GPET acknowledges the traditional Ngunnawal people of this land on which we meet for our Convention in 2011
Photographs used in this website courtesy of Canberra Tourism
Delegates may travel to Canberra conveniently by air, road or rail. Once you're here you'll discover the ease of travelling around a planned city. Take a public bus, a taxi or a tour. You can be on the other side of Canberra in just forty minutes. If you choose to drive yourself around our traffic flows are great and even our roundabouts are easy to negotiate. Take a self-guided driving tour and learn more about the Australian Capital Territory.
Parking in Canberra is cheaper than other major capital cities. Average daily fees are less than $15 per day. Most national attractions have free parking. Many shopping malls offer free parking for the first two hours.
Travel by Air
Canberra has regular and direct air services from Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane and many other regional centres.
Canberra Airport is serviced by Qantas, Virgin Blue, Tiger Airways and Brindabella airlines from regional destinations. The airport has a brand new terminal which opened in November 2010. The airport is approximately a 15 minute drive from the city centre and while many areas around the terminal are still "under construction" guests are encouraged to access the airport website to help find their way around. http://www.canberraairport.com.au
The AirLiner bus service operates between Canberra City and Canberra Airport, Monday to Friday, every 30 minutes and on Saturday and Sunday approximately every hour. A one way ticket is only $9 and $15 return. You can catch the AirLiner bus from the central terminal right outside the main doors but travel is to the city terminal only, there is no delivery to local hotels.
A taxi is the best option of travel from the airport to the hotels and the Convention Centre. The cost is approximately $23.50 one way - airport to city centre. Two taxi services operate in Canberra:
Major car rental companies operate from Canberra Airport -
Avis (Airport) (02) 6248 9081
Budget (Airport) (02) 6226 6456
Hertz (Airport) (02) 6249 6211
Thrifty (Fyshwick) (02) 6280 6255
Major Airline contact numbers:
Travel by Coach or Train
Canberra has a direct rail service from Sydney and a combined rail and bus service from Melbourne.
From Sydney, the train departs Sydney Central Station and travels to Canberra via the Southern Highlands, Goulburn and Bungendore. The trip to Canberra Railway Station takes around four and a half hours.
There is no direct rail service from Melbourne. The service to Cootamundra, Bairnsdale or Wodonga will transfer you to Canberra by bus. Alternately catch the Sydney train from Melbourne and transfer to Canberra from Goulburn railway station.
Bus and coach services operate to and from Canberra to the Snowy Mountains, the South Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. Get great bus and train deals to Canberra by booking ahead.
Of course there is always the option of Coach travel direct from most cities to Canberra. Some Coach companies offering the service are: Greyhound and the local company, Murrays Buses.
Drive to Canberra From Sydney
Direct driving route: 3.5 hours
Leave Sydney via the M5 tollway, connecting to Hume Highway 31. Turn left after Goulburn on to the Federal Highway to Canberra. This route is a dual carriage freeway.
Scenic drive routes
Follow the coastal Princes Highway to Batemans Bay. Turn onto the Kings Highway and head to Canberra via the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore.
Take the Mittagong exit from the F5 Freeway and follow the Old Hume Highway through picturesque Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and Sutton Forest. Rejoin the F5 to continue to Goulburn and Canberra. This route includes single carriage highway.
Direct driving route: 8 hours
Follow the City Link tollway to the Western Ring Road then join the Hume Highway. Near Yass, take the Barton Highway turn off to Canberra. This route is a dual carriage freeway.
Scenic drive routes Follow the coast road through Genoa, Bairnsdale and Eden to Batemans Bay. Turn onto the Kings Highway and head to Canberra via the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore. This route includes single carriage highway.
Take an inland drive through Bendigo, Echuca and Albury-Wodonga. Travel direct to Canberra. Alternately take a scenic detour through the Snowy Mountains and visit Khancoban, Tumut, Jindabyne, Thredbo and Cooma. This route includes single carriage highway.
Direct driving route: 14 hours
Take the South Eastern Freeway towards the Mallee Highway and Sturt Highway. At Yass, take the Barton Highway turn off to Canberra. This route includes single carriage highway.
Scenic drive routes Explore the Murray River area via Mildura, Swan Hill and Echuca to Albury-Wodonga. Travel direct to Canberra or go via the Snowy Mountains.
Take a coastal route to Murray Bridge and Mt Gambier and travel the spectacular Great Ocean Road to Melbourne. Then choose the coastal or inland route to Canberra.
Direct driving route: 16 hours
Follow the Pacific Highway south to Sydney then take the Hume Highway to Goulburn. Turn on to the Federal Highway to Canberra. This route is a dual carriage freeway.
Scenic drive routes Travel along the scenic Pacific coast to Sydney. Continue to Canberra by the coastal route to Batemans Bay, or inland via the Southern Highlands and Goulburn. This route includes single carriage highway.
Travel the inland route via Tenterfield, Tamworth, and Muswellbrook. Turn off to Dubbo and head to Canberra through Bathurst, Cowra and Yass. This route includes single carriage highway.