Canberra is one of Australia's hottest spots for music, fashion, art and theater. It features a thriving nightlife scene and plenty of fun events for visitors of all ages. Best of all, Canberra remains one of Australia's best-kept secrets. You'd think the nation's capital city would attract a whole lot more tourists, but most uninformed foreigners spend all their time in Sydney. This means that you won't have to worry about wading through hordes of obnoxious tourists. It will also make your hotel search a whole lot easier.
1. Australia Day
You might not be a native of Australia, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate the founding of a great nation! Australia Day events take place throughout the entire country, but the most exciting celebrations occur in the capital city. Festivities include the Australian of the Year Awards and a fantastic Australia Day live concert. The joyous occasion ends with a stunning display of fireworks.
Cricket is one of the most popular sports in Australia, so it should come as no surprise to learn that Australians are getting very excited about the upcoming cricket match between Prime Minister's XI and Sri Lanka. Every year, the Prime Minister of Australia picks an Australian cricket team to play a team from outside of the country.
Other cities reserve a single day for honoring themselves, but Canberra is nothing like other cities. The events of the Canberra Festival progress over the course of seventeen days and include a symphony concert and a balloon launch. If you're interested in attending the Canberra Festival, you'll want to start your hotel search ahead of time. Visitors come from all over Australia, and hotels near the festival start filling up as early as January.
Professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world flock to Canberra for its renowned film festival. The contest is a tough one, with filmmakers getting just 10 days to write, shoot and produce a film on a given Canberra theme. On March 16th, film enthusiasts will gather in Gareme Place to view the top 12 finalists of this competitive event.
Experience the unique culture of Australia at the 46th annual National Folk Festival. Held in Canberra's Exhibition Park, the National Folk Festival keeps visitors and locals busy with over 200 shows and acts, including traditional storytelling, dance, theater, music and poetry.
The Canberra District Wineries make some of the finest wines on Earth. At the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival, you can sample a range of these wines for yourself. Visitors staying in cheap hotels can still enjoy the luxury of good wine at the Harvest Festival.
As one of Australia's longest running music festivals, Stonefest has been attracting illustrious musicians for years. Held at the University of Canberra, Stonefest is the place to see talented artists before and after they've made it big.
Appropriately nicknamed "the race that stops a nation," the Melbourne Cup is a thoroughbred race limited to horses over three years of age. You'd think that Australians might find something better to do than watch a bunch of over-the-hill horses meander around a racetrack, but since when do Australians take the expected route?
Country music is not limited to the United States. Plenty of Australians are happy to add their own unique take on the popular genre. The Canberra Country Music Festival features over fifty local and international artists, as well as several workshops, team challenges and talent competitions.
Ring in 2013 in the beautiful city of Canberra! Australia's capital city will be hosting a street party and live entertainment at Civic Square. If your tots can't stay awake until midnight, they'll still be able to see the fireworks above City Hall at 9 pm. And remember, New Year’s Eve falls in Australia’s summertime, so you can enjoy the holiday festivities without all the chills!
The events listed above are only a small sampling of the activities Canberra has to offer. With such a diverse array of things to do, you'll definitely want to start booking Australia hotels now so that you can experience the excitement and beauty of Australia's capital city for yourself.
This guest post article was written and provided by Erica Gustafson who is a freelance writer for Expedia, yearly traveler to Australia and part time online media consultant.