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Canberra Travel Tips - Helpful hints and advice on local destination information

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Canberra is a vibrant, multicultural capital city, and a large number of people visit from all over the world. English is the main language and is spoken throughout the city, making communication simple. Although most of the main attractions and sights can be visited on foot, the city is also blessed with an excellent public bus system.

Customs and etiquette

Generally, the people of Canberra are very welcoming toward foreigners and this laidback society has few strict rules regarding social conduct. Australians tend to be friendly and visitors should have no trouble fitting in.

Tipping is not common practice in Canberra as the wages in the hospitality industry are high. While Australians are not used to tipping in restaurants, they sometimes leave the small change from their meal on the table.

 

Money

The Australian dollar (AUD$) is used in Canberra. Visitors should bypass the moneychangers at the airport and the banks as they usually charge high fees for their services. However, there are several moneychangers located in tourist areas of Canberra who do not charge a fee. 

There is no need to carry a large amount of currency as there are plenty of ATMs located throughout the city and major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. Those who have travelers checks should be able to change them easily enough in most banks. 

Weather

Canberra is blessed with a marine west coastal climate and although there are four distinct seasons, it is generally sunny year round. However, many visitors find the summer months, which are December, January and February, a little too hot as temperatures can rise to a scorching 28˚C. 

Many visitors like to travel to Canberra in the fall, which lasts from September to November. The weather is a little cooler in this season and this is a great time to visit Canberra's parks. 

Transportation

Canberra is comprehensively laid out so that most of the main sights and attractions can be visited on foot. However, there is also an excellent bus system, which is run by ACTION buses and covers most of the city. While individual bus fares are cheap, visitors can also save money by purchasing special travel cards. 

Exploring the city by bicycle is also an excellent option as Canberra features a comprehensive network of off-road cycle paths, allowing visitors to use pedal power to see the sights at their own pace. 

Visitors who arrive at Canberra Airport (CBR) will find a regular shuttle bus available to take them into the city center. Taxis can also be found at the airport as well as companies offering car hire. 

Fast facts

Population: 350,000
Spoken languages: English 
Electrical: 230 Volts, 50 Hertz
Phone/calling code: +61 2