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An image of Thredbo near Canberra

Despite being one of Australia's smallest cities, there's plenty to see and do in Canberra if you opt for a hire car to explore the surrounding area. Canberra, the capital of Australia, is located in the south-east of the country and is home to some of Australia's finest national monuments and institutions.

There's plenty to see and do in Canberra...

Attractions such as the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia and Old Parliament House are all situated in Canberra and draw large visitor numbers. To ensure that you don't miss out on these popular sights car hire in Canberra is