Nestled conveniently between Melbourne and Sydney, Canberra has a way of keeping everyone happy. The city was created to facilitate the Australian Parliament but it is also home to the ‘Australian Story’, housing our national museums and galleries. It is a city that celebrates our national identity. Upon visiting, you will undoubtedly sense the Canberran respect for our indigenous culture, the environment and our nation’s history.
Travelling around Canberra seems effortless when compared to the busy roads of Melbourne and Sydney. The roads are smooth and rarely congested. Nothing is more than 20 minutes away.
Many Canberrans embrace an active lifestyle and there are also many bike and walking paths used for both commuting and leisure activities. Urban living and nature rest easily together giving residents and delegates a unique experience that blends both.
As a conference destination you will find everything you need and more. Canberra blends the prestige of its national institutions with an easy lifestyle. The four seasons ensure the production of quality produce all year round and the standards of food and wine are nothing short of excellent.
You will be delighted by the funkiness of some of Canberra’s newest venues. Visit the environmentally responsible and super swanky Hotel Hotel. Take your laptop and finish off your work in the lounge bar over a coffee or even a cocktail. Choose something from the imaginative menu and enjoy a quality meal all made from the finest of local produce. You will not be disappointed.
If you’re looking at taking a group to dine out, you cannot go past the bustling award winning Akiba. You will find yourself dreaming about the Asian fusion delights you enjoyed there and will definitely be looking forward to going back. The pork bun rolls are to die for.
Alternatively, you could stay at the Realm Precinct where all of your conferencing needs can be met. Here you will find a number of hotels, facilities and restaurants all within close proximity and within reach. You can hop from the Uber Cool Award Winning Little National Hotel with its tiny but stylish accommodation rooms and spacious, vibrant common spaces, to the sophisticated Hotel Realm with its slick dining and conference spaces. Visit The Burberry to work out in its state of the art gymnasium or take a spin class to start your day right. Choose from a number of quality restaurants in the area. The Realm Precinct offers a wide choice of accommodation, dining and conferencing facilities to suit your needs and budget.
Both the old and new Parliament Houses offer an opportunity to experience hosting an event unique to this city. Functional and interesting, within these event spaces, you can sense the presence of politicians past and present lurking. Enjoy a famous Menzies’ Martini in the bar of Old Parliament House, and soak the history in.
The National Arboretum which is described as a living museum is a must visit! It is home to 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around the world. You will be energised by the breathtaking views and make sure to take a walk through the Bonsai Garden, if only to enjoy the peacefulness it will bring you. The event spaces here offer a wide variety of options for any sized event.
These are only a few samples of what Canberra has to offer. This culturally connected city is definitely worth considering for a special conference or event.