About the area

Mantra on Northbourne in Canberra provides the ideal location, just a few minutes' from the CBD, and close to many of the city's most popular attractions. The hotel is situated in the heart of the city's bustling shopping district, offering a variety of cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Located half way between Melbourne and Sydney, Canberra was established as the place of Parliament House, due to fierce competition between these two capital cities, each wanting to stake a claim as being the Nation's Capital.

When looking for things to see and do in Canberra there isn't a shortage of choices. Start by taking a visit to the Old Parliament House, the War Memorial and Anzac Parade, and experience the nation's intriguing sporting history at the Australian Institute of Sport, before making your way to the National Museum of Australia.

To keep the kids entertained, Questacon – a Science Centre with a difference – is a great place to start, with a range of activities including interactive galleries that both children and parents can enjoy.

While in Canberra it's worth checking out the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin, the gem of the city. There are lots of ways to enjoy the lake, from utilising the parks and walkways, to taking part in a water sport such as kayaking, windsurfing or fishing.

If you're planning to make food and wine an important part of your agenda, then the Majura Vineyard is the place to go. Located 15 minutes' drive from the Canberra CBD, its countryside vista provides the ultimate location to unwind while learning about the region's local produce. Sample the vineyard's selection of wines in an onsite tasting, and experience the gourmet food that's celebrated by the region.

Things to do in Canberra:

  • National Art Gallery of Australia
  • Questacon
  • War Memorial
  • Old Parliament House
  • Lake Burley Griffin
  • Majura Vineyard
  • Floriade – September to October