Visit Canberra

Canberra is an amazingly vibrant, cosmopolitan city that tells the true story of Australia.  The nation’s capital and largest inland city, Canberra’s 390,000 residents and countless annual visitors have so much to see and do including historic townships, amazing arts and crafts, vast unspoiled parks and nature reserves and some of the country’s best vineyards and locally-grown produce.

Canberra, ACT – Australia’s Coolest Town

Canberra, ACT – Australia’s Coolest Town

Canberra, located in the ACT – Australian Capital Territory – is home to Australia’s national attractions that tell the story of the nation’s history, culture and identity. It is a thriving, bustling city full of top-notch bars, restaurants, shops and cafés and all the mod-cons a compact, connected city needs to keep moving forward.

Unusually for the southern hemisphere, Canberra’s seasonal weather isn’t too dissimilar to that of the UK. There are four distinct seasons offering a kaleidoscope of vivid colours (including a blanket of white in winter – the only city where snow regularly falls) and within a day’s drive you’ll find, amongst other stunning locations, the South Coast and the Snowy Mountains.

The Capital Express – Singapore to Canberra with Singapore Airlines

The Capital Express – Singapore to Canberra with Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is introducing a service to Canberra and Wellington with the launch of a new ‘Capital Express’ route.

The new flights from Singapore will connect the capitals of Australia and New Zealand and subject to regulatory approvals flights will operate four times a week from September 2016 on a Singapore-Canberra-Wellington routing. Return flights will be on a Wellington-Canberra-Singapore routing.

Flights will be operated with 266-seat retrofitted Boeing 777-200s with 38 Business Class seats and 228 Economy Class seats and Singapore Airlines will be the first airline with flights between Canberra and Wellington and the first to operate regularly-scheduled international services to and from Canberra.

‘This new service linking Singapore, Canberra and Wellington reflects the close ties between the three countries’ said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

‘We are excited about the prospects for our new ‘Capital Express’ route, which we are confident will appeal to leisure, government and corporate travellers. We are especially pleased to be bringing more convenient travel options to customers with Canberra’s first regularly scheduled international flights and the first non-stop links between the capitals of Australia and New Zealand.’

Flights will be available for booking on a progressive basis through the Singapore Airlines website, call centres and travel agents in the coming weeks.

The new Canberra services will add to Singapore Airlines’ already extensive Australia network, which currently includes flights between Singapore and Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Subsidiary SilkAir also serves Cairns and Darwin, while a wide-ranging partnership with Virgin Australia extends Singapore Airlines’ Australia network to another 40 codeshare destinations.

Singapore Airlines’ new Wellington services will complement existing services between Singapore and both Auckland and Christchurch. Singapore Airlines also has an extensive partnership with Air New Zealand.

Flight Schedules*

SQ291 Singapore – Canberra | Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun | Dep. 23.00 | Arr. 08.35+1

SQ291 Canberra – Wellington | Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun | Dep. 09.50 | Arr. 15.05

SQ292 Wellington – Canberra | Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun | Dep. 20.15 | Arr. 22.05

SQ292 Canberra – Singapore | Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun | Dep. 23.20 | Arr. 05.50+1

*All times stated are local based on a launch date of 20 September 2016. Timings to change soon after due to Dayl

Canberra –The Fast Facts

Canberra –The Fast Facts

The etymology of the name is somewhat up for debate. The popular claim is that it is a derivative of the word ‘kambera’ meaning ‘meeting place’ in the indigenous Ngunnawal dialect. In fact, in 1823, the region’s first settler Joshua John Moore who named the area ‘Canberry’ said ‘there seems no doubt that the original was a native name, but its meaning is unknown’ so if he doesn’t know, it’s unlikely we’ll find out.

Here are the fast facts about Canberra:

Established – March 12th 1913

Population – Approx. 390,000 (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)

Demonym – Canberran

Distance to Sydney – 281km (174 mi)

Distance to Melbourne – 660 km (410 mi)

Distance to Adelaide – 1,195 km (742 mi)

Distance to Brisbane – 3,710 km (2,305 mi)

Dialling Code – +61 2

Singapore – Canberra Flight Time – Approx. 10h 30m

Av. Temperature – Spring 6°C (40°F) – 19°C (66°F)

Summer 12°C (54°F) – 27°C (81°F)

Autumn 7°C (45°F) – 20°C (68°F)

Winter 1°C (34°F) – 12°C (54°F)

What Is There To Do In Canberra?

What Is There To Do In Canberra?

The simple answer is lots! Like Singapore, Canberra is also considered a garden city with vast swathes of outback and nature reserves where you can see koala bears, kangaroos, emus, wallabies and possums in their natural habitat. There are lots of parks as well as walking and cycle trails and you can even stay in a Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo with the glass panel protecting the lion, cheetah and bear dens the only thing separating you from these magnificent beasts!

Australia’s parliament is in Canberra and the city is filled with some of the most significant national monuments in the whole country including the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia, The Royal Australian Mint, the National Film & Sound Archive, Parliament House, the National Museum and the National Zoo.

There is a year-long programme of national events that take place in Canberra every year where people from all over the world flock to such as Floriade which is Australia’s celebration of spring flowers, Enlighten, the outdoor arts and cultural festival and the city’s annual celebration of colour and lights, the National Folk Festival and the Canberra Balloon Festival.

In addition, Canberra is renowned throughout Australia as a foodie’s dream location with world-class wineries, artisan food producers and farmer’s markets as well as a long list of outstanding restaurants, bars, cafés and watering holes for you to enjoy!

Canberra is an award-winning 21st century vibrant and cosmopolitan city, beautifully juxtapositioned with modern architecture and infrastructure as well as being able to tell the story of Australia’s rich history. It’s clean and secure with some of Australia’s most hospitable people and if you’re coming to Australia with Singapore Airlines, make sure you come to Canberra – we promise you’ll have an amazing time!

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