Welcome to Canberra

Whether it’s your first visit to Canberra or if you’re a seasoned traveler to the nation’s capital, we have compiled some useful information to help you plan your Festival adventure. Discover our national cultural institutions, Canberra’s many galleries, enjoy great food, or even take a short trip to the country to taste some of our great local produce. Our Festival is quintessentially Canberran, so start planning your visit today.

To find out more about Canberra and the surrounding regions, please visit www.visitcanberra.com.au or you can visit the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre (Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes ACT 2600) to book accommodation or day tours, charge your phone, access free WIFI or find out more information.

Getting here

  • By car

Canberra is a short three-hour drive from Sydney and an 8-hour drive from Melbourne. For more information on driving to Canberra, please visit visitcanberra.com.au.

  • By air

Qantas and Virgin operate daily domestic flights to Canberra from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth or Brisbane.

Both Qantas and Virgin fly directly to the Canberra International Airport , which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Car rental services, such as AVIS, Budget, Europcar and Hertz, are available at the airport. Taxis regularly service the airport and a fare will cost approximately $30 (fare is an estimate only). The Airport Express shuttle service will take you directly into the city centre and can be booked by visiting their website.

  • Train or coach

You can also travel to Canberra by train, bus or coach. For more details, please visit visitcanberra.com.au.

Stay

Canberra has a broad range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. If you are visiting Canberra for the Festival, we encourage you to book as early as possible to secure the best rates. For more information on Canberra’s accommodation options, you can visit visitcanberra.com.au for more information.

Getting around

Canberra is an easy city to drive around with plenty of parking available. ACTION buses service the city and you can plan your route by visiting ACTION’s website or using the transport feature on Google Maps.

 The following taxi companies operate in Canberra:

  • Canberra Cab 132 277
  • Elite Taxi Service 6239 3666
  • Silver Service 133 100

Eat & Drink

Our Festival home venue, the Fitters’ Workshop, is located right in the heart of the Kingston Cultural Precinct. Pop across to Brodburger, located next door to the Fitters’ Workshop for a delicious burger between concerts or take a short walk down to the Kingston Foreshore for a wide range of food and beverage options. There are always new restaurants and cafes opening up in Kingston, so please visit the Australian good food and travel guide for more detailed information.

Canberra Glassworks, Megalo Print and the Bus Depot Markets

Next door to the Fitters’ Workshop you will find the Canberra Glassworks, Australia’s largest dedicated glass art studio facility, and Megalo Print Studio and Gallery. The Old Bus Depot Markets, located adjacent to the Fitters’ Workshop run every Sunday and are an award winning institution for both Canberrans and visitors alike. The markets are renowned for handcrafted jewelry, art, clothing, furniture and toys as well as plenty of food vendors with treats such as fresh bread, regional gourmet produce and sweet delicacies.

Wine

"If you've never tried wines from the Canberra District … you are truly missing out on some of the most exciting new wines coming out of Australia today." The Wine Advocate

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The Canberra region is renowned for its premium cool climate wines and we are delighted that Shaw Vineyard Estate will once again be joining us as our official wine sponsor. You can enjoy Shaw’s award-winning Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cielo Sparkling Cuvee in the Festival Marquee before each concert at the Fitters’ Workshop.

When visiting Canberra’s wine region make Shaw Vineyard Estate your first stop. It’s a family owned and operated business located in the village of Murrumbateman, the heart of Canberra’s Cool Climate Wine District. Take the opportunity to experience their exceptional wines at the cellar door, which is open 10.00am-5pm Wed-Sun and most public holidays. 

The Canberra District is a premiere cool climate wine growing region, with 140 vineyards and more than 33 wineries within 35 minutes of the city. Our regional wine makers have created the term “Liquid Geography” to describe the complex interaction of climate, soils, elevation and wine making skill. For more information on Canberra’s wine region including maps, winery locations and cellar door information please visit canberrawines.com.au.