Travelling to Canberra
Planning on road tripping to Foreshore with your mates? Here is all the info you need to get to Canberra and what to do once arrive!
Want to know how to get to Foreshore once you're in Canberra?
- Take a look at the transport to the venue page over here
Travel Times & Maps
- Sydney to Canberra – Approx. 3 hours
- Wollongong to Canberra – Approx. 3 hours
- Batemans Bay to Canberra – Approx. 2 hours
- Wagga to Canberra – Approx. 3 hours
- Bega to Canberra - Approx. 3 hours
- Orange to Canberra – Approx. 3.5 hours
- Cowra to Canberra – Approx. 2 hours
- Narooma to Canberra – Approx. 2.5 hours
Countrylink have regular services coming into Canberra from regional centers and capital cities.
Virgin Blue and QANTAS have regular services coming into Canberra from regional centers and capital cities. Experience the miracle of flight and a festival all in one day!
To and from the Airport
Buses to the city - You can get the Airliner bus from the airport into the city and it by far the cheapest way of getting from the airport to the CBD.
Taxi Airport - City - You can get a taxi from the airport for around $25 there is a taxi rank right outside the terminal or you can call 13 2227.
Foreshore’s preferred accommodation provider is Abode Hotels. Located in two convenient locations, Abode - The Apartment Hotel is a unique and cutting edge concept in quality accommodation and is the first of its kind in the Canberra region. Finished to the highest standard, Abode proves that brand new, stylish hotel accommodation need not be exclusive. Abode's flagship hotel at Gungahlin boasts 61 apartment-style, self-contained rooms while Abode's brand new hotel at Tuggeranong offers 82 serviced apartments in the south of Canberra. Rooms at both hotels feature ensuite, kitchenette, laundry facilities, a flat screen TV and sofa beds in each room. Abode's inspired design provides everything you need for a stay that is both leisurely and comfortable.
So whether you are after short term accommodation, executive accommodation or a holiday apartment for your family or group, Canberra's newest hotel, Abode, provides the only choice. Abode is the perfect serviced apartment for the business or pleasure traveller looking for style, comfort and convenience. Book your Foreshore accomodation at Abode Hotels here.
- Looking for even more accommodation options for Foreshore? Check out lastminute.com.au and their range of hotels in Canberra.
Canberra is easy to navigate if you’ve got a car or bike handy. If you’re staying in the city, you will be able to walk to most places you need to go. If not, here are a couple of options:
Action buses - Get onto the ACTION website to plan your trip around the city. There are regular buses that run out to the other bus interchanges that pass through most suburbs. Use Google Maps on your phone, or the Action Bus website to plan your trip.
If your catching the bus out to the Foreshore site, jump on the 900 or 932 and hop off at Albert Hall on Commonwealth Avenue.
Hire a bike! Riding a bike around Canberra is one of the easiest low cost ways to get around. There are designated bikes lanes and heaps of great bike paths throughout the city, not to mention free parking. Check out Real Fun who have a free delivery service to your home or hotel. Check out more info here
What’s going on in Canberra
Don’t believe the rumors - there is lots of stuff to do in and around Canberra. If you are into cafés, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shopping and having a good ol' time, you have come to the right place. It is a bit like Melbourne, all the good stuff is a little bit hidden and you have to know where to look. This information may help…
Here are a few websites that have useful info on what is going on in and around town:
Visit Canberra - http://www.visitcanberra.com.au/
Upcoming Events - http://www.bmamag.com/gigguide/
Or if you prefer working on recommendations here are a few of the festival staff’s favorite joints to hang out around town most of them are within walking distance of the CBD:
Cocktail / Lounge Bars
Knightsbridge Penthouse - 1/34 Mort St Braddon ACT
Knightsbridge Penthouse is a 3-minute walk from the city center and is known as one of the best cocktail bars in Canberra. Knightsbridge brings a wonderland of sounds, eclectic décor and drinks so well mixed you’ll never want to leave.
Tongue & Groove - Cnr Genge and Bunda St Canberra City
Tongue & Groove is a Sydney style pub, with an impressive cocktail menu and great food to boot. Take a seat and watch the city roll by.
Hippo Bar - 17 Garema Place Canberra City
Hippo Bar is an intimate cocktail lounge situated in the middle of the city in Garema Place. One of the smaller venues in town, it is tucked away upstairs in a world of it’s own. Walk up for one of their crafted cocktails and cozy atmosphere with sounds of either jazz or disco.
