opportunity to view portraits of Australians from all walks of life, as well as hosting local and international exhibits. - http://www.portrait.gov.au/                 

Glebe Park

Glebe park

A quiet, leafy park offering relaxation and respite in the heart of the city. - https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23b3bd5f1565045d80011/glebe-park                                        

Commonwealth Park

Commonwealth park

A large, sprawling park situated right next to the lake and home to a range of events, the most significant of which are the flower show; floriade, and the music festival - Spilt Milk. It is also host to a variety of smaller events throughout the year, outside of event times, it makes for a relaxing afternoon walk and picnic by the water. https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23ba53ed14ca745318326/commonwealth-park

Lake Burley Griffin

Lake Burley Griffin

Canberra's man made centerpiece is surrounded by restaurants and walkways, making for a fantastic roadmap with which one can explore our city. There is also the option to go canoeing along the Lake - https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23b58d5f1565045d801cf/lake-burley-griffin

Parliament House

Parliament House

Australia’s ode to democracy allows visitors the opportunity to have an inside look at our parliamentary system. They also display artefacts and general items of interest throughout the building. -http://www.aph.gov.au/Visit_Parliament

Canberra Casino

Canberra Casino

Located just down the road, the casino is a popular entertainment option for drinks, gambling and general socialising. - https://casinocanberra.com.au/

Australian National University

Australian National University

A world class university with world class facilities. - http://www.anu.edu.au/

Old Parliament house

Old Parliament house

Hosting the museum of Australian democracy, gorgeous gardens and a variety of restaurants and cafes, this monument to Australian history makes for a great day out. - https://www.moadoph.gov.au/

Waldorf Canberra Apartment Hotel

Waldorf Canberra Apartment Hotel building

2 Akuna street, Canberra 2601