Home to federal parliament and the planned city of Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is one of the nation's most unique travel destinations.
Stylish accommodation in the heart of the capital
Situated at the midway point between Sydney and Melbourne, the ACT plays host to the Australian Parliament and numerous public institutions. Not surprisingly, this busy administrative centre is also well stocked with business hotels and upscale accommodation as a result.
Some of the most stylish ACT accommodation is located in the heart of the so-called Parliamentary Triangle, just a stone's throw from Parliament House and the inner political workings of the Australian capital. A number of 5-star hotels are dotted in and around the fringes of Canberra's city centre, including the ever-popular Hyatt Hotel Canberra.
Bunk down in a charming bed and breakfast
The National Gallery of Australia and the Australian National Botanic Gardens are just some of the ACT's artistic attractions, while the Floriade flower festival welcomes thousands of visitors each year, and these charming cultural pursuits belie Canberra's status as a purely bureaucratic city.
In a territory which enjoys four distinct seasons, one of the best ways to enjoy the ACT's unique climate is in a comfortable bed and breakfast hotel. There are several dotted throughout the territory, with the picturesque inner-city suburbs of Yarralumla and Deakin hosting many on their picturesque tree-lined streets.
Step outside Canberra's shadow
While Canberra's orderly cityscape naturally forms the focus of the ACT, there are nevertheless several places to stay outside the city centre. One such region is Belconnen, where laidback bed and breakfast accommodation is the norm in this leafy north-western district.
While the New South Wales town of Queanbeyan lies just outside the ACT's borders, it nevertheless plays an important role in the territory's affairs. This historic regional town is just a 20-minute drive from Canberra's city centre and plays host to numerous well-serviced motels, many of which line direct routes into Canberra.