Honytonks - 5 Garema Place, Civic
Honkytonks is one of the newest pubs in Canberra and has quickly become the locals favourite haunt. You can grab a drink from the large selection of beers or wine or a jug of sangria and pick up one of their infamous $5 tacos. The art on the walls changes weekly and a DJ is always setting the mood with fresh tunes. Open till 2am Wed-Sunday, Honkytonks is one of Canberra’s favourite pubs.
Sub-Urban - Wooley St Dickson
In a large art-deco inspired corner building, Sub-Urban fashionably dominates the inner north suburb of Dickson, bringing a metropolitan flair to the suburb. Sub-Urban encompasses the best of an Aussie pub, the sophistication of a wine bar and functionality of iconic Italian restaurant Belluci’s inside.
King O’Malleys - 131 City Walk Canberra City
King O’Malleys has all the makings of a traditional Irish Pub and more. Sit down with a beer, catch some sports on one of the many screens or relax outside in the beer garden. King O’Malley’s is open late 7 days a week.
Academy Nightclub - Bunda St Canberra City
Academy Nightclub is Canberra’s biggest night out and home to the official Foreshore after party. This two level underground club has some of Canberra's top resident DJ's playing dance floor filling hits every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Lonsdale Street Roasters - 3/7 Lonsdale Street Braddon
Lonsdale Street Roasters do one of the best coffees in Canberra. You can also snap up a toasted Panini or vegan treat while your there. Open Monday through to Sunday. Check their website for seasonal hours.
Gus' Cafe - Shop 8, Garema Arcade, Canberra City
Gus’s Café is one of the few places in Canberra that does an all day breakfast, 7 days a week. Grab a coffee or a fresh juice and one of their massive Big Breakfasts. Gus’s is also fully licensed.
Milk & Honey - 29 Garema Place Canberra City
Milk & Honey offers everything from light snacks, cakes, coffee and fresh juices, to full restaurant meals and alcoholic bar. Milk and Honey is reasonably priced and situated in Garema Place, open 7 days a week.
Sammy’s Kitchen (Chinese and Malaysian) - North Quarter, Canberra Centre
Sammy’s Kitchen is a long time Canberra favourite, offering cheap and fast lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Sammy’s is BYO for wine and also have a stocked bar. Don’t expect to hang around after you eat, as soon as you finish your table will be cleared and bill presented for you to make room for the growing line of people waiting for a table at the door, which is all part of the experience. Bookings reccomended.
Debacle (pub with good food)- 30 Londsdale St Braddon
Debacle is located in Braddon, a 5 minute walk from the city. They have an extensive list of beers from around the world and do a mean wood fired pizza. Open early for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Zambreros (Mexican) - Londsdale St Braddon
Zambreos serve cheap, fast and fresh Mexican style food. You can find one in most Canberra suburbs for a quick eat. Try a lamb burrito with everything and white sauce.
Thirst (Thai Food) - 20 West Row City West
Thirst is a great option if your after some cheap and tasty Thai food. They serve Thai salads, curries and noodles. Thirst also has an extensive wine list.
Blu Ginger (Indian) - Genge St Canberra City
Blue Ginger is a great option if you’re after a bit of spice. They serve a variety of traditional Indian foods with a modern twist. Open lunch and dinner.
Chairman and Yipp -108 Bunda Street, Canberra City
Multi award winning Chairman and Yip is one of the top restaurants in Canberra, and one of the more expensive options. Chairman and Yip serve amazing Asian fusion cuisine, with one of the best wine lists in Canberra. Reservations are a must.
Parliament Clothing - Canberra Centre, Canberra City
Parliament Clothing stocks a variety of national and international brands. From All About Eve, Henleys, One Teaspoon and Stussy, to Tigerlilly, Lee, Mooks, Zoo York and more. Get a whole new outfit from top to bottom in any one of their 6 stores. If you're looking for an outfit for Foreshore, look no further then Parliament Clothing.
I Trip I Skip - 30 Londsdale St Braddon
I Trip I Skip is a boutique clothing store in Braddon. There you can find Canberra designers amongst brands like My Pet Square, Dr Denim, Nu Nan, Insight, Friends of Couture, Grazed Youth and more. They stock both men and women’s clothing.
Felt - Garema Arcade, Canberra City
Felt is a super cute little store, selling some great cheap finds. You can pick up a brand new outfit for less then $100, accessories included! There are men’s clothing available, but they mostly stock for the ladies.
Landspeed Records - Garema Place Canberra City
Landspeed Records is one of the best record stores in Canberra. Up the back of the store you’ll find the best ladies vintage collection of clothes, as well as limited new items.
Hair & Beauty
Fringe Hair - Mort St Braddon
Next Hair - Mort St Braddon
Bronze Tanning Studio - Franklin St, Manuka