Canberra, ACT


  • City Info
    City of Canberra, ACT

    Capital of Australia and capital of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), the  eighth largest city in Australia. It was established in  1913 and named by Lady Denman.

    Location

    The city is located at the northern end of the ACT, 280 km from South-West of Sydney and 660km from north-East of Melbourne.

    Canberra, ACT CBD

    The CBD has plenty of cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia.

    Seasons

    Winter
    Jun to Aug
    1°C - 12°C

    Spring
    Sep to Nov
    6°C - 19°C

    Summer
    Dec to Feb
    11°C - 24°C

    Autumn
    Mar to May
    11°C - 19°C

    Time

    Eastern Daylight Time: GMT +11hours. Daylight Saving Time ends April 1st, starts October 7th

    No Smoking

    Smoking is not permitted in ACT within 5 metres of non-residential entrances, and between 5 to 10 metres at beaches, sporting stadiums, near children's playgrounds, at restaurants, bars or clubs either indoor or outdoors on-the-spot fines apply for breaches.

    Post Office

    City GPO Mon to Fri – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    * Some open on saturday 9:00 am to 12 noom

    Population

    390,000

    Money

    Notes or Bills
    $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

    Coins
    5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, $2 (odd cents rounded to the nearest 5¢)

    Education providers

    CRICOS registered institutions for international students: 4 Public Universities, 4 University English Centres, 1 Vocational Colleges, 1 English Language Centres, 1 Private Schools

    Electricity

    240/250 volts/50Hz

    Weather

    Continental climate

    Shopping

    Mon-Wed: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Thu (suburbs) & Friday (CBD): 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Banks

    Mon-Thu: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Some banks branches open Saturday morning 9:30 am – 12 noon

  • Explore

    EXPLORE CANBERRA

    Canberra is Australia’s capital, inland from the country’s southeast coast. Surrounded by forest, farmland and nature reserves, it earns its nickname, the “Bush Capital.” The city’s focal point is Lake Burley Griffin, filled with sailboats and kayaks. On the lakeshore is the massive, strikingly modern Parliament House, as well as museums including the National Gallery, known for its indigenous art collections.

    The lake’s northern shore is home to Commonwealth Park (host to the annual celebration of spring, the Floriade), the Australian War Memorial and the eclectic National Museum of Australia. Nearby, both Black Mountain and Mt. Ainslie have nature trails and sweeping views that reveal the city’s geometrical layout. Sunday’s Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston showcase work by local designers and craftspeople. At the town’s edge are NASA’s Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and Namadgi National Park, a mountainous region that’s part of the Australian Alps.

    Main attractions include:

    Parliament House
    Australian War Memorial
    Lake Burley Griffin
    Questacon
    National Galley of Australia
    National Museum of Australia

    Weekly markets selling quality fashion, art, handcrafts, fresh produce, etc.

    (Courtesy of Wikipedia & Google)

    EXPERIENCE THE LIFESTYLE IN CANBERRA

    www.visitcanberra.com.au/
    www.kidsafensw.org/
    www.volunteeringaustralia.org

  • Transport

    Canberra Airport

    https://www.canberraairport.com.au
    https://www.canberraairport.com.au/travellers/parking-transport/action-buses/
    C 8 Kms approx. to CBD
    15 minutes (allow more time for peak traffic hours)

    Getting around

    It is important to learn about all the public transport modes around Canberra.The cheapest and more convenient way to go around is get a MyWay card which you can use on buses see http://www.transport.act.gov.au/myway-and-fares/mywayguide. You can also purchase a ticket when boarding the bus. The closer your destination, the cheaper the fare is.

    Useful tips

    • Students doing VET (Vocational programs) and Higher Education (University courses) can obtain discount in public transport. See www.transport.act.gov.au/myway-and-fares/myway-faq If you are entitled to Student discount, carry your student ID card with you at all times.
    • If you are travelling late at night on weekends, find out if there is a night route that goes near your destination as some routes are not scheduled on weekends.
    • Disabled and elderly people as well as pregnant women have priority seating.
    • Do not eat, drink or smoke in public transport or in taxis.
    • Always make sure that you have your Discount Card topped up.
    WALKING

    is a healthy alternative for transport. When crossing a street, wait for the green pedestrian icon. Do not walk or run over a red pedestrian light.

