About Canberra

This page contains information about:

  • Canberra
  • Getting around the city
  • Things to do and see

About Canberracanberra run

Canberra’s population: 447,692

Daily max temperature in February is 27°C. It can be very hot so keep hydrating and make sure you bring and wear your sunscreen!

Did you know?

Canberra is home to two Indigenous groups: the Ngunnawal people and the Ngambri people. The word Canberra has two meanings. According to the Indigenous Ngunnawal people the word ‘Canberra’ was derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra which means ‘meeting place’, referring to Canberra being nestled between two mountains, Black Mountain and Mt Ainslie. The Indigenous Ngambri people describe the area between Black Mountain and Mt Ainslie as translating to the cleavage, or the cleft between the breasts, as Canberra is women’s business and is women’s country. You can read more about this here:


Getting Around The City

We have provided a page with transport options here. The links below may also be helpful.





Things to do and see

helena NMAThere are lots of things to see and do in Canberra and there’s way too much to mention here so we are going to recommend the following websites that can do a better job of showcasing Canberra then we can! What we can say is that whether you are interested in activities that are relaxing or active, whether it’s about getting out into nature or a day of shopping, or perhaps you want to enjoy the arts, history, science, or politics…you’ll find Canberra has something to offer.

Visit Canberra Visitors’ Guide 

Trip Advisor Canberra

Planetware Guide

Where to Eat and Drink in 

The city of Canberra and surrounds has undergone a rejuvenation over the years and we Canberrans believe we are spoiled for choice when it comes to where to go to eat, to drink, and to socialise. The following list only represents a snippet of what is available and we have opted to highlight spots that are near the conference hotels, social functions, and the conference venue.

Coffee (and breakfast) Spots

For coffee lovers there is a coffee shop located in the CBE building called Biginelli’s Mini Patissaria. There are other cafe’s located nearby:

‘As you like it’ located in the Canberra Street Theatre (Google maps code P4CF+HH)

‘Coffee Grounds’ located on the ANU Campus (Google maps code P4FC+GC). Identified as “Must Visit” coffee spots by ‘The coffee snob’s guide to Canberra’, and they also serve breakfast.

The Cupping Room | 1/1-13 University Ave, Canberra City | thecuppingroom.com.au

Coffee Lab | 26 Narellan Place, Canberra City | Facebook @coffeelabcanberra

Močan and Green Grout | 1/19 Marcus Clarke St, NewActon | mocanandgreengrout.com

Lonsdale Street Roasters | No.7 and No.23 Lonsdale St, Braddon | https://lonsdalestreetroasters.com/

Sweet Bones Bakery Café | Shop 8, 18 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | https://sweetbonescompany.com/

(a favourite VEGAN option)

Barrio Collective Coffee | 59/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | barriocollective.com

Gastronomic Delights Bars and Pubs
Lazy Su  1/9 Lonsdale St, Braddon https://lazy-su.com.au/ Bentspoke Brewing Co   48/38 Mort St, Braddonhttps://www.bentspokebrewing.com.au/splash/
Akiba   40 Bunda St, Canberra https://www.akiba.com.au/ Hopscotch   5 Lonsdale St, Braddon https://www.hopscotchbar.com.au/
Kokomo’s   1 Genge St, Canberra https://kokomos.com.au

Chez Frederic   4/14 Lonsdale St, Braddon https://www.chezfrederic.com.au/

Grease Monkey   19 Lonsdale St, Braddon http://greasys.com.au/

eightysix restaurant   Lonsdale St & Eloura Street, Braddon https://eightysix.com.au/ (popular for its Modern share plates)

Zaab Street Food   2/9 Lonsdale St, Braddon http://zaabstreetfood.com.au/

Spit Shack   Shop 1, 14 Lonsdale Street, Braddon http://www.spitshack.com.au/#home (nothing fancy…and you won’t be disappointed)

Kinn Thai   125 Bunda Street, Canberra http://kinnrestaurant.com.au/canberra/

Bacaro Wine Bar   7 Lonsdale St, Braddon https://italianandsons.com.au/bacaro

The Civic Pub   8 Lonsdale St, Braddon https://civicpub.com.au/

The Highball Express   Level 1, 82 Alinga Street, Canberra http://www.highballexpress.com.au/

White Rabbit  65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra http://www.whiterabbitroom.com.au/

88mph   8/10 Hobart Pl, Canberra https://88mph.bar/ (yes…you can do Karaoke here)

The Duxton   CNR Sargood & Macpherson St, O’Connor http://www.theduxton.com.au/ (a popular bar & restaurant in the suburbs…well worth the short cab drive from the city)