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Drive the Beautiful Canberra Region  by Jenny Brewer

Canberra Hotels  -  Canberra Self-Catering Accommodation

The ideal getaway destination, Canberra offers a wide diversity of attractions and scenery. Australia's capital is often thought of as structured and predictable, but further out from the city you will be pleasantly surprised by the mountainous scenery and winding country roads leading you to some of Australia's premium wineries, ski fields, beaches and historic villages. All you need to do is jump into a hire car and drive you and your family there.
There is a completely different experience based on which direction you take. All seasons are experienced in this region, with hot and dry summers, cold winters, wet springs and dry autumns. However, any time is a good time to enjoy the best the entire region has to offer. Come prepared with warm clothing and or sunscreen depending on which time of year you choose to travel. There are many camping grounds throughout the surrounding district. Closer to the city, the Capital Country Holiday Village is a fantastic base to venture further, and can be found just off the Federal Highway at Queanbeyan. 

Once again, it is a good idea to research before you leave and plan a route marking possible caravan parks if you do want to explore a lot further from the city. Lake George can be reach by the Federal Highway north east from the city. Being the largest freshwater lake in Australia, there is a lot of natural beauty and places to set up camp and relax. 

Some of the region's most well known wineries are also found here such as Madew Wines, featuring a popular restaurant and panoramic views across the lake. Yass is a picturesque town lined with art galleries, coffee shops and surrounded by country that beckons to be driven through slowly, enjoying the peaceful, winding roads.

Young is further on, and then Goulburn and the southern highlands.

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 Bush walking, golf and fly fishing are some of the highlights this region has to offer. Head to Murrumbateman, a town as unique as its name. With plenty of restaurants and restaurants that fill up quickly, it is a central place to visit for locals and tourists alike. The winery and art gallery are worth visiting, and there are a number of great spots to pull over for a picnic and wander. Visit Hall and you will be in for a treat. Located west of the Barton Highway and not far from the capital city, the adjoining Brindabella Ranges seem to go on and on. There are bush walks and scenic drives that capture the heart of this incredible national park. Bungendore is also a great village to check out, with a wood works gallery and plenty of interesting shops, and then you can hop into your car and head towards the south coast to visit the coastal towns, and watch the dolphins and whales along the coastline. Mogo is definitely worth a look, with its amazing zoo and goldfields park. It is a central location to visit the rest of this beautiful area, which is located about two hours east from Canberra. Two hours south and you will end up in the Snowy Mountains, which is where many travellers head after visiting the capital city. There is so much to offer here amongst the snow capped peaks, with horse riding, fishing, bush walking and caving some of the well known activities. The drive through this mountainous region is breathtaking, but be careful in the colder months as the roads get slippery.

A driving holiday brings you the freedom to plan your own itinerary to make the most of your time away. As the region surrounding Canberra is so large, it is best to plan the distances between towns well to make the most of your travelling time. You can choose a holiday that suits your budget and flexibility, whether it is a few days visiting the abundant wineries or heading for the mountains, there is something here for everyone.

