Luxury, Boutique and Romantic Accommodation in Australian Capital Territory

Politics and picture-perfect landscapes sit side-by-side.

Get to know Australian Capital Territory on your next getaways

When was the last time you visited Australia’s Capital Territory? It might have been for an obligatory school trip, or you might have passed through on your way to Sydney. Perhaps you might be a regular to the country’s capital; one of those in-the-know travellers that are up with the territory’s growing collection of boutique accommodation, world-class gourmet scene and booming events calendar.

Canberra is a must-see for everyone, whether you go for the politics, the galleries or Lake Burley Griffin. Across the city, a string of cool hotels and modern apartments are popping up, offering visitors comfortable and luxury accommodation after a day spent discovering the capital. What to see first? If Parliament is sitting, make sure you stop by Parliament House at about 2pm to see the bear pit of Question Time. To add an international flavour to your political cap, cruise along Embassy Drive (home to almost 80 embassies and high commissions) and test your knowledge by seeing how many countries you can name. 

There are plenty of other fascinating things to do, including gawking 400 portraits of prominent Australians at the National Portrait Gallery. Pay your respects at The Australian War Memorial, check out the shelves at the National Library of Australia, watch the country’s elite athletes be put through their paces at the Australian Institute of Sport, or mix science and fun at The National Science and Technology Centre (QUESTACON). 

ACT’s appeal isn’t limited to its galleries, museums and political clout however. More than half of the ACT is made up of protected nature reserve, so outdoorsy types can strap on their walking shoes and set out to discover waterfalls, lookouts, rivers and even snow-capped mountains. Pair your fresh-air pursuits with a stay located on the city fringe. Think a country homestead, inviting B&B or a heritage cottage. Closer to the heart of Canberra, you’ll find self-contained apartments, a cluster of trendy hotels and luxury getaways that will have you convinced of this city’s merits.