Plan your visit to Canberra

Visit Canberra Come and enjoy what the nation's capital has to offer

Whether it’s your first visit to Canberra or you’re a seasoned traveller to the nation’s capital, we have compiled some useful information to help you plan your festival adventure.

Discover our national cultural institutions, Canberra’s many galleries, enjoy great food, or even take a short trip to the country to taste some of our great local produce. Our Festival is quintessentially Canberran, so start planning your visit today.

To find out more about Canberra and the surrounding regions, please visit Visit Canberra or you can visit the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre (Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes ACT 2600) to book accommodation or day tours, charge your phone, access free WiFi or find more information.

Travelling to Canberra

Canberra is a short 3 hour drive from Sydney and an 8 hour drive from Melbourne.

Qantas and Virgin operate daily domestic flights to Canberra from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

Both Qantas and Virgin fly to Canberra International Airport, which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Car rental services, such as AVIS, Budget, Europcar and Hertz, are available at the airport. Taxis regularly service the airport and a fare will cost approximately $30 (fare is an estimate only). The Airport Express Shuttle Service will take you directly into the city centre and can be booked by visiting their website.

You can also travel to Canberra by train, bus, Murrays Coach or Greyhound Coach.

For more details, please visit Visit Canberra.

Canberra is an easy city to drive around with plenty of parking available. Transport Canberra buses service the city and you can plan your route by visiting Transport Canberra’s website or using the transport feature on Google Maps.

The following taxi companies operate in Canberra:
Canberra Cab: 132 277
Elite Taxi Service: 6239 3666
Silver Service: 133 100

Accommodation Five star accommodation in the heart of Canberra

Canberra International Music Festival’s preferred accommodation partner is DOMA Hotels which offer a 25% off the best flexible rate for all Festival bookings.

Patrons can book online at any of the four Barton hotels (Realm, Burbury, Brassey and Little National Hotel Canberra) by entering the code ‘CIMF’.  Guests can also book by phone on 02 6163 1888 or by email at Please quote code ‘CIMF’.

Eating and Drinking Food and wine in the nation's capital

Our Festival home venue, the Fitters’ Workshop, is located in the heart of the Kingston Cultural Precinct. Pop across to Brodburger, located next door to the Fitters’ Workshop for a delicious burger between concerts or take a short walk down to the Kingston Foreshore for a wide range of food and beverage options.

The Canberra District is a premiere cool climate wine growing region, with 140 vineyards and more than 33 wineries within 35 minutes of the city. For more information on Canberra’s wine region including maps, winery locations and cellar door information please visit Canberra Wines.