Cheap flights to Australian Capital Territory

People thinking of Australia usually remember its more popular cities such as Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. There's more than meets the eye to this country in the Pacific, however. On its south-eastern area lies the Australian Capital Territory, the seat of government. The city's current layout was designed by Walter Burley Griffin, a well-known American architect, who visualised the capital as a garden city. To achieve this, he used a wheel-and-spoke pattern for the major road system in Canberra. Today, this rather forms a picturesque view when seen from above, due to the circular look of the capital.

Although formed primarily by Canberra, there are more town centres and urban districts to be seen in the Australian Capital Territory. Some of them include Woden Valley, Belconnen, and Tuggeranong, which partially make up the original 18 districts when the Australian Capital Territory was first built. The urban planning in Canberra is excellent, as it's able to accommodate its growing population with its de-centralised design. This lessens the crowds, making Canberra a delightful place to walk and look around.

Tourists looking for quiet relaxation will feel comfortable in the Australian Capital Territory. Unlike its cosmopolitan neighbours such as Melbourne and Brisbane, there's a more tranquil vibe to Canberra and its surrounding districts. There are many sights waiting for tourists of all ages in this part of Australia. One of them is the Australian War Memorial which commemorates the bravery and legacy of soldiers who died in various wars. Tourists will find here a shrine and an extensive archive which sets out in detail the achievement of each enlisted soldier who died in service for the country.

There's also the National Library to explore with help from library guides who'll point out various academic and literary attractions. They can show guests around public reading rooms and then take them on a 'Behind the Scenes tour' to find out how the institution works to store and provide visitors with good books. From there, visitors can go to the National Dinosaur Museum for a look at prehistoric past or view absorbing exhibits in the National Film and Archive. A walk in the Cockington Green Gardens in the afternoon can cap a day of touring in Canberra.

How to get around within Australian Capital Territory

There are various ways to get around Canberra and its surrounding districts. First is by bus where tourists can catch a ride at one of the city centre interchanges. From there, it will be more convenient to go around from Canberra to other towns. For those looking to explore the different sights in the capital city, ACTion buses are available. They make regular stops between major thoroughfares in the city such as Alinga St and East Row.

Travellers who prefer driving as their primary mode of transportation can hire a car. Parking is comparably cheaper in the capital than in other major Australian cities. No fees are necessary when parking for two hours or below in the malls. There are also parking meters to be found in various lots, which make payment convenient.

There are also other ways for tourists to move around such as getting taxi services. Those with special needs can hire a wheelchair accessible taxi or ask for pickup at Canberra Elite. Cycling is also encouraged in the city, which hosts one of the country's best cycling path networks. Enthusiasts will also find off-road mountain biking trails for a cross-country adventure.

How to get there

Travellers going to the Australian Capital Territory will most likely land on Canberra International Airport. The airport, however, currently serves domestic flights with options to expand to international travel in the coming years. For now, overseas tourists will have to book connecting flights from major Australian ports of entry such as Sydney Airport, Melbourne Airport, or Brisbane Airport. 

Flights to Australian Capital Territory

Images by ThinkStock

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.