Canberra Info, Canberra Travel Guide

If you are searching some basic Canberra info, here is a quick travel guide: how to get from Sydney and Melbourne to the capital of Australia.


  • where is it?

  • how far is it form the major neighbouring cities?

  • how long is it to get there by car, coach, train or plane?

  • how far is it from the coast?

Here are some facts.

Canberra Travel Guide - Location

The city is part of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The federal territory is an area of 2360 sq km surrounded by New South Wales (NSW). Check Canberra history to see how it was formed and why it is surrounded by NSW.

The capital of Australia is located about 300 km south of Sydney, 650 km north of Melbourne and 150 km inland from the east coast.

There are a lot of things to see in Canberra, so a visit there should definitely be in your planning.

Canberra Info - How to Get There?

By Car

Canberra is a 3 - 4 hours drive from Sydney and 7 - 8 hours drive from Melbourne.

If you are starting in Sydney, take the M5, which continues with Hume Highway. After Goulburn, take the Federal Highway to get to your destination.

From Melbourne take the City Link, then Hume Highway, via the Western Ring Road. When you get to Yass, the Barton Highway will take you to Canberra.

You have to pay tolls for M5 and City Link.

By Coach

Greyhound buses run daily trips: 3 hours and a half from Sydney and 8 hours from Melbourne.

By Train

Trains cover the distance in about 4 hours and a half from Sydney and 9 hours from Melbourne.

By Plane

Canberra flights are the quickest way to get there: just 50 minutes from Sydney and 15 - 20 minutes more from Melbourne, which means a little over one hour if your starting point is the capital of Victoria.

Driving Along the Coast

This is one of the best ways to get from Sydney to Canberra, if you are not in a hurry and want to enjoy the views.

canberra travel guide - drive along the coast stanwell park view Here's a view of the coastal road to drive, from Stanwell Park beach

The coast route from Sydney to Batemans Bay on Princess Highway is 275 km long. There are lots of places to stop and try the beaches.

From Batemans Bay take the Kings Highway inland for another 150 km.

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