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About the Author: - Jenny Brewer is a travel agent whose passion is writing. After spending her leisure time writing time writing childrens stories, she now enjoys writing about travel destinations. For more of her articles visit Car Hire Australia
Capital Executive Apartment Hotel, Canberra
Capital Executive Apartment Hotel is an ideal place for extended stays and holidays, when you are in Canberra along with your family.  Located just 2 blocks north of the CBD, the Capital Executive Apartment Hotel Canberra is just a short stroll from the city centre, Canberra's most tree-lined boulevard and Northbourne Avenue. This property offers comfortable accommodation units that are facilitated with all the modern amenities intended for your comfort. From the finest prime steak and seafood to famous pastas that just melt in your mouth, followed by simply stunning desserts, that's when you realise that no one creates a dining out memory like Haig Italian Restaurant.
Forrest Hotel and Apartments, Canberra
Forrest Inn and Apartments is one of Canberra's best value stays offering superb comfort and friendly service at one of the city's top locations.  Forrest Inn and Apartments is located in Canberra, overlooking Parliament House and its parkland setting. The Inn is only minutes away from the city's major attractions and business centre. Nearby local attractions include the National Gallery, National Library and Science and Technology Centre.  The property has comfortable accommodation units that are well furnished and equipped with contemporary amenities.  Forrest Inn and Apartments offer guests the choice to dine in at the Sherwood Restaurant. This fully licensed restaurant serves a la carte dining in a relaxed parkland setting.
Medina Classic, Canberra
Situated in fashionable Kingston, it is only a short stroll from many of Canberra's top restaurants, boutiques and nightspots.  Medina Classic Canberra is just minutes from Parliament House, the embassies, National Art Gallery and other major attractions. The CBD is approximately 4 kilometres away, with shops and restaurants of Manuka and Kingston are within walking distance.  Set in landscaped gardens, Comfortable 1, 2 and 3 bedroom serviced apartments are offered for your selection.  Guests can cook their own food in their apartment, or get their food delivered into their room.  Furthermore, leisure facilities include an indoor heated pool, gymnasium, sauna and an outdoor pool as well as spa. 
Mantra On Northbourne Canberra Apartments
Saville Park Suites Canberra offers apartment style accommodation combined with the facilities of a 4 star hotel.  Saville Park Suites Canberra is perfectly located in the Central Business District and is close to shopping centres, nightlife and many more of the capital's key tourist attractions.  Guests have a choice of comfortable and spacious accommodation units that are facilitated with a host of modern amenities. A 24-hour room service is also available in order to make your stay as easy as possible.  You can dine at the onsite Zipp Restaurant that serves international delicacies and later enjoy a drink at the cocktail bar.  Relax and unwind at the indoor heated pool or sauna at your leisure.
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All Seasons Olims Hotel Canberra
All Seasons Olims Hotel Canberra, classified by the National Trust and one of the city's most famous hotels, combines the grandeur of yesteryear with all the comfort and conveniences. The property is located just minutes away from the Canberra city centre and the local attractions such as The National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House. This boutique style hotel surrounds a picturesque garden courtyard and is within walking distance from the Mall.  All Seasons Olims Hotel Canberra features comfortable guestrooms that are well furnished and fully equipped with modern amenities.  When it comes to dining, guests have a choice of Alice Thai Restaurant with its contemporary and Thai a la carte menu or there is the relaxed atmosphere of the Ainslie Bistro.
Country Comfort Greenway
A welcome surprise to guests, this hotel lies in the beautiful Tuggeranong Valley, just a few minutes drive from the Canberra city and the airport.  The Country Comfort Greenway is ideally situated adjacent to the Town Centre Sports Club and within walking distance are extensive sporting, shopping and recreational facilities. The Tuggeranong Valley offers a wealth of local attractions including golf at the Murrumbidgee Country Club and picturesque BBQ and picnic areas at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.  The hotel features 100 rooms, where some of them feature generous rural views over the Brindabella Ranges.  Guest can dine at the Isabella's restaurant that serves a wide range of dishes. You can even relax at the cosy bar that is open from 5.00 pm.  Health conscious guests can work out at the well-equipped gymnasium or relax at the refreshing spa and swimming pool.
Crowne Plaza, Canberra
Offering excellent service and contemporary accommodation, this modern style property is an ideal place to reside for both business as well as leisure travellers.  Situated in Canberra, Crowne Plaza is in the heart of Nation's Capital. This property is just few minutes walk from the CBD, Canberra's main shopping fair, restaurants, bars and national attractions.  This hotel boasts 295 comfortable accommodation units that are facilitated with modern amenities. Attentive room service is also provided for your convenience.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant that serves an extensive a la carte menu as well as a sumptuous seafood buffet. The cosy bar is an ideal place to unwind as well as a perfect spot for drinks, light snacks or private cocktail party.
Diplomat Hotel, Canberra
This friendly boutique property is well-located, featuring impressive amenities, comfortable accommodation and personal service.  Perfectly positioned in the heart of the national capital, Diplomat Hotel Canberra is set in the Parliamentary Triangle, opposite the railway station and minutes away from the city.  Every room in the Diplomat is appointed at the highest standards, with stylish furnishings and modern amenities. Whatever size and style of room you need, your comfort is assured in the rooms.  Guests can enjoy a superb meal and fine drinks at the ever popular on site Diplomat Bar and Grill.
Marque Hotel Canberra
Conveniently located on Northbourne Avenue, you will be close to everything you need for an ideal break in Canberra. Enjoy the cosy, boutique feel of the Marque Hotel Canberra along with the every aspect of your stay.  Situated in the centre of the great city, Marque Hotel Canberra is just a few minutes walk to business, shopping and entertainment areas. This property is an ideal base from which to explore the national monuments and cultural icons that make up the character of Canberra.  Guests are offered a choice of 78 air-conditioned bedrooms that come with all the comforts.  The onsite Northbourne Restaurant serves delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the cocktail bar is a ideal place to relax with a fine drink.There is also a exercise room and swimming pool available onsite for health conscious guests.
Rydges Capital Hill Canberra
If you are looking for an ideal holiday destination in Canberra, then Rydges Capital Hill is the perfect place for you to reside.  Rydges Capital Hill Canberra is a boutique style hotel nestled in a luxurious surrounding, close to Parliament House. The hotel is centrally located and is just a short stroll from the vibrant buzz of the Kingston and Manuka shopping and dining districts. All of the Nation's major attractions are at your fingertips.  Rydges Capital Hill features 186 guest rooms, which are all well furnished.  With a garden atrium setting, the Fig Tree Cafe specialises in modern Australian cuisine with a European flair, which is suitable for all occasions. 
Rydges Eagle Hawk Hill Hotel, Canberra
Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort Canberra is the ideal stopover opportunity for holidaymakers or business delegates.  Set amongst 30 acres of natural Australian bush, the Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort is a truly unique resort property offers an inviting alternative to the Canberra CBD hotels.  The resort boasts 151 spacious, well appointed rooms that are equipped with standard amenities.  Wintergarden Restaurant is an open concept facility overlooking the lavender and water feature wintergarden and the menu is simplistic in presentation. Guests can sit back, relax and enjoy a fine drink at the Jolly Brewer Bar.
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