Canberra is the Capital of Australia.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Weather
- 3 Things to Do
- 4 Accommodation
- 5 Getting Around
- 6 Media
- 7 Buying Ski and Outdoor Gear
- 8 Renting Ski and Snowboard Gear
- 9 Resources
Canberra ranges from 550 to 700 m above sea level. The central area of Canberra is nestled on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin which was formed by building Scrivener Dam across the Molonglo River.
There are several large hills within the city including:
- Mount Ainslie
- Black Mountain
- Mount Majura
- Mount Mugga Mugga
- Mount Taylor
- BOM ACT and Canberra forecast
- BOM ACT and NSW current observations
- BOM Snowy Mountains Region forecast
- BOM ACT Weather radar at Captains Flat - This radar covers the ACT and the eastern side of the Snowy Mountains region.
- ScanACT Live Weather feed
Things to Do
- Corin Forest
- National Museum of Australia
- National Zoo and Aquarium
- New Parliament House
- Old Parliament House
- War Memorial
Canberra International Airport is located in the suburb of Pialligo. (35°18'23.83"S, 149°11'25.00"E)
The airport does experience heavy fog at times, particularly in the mornings.
Hire cars are available at the airport.
Canberra has an excellent network of Bike Paths and a number of mountain bike tracks. A Canberra cycleways map is available from most bike shops and the ACT Government Shopfronts
The main bus station for interstate travel is the Jolimont Centre in Civic which is located at:
- 65-67 Northbourne Ave
- Canberra City.
This building also houses Novotel Canberra.
It's longitude and Latitude are 35°16'40.20"S, 149° 7'44.38"E. WikiMapia link for the Jolimont Centre
Bus companies servicing Canberra
- Lever Coachlines Snow Express - Day trips to the snowfields
- Murrays Travel - Interstate travel and day trips to the snow
The Canberra Railway Station is located at
- Wentworth Ave
- Kingston ACT 2604
Trains are operated by Countrylink.
You can contact the Countrylink Travel Centre on Phone: (02) 6208 9700; +612 6208 9707 (international)
There is currently only one taxi company in Canberra - Canberra cabs. They can be booked by phoning 132227 or at their website.
They have recently installed an Automated Speech Recognition System for taking bookings by phone. This has been reported in the newspapers as being a less than perfect solution with reportedly many people having their cabs turn up late or not at all. Hopefully the teething problems with this system will be ironed out soon. In the meantime it is prudent to make sure you book a time for a cab well before you need to be at your destination in case you need to ring and "encrouage" it along.
The major newspaper in Canberra is the Canberra Times. The Canberratimes publishes snow reports during winter.
The local Free to Air channels are
- Prime (Channel 7 affiliate)
- Win (Channel 9 affiliate)
- Southern Cross Ten (Channel 10 affiliate)
Some Channels display Snow reports during the snow season.