    BUSES

    sure you hail the bus so the driver stops to pick you up! Always touch on at the beginning of the trip and then off at the end of trip before you leave the bus. The fare you pay for the trip depends on how far you travel (zones) and also the time of the day. Always keep a bus time table in your wallet. Or go to www.transport.act.gov.au/routes-and-timetables/timetables. Remember that times for the above services change on weekends and designated holidays.

    RIDE A BIKE

    To cycle you must wear a helmet at all times and follow the road rules.

    TRAINS

    Each train line has a distinctive colour in the map and on the screens at the station to help you find your way easily.

    RIDING A MOTORCYCLE

    Always wear a helmet. It is now required by law to have a special motorcycle license for models of a certain size. Check with Access Canberra at www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/home#/transport.

    DRIVING

    We drive on the left side of the road. To drive in Australia, you need an English translation of your driver’s license. For driving rules in the Australian Capital Terrirory, check this link https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au. If you are going to drink alcohol, do not drive.

    TAXIS

    A safe mode of transportation in particular if you have been drinking after a party. You can pay the taxi fare with your credit card if you do not carry cash. Always ask for a receipt.

    Public transport

    Service name: Action: Bus
    Timetable: http://www.action.act.gov.au/routes_timetables.html
    Fares: http://www.transport.act.gov.au/myway/index.html
    Location: 200 Scollay Street, Tuggeranong ACT 2900
    Opening hours: Mon - Fri 7 am - 8 pm, Sat 8am - 8 pm, Sun 9 am- 5 pm
    Service phone: 61 2 13 17 10
    Website: http://www.action.act.gov.au/default.html


    Private transport

    Service name: Airport Express
    Timetable: http://www.canberraairport.com.au/air_toAndFrom/bus.cfm
    Fares: http://www.royalecoach.com.au/canberra_airport_shuttle.asp
    Service phone: 61 2 1300 368 897
    Website: http://www.canberraairport.com.au/air_toAndFrom/bus.cfm


    Interstate transport

    Service name: Country Link: Train
    Timetable: http://www.countrylink.info/timetables
    Fares: http://www.countrylink.info/book_your_trip
    Opening hours: Callcentre: 6.30 am - 10.00 pm
    Service phone: 61 2 13 22 32
    Website: http://www.countrylink.info


  • Hospitals

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    International Students must go to Public Hospitals as their Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) does not cover expenses in private hospitals.

    Seeking Medical Assistance

    • Carry your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) card with you at all times.
    • When visting the doctor, you will need to pay for their services (some doctors may bulk bill at no cost to you).
    • Keep all receipts so you can obtain reimbursement later.
    • All medical emergencies are covered by your Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC).
    • If you are unable to attend classes due to being sick, you should obtain a medical certificate from your doctor.
    The Canberra Hospital

    (02) 6244 2222
    Yamba Drive,Garran, ACT 0810

    Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

    (02) 6201 6111
    Haydon Drive,Bruce, ACT 2617

  • Government Offices
    State Library

    National Library of Australia

    Opening hours
    Mon – Thu: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday: 13:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    City Library

    Website
    https://www.library.act.gov.au/

    Australian Taxation Office

    Address
    Penryn House
    6 Bowes Street
    Woden

    Opening hours
    Mon-Fri 08:30 am to 4:300 pm

    Website
    https://www.ato.gov.au

    Residential Tenancy Authority

    Website
    https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au

    Dept. of Immigration & Citizenship

    Address
    3 Lonsdale St,
    Braddon ACT 2612

    Opening hours
    Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Fair Work Ombudsman

    Address
    Lvl 11, 224 Bunda Street
    cnr Akuna Street, Canberra

  • Directory Assistance

    How to make an International call:
    0011 + Country Code + City Code + Number
    If you don't know your country code, call 1225

    National Phone Codes

    (02) Sydney (NSW) & Canberra (ACT)

    (07) Brisbane & Gold Coast (QLD)

    (08) Perth (WA), Adelaide (SA) & Darwin (NT)

    (04) Mobile (Australia wide)

    (03) Melbourne (VIC) & Hobart (TAS)

    (13 or 1300) Local calls

  • Student Services Directory

    There are no Education providers yet in canberra

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