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ActonCanberra

Acton showing a city and modern architecture

This northern Canberra suburb offers natural beauty alongside engaging planned cityscapes and urban design, inviting you to learn, browse, eat and buy. 

Visit Acton to stroll along the lake, learn about Australia’s scientific achievements and explore innovative architecture. Bordered by Black Mountain and City West, this diverse suburb offers enjoyable and relaxing experiences.

Step into the science labs at the CSIRO Discovery Centre, open on weekdays. See what’s under the microscope or bubbling away in beakers and learn about important moments in Australian research. At the National Film and Sound Archive, watch and listen to treasures from Australia’s audio-visual history, including music, TV and radio recordings. Learn about a very early feature film The Story of the Kelly Gang.

In the east, the National Museum of Australia looks over the water. This colourful modern complex reviews Australian society, Aboriginal history and the nation’s relationship with the natural environment. On Acton’s western side, the Black Mountain Peninsula juts into Lake Burley Griffin. Picnic or play in vast open parkland, dive into the water or launch a boat off the ramp for a pleasant day on the lake.

Visit Australian National University’s main campus to glimpse Australia’s academic life. Experience live performances at theatre restaurant Teatro Vivaldi or attend a public concert at the ANU School of Music.

After seeing historical wonders and places of learning, venture to modern Canberra at NewActon, a contemporary city precinct near the banks of the lake. See striking modern architecture all around, particularly the fascinating Nishi building. Browse gardens, boulevards, cinemas, art galleries and boutiques. Enjoy art and design exhibitions and live performances, dine in trendy wine bars and restaurants, stay in some of the city’s best modern hotels and relax in the day spa. Discover the work of local street artists adorning the walls and lobbies here.

Hire a bike to get the most out of a visit to Acton and ride around the lake’s edge at West Basin. From here, it’s easy to get to the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Telstra Tower and the National Convention Centre.


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ANU - University House Hotel
ANU - University House Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT
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Located in Acton, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Burley Griffin and Australian National University. National Museum of Australia and Commonwealth ...
4.3/5Excellent! (984 reviews)
"Ii is in a beautiful settling, calm and peaceful. My room was more like an apartment, with lounge/study, bedroom and bathroom (no kitchen). The mid-century furniture is well preserved,"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

ANU - University House Hotel
Pacific Suites Canberra
Pacific Suites Canberra
4.5 out of 5
100 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT
The price is $125 per night from May 16 to May 17
Located in Canberra City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canberra Museum and Gallery and Canberra Centre. Australian National University ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,501 reviews)
"Good place easy to find and good service as we arrived at 2350 . Well done"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

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Pavilion on Northbourne
Pavilion on Northbourne
4.5 out of 5
242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson, ACT
The price is $79 per night from May 9 to May 10
Located in Dickson, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Centre, and Australian National University. National Convention ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,930 reviews)
"Inspite of very busy time with Pavilion almost full we never felt crowded or rushed and service at bar restaurant was excellent."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Pavilion on Northbourne
Madison Capital Executive Apartments
Madison Capital Executive Apartments
3.5 out of 5
108 Northbourne Ave, Braddon, ACT
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The price is $81 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Canberra City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canberra Centre, Canberra Theatre Centre, and Australian National University.
3.5/5Good! (1,122 reviews)
"no hot water in the mornings room lighting is too dark and need an overall upgrade can be tricky finding parking & spaces too narrow for big cars location is good"

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Madison Capital Executive Apartments
Deco Hotel
Deco Hotel
4 out of 5
214 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, Braddon, ACT
The price is $98 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in Braddon, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Centre, and Australian National University. National Convention ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (775 reviews)
"Absolutely fantastic apartment, mord5mins drive to city centre and restaurants & supermarket in Dickson. Will definitely come back again for sure!!!"

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Deco Hotel
Avenue Hotel Canberra
Avenue Hotel Canberra
5 out of 5
80 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT
The price is $121 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Canberra City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Canberra Museum and Gallery, Australian War Memorial, and Australian National Botanic ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (957 reviews)
"Clean hotel conveniently located"

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

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