All you need to know about Canberra

Chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 cities to visit in 2018, Canberra has a remarkable amount on offer. Purpose built in the 20th century and chosen for its location between the major cities of Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra is one of the world’s newest capitals. Over recent years, the Australian Capital has undergone a creative renaissance with a host of innovative bars, restaurants, and cultural attractions breathing life into city. A consciously planned cityscape, featuring wide avenues and tree-lined streets, Canberra’s ‘liveable’ status is largely contributed to its vast greenery. Since becoming the nation’s capital in 1927, central Canberra has developed into a cosmopolitan metropolis, with expansive space interspersed by dense pockets of urban life. Here at SilverDoor, we have a range of corporate accommodation available for you to choose from; enquire today and we can elevate your stay with one of our many serviced apartments in Canberra.

What do I need to know about staying Canberra?

The name Canberra means “meeting place” in the old Ngunnawal aboriginal language, which is native to Australia. Evidence suggests that the Canberra area was inhabited 21,000 years ago by indigenous Australians settling here seasonally prior to the arrival of European travellers. Canberra is characterised by a relatively dry climate with four distinct seasons; to experience the best of this, we recommend travelling in the summer months between November and February. In Canberra, large stores and international brands are second only to the bustling shopping areas of domestically produced goods. The city is characterised by the traditional farmers markets and boutiques of food, wine, and handicrafts from the surrounding areas – all within easy reach of our serviced apartments in Canberra.

Transport in Canberra

As Canberra isn’t a hyper modern city, Australia’s capital is rather like a large town surrounded by a vast amount of nature which contributes towards the slightly slower paced atmosphere. This advantageously means that everything takes ten minutes to get to in Canberra - with minimal traffic and frequent connections, visitors can see the city conveniently and efficiently. Cycling is the perfect mode of transport for those who enjoy exercising while exploring; bikes can be hired from several stores in Canberra and the normal hiring rates are around $20 per hour. The bus line 101 connects major attractions in the city centre circling Braddon, such as the Canberra Theatre Centre, and the Canberra Centre shopping hub. Guests can also rely on ride-hailing platforms such as Uber or taxis in the city centre if travelling to locations directly.

Shopping in Canberra

The Canberra CBD is home to some of the most iconic retailers in the capital while Braddon is bursting at the seams with Australian designer boutiques and stores. Located in the heart of the city is the Canberra Centre where visitors can find an extensive selection of speciality stores. Each of Canberra’s larger suburban towns feature a shopping mall so visitors will never be far from retail options. The Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets are a Canberra institution and Canberra’s oldest markets offering unparalleled quality, range, and convenience in one location. If searching for a wider selection, Hartley Hall Markets are held on the first Sunday of every month and feature up to 300 stalls offering a variety of goods including local produce, baked goods, plants, furniture, clothing and more. In the centre of the city is the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre featuring exhibitions from both local and international makers where shoppers can support smaller, independent retailers.

What to do in Canberra

With a dedicated festival that is free to attend, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, visitors can escape the hustle and bustle of city life and float above the capital instead. Visitors can also benefit from Canberra’s array of exceptional wineries producing some of the nations most outstanding high country, cool-climate wines. Just a short drive from the Central Business District is Mt Majura Vineyard or Surveyors Hill Vineyard, both featuring unique and interactive tours.

Facts about Canberra 

Canberra is known as Australia’s capital city and is frequently referred to as The Bush capital for its sweeping nature reserves and surrounding mountain ranges. For over 21,000 years, the Ngunnawal people, the original custodians of the land, considered the Canberra region their home and the name Canberra is therefore derived from their language. Blessed with open skies and a vast scenic landscape, Canberra is one of the only places in Australia where you can go on a Hot Air Balloon ride. Contrastingly, it is also a known fact that beneath Canberra’s streets, you’ll find vast multi-level underground tunnels connecting many government buildings. It is assumed that there are many passageways and underpasses that are kept a secret from civilians.

Why choose a serviced apartment in Canberra with SilverDoor?

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we at SilverDoor understand that that every business traveller has different needs, which is why our expert booking agents go above and beyond to source the best apartment for each client. Our worldwide offices make certain that we are available 24 hours a day to take enquiries, as well as provide recommendations for our clients and answer any questions that remain. With a presence in 110 countries, we are confident that you will be in the best hands when staying in one of our serviced apartments in Canberra. Our strong bonds with property partners allow our clients increased flexibility in areas such as cancellation policies and negotiated staying rates.

What is a serviced apartment?

Our serviced apartments in Shanghai are designed as a place for comfort and relaxation, fully furnished and located just a stone’s throw from the action. Modern and spacious, our serviced apartments offer a unique flexibility that is rarely an option in a standard hotel. Our portfolio includes an extensive amount of variety, with each property boasting different locations and amenities to make visitors feel more at home. These amenities can range anywhere from a personal balcony to gyms and meeting rooms, with a wide selection of serviced apartments all able to offer different features to elevate your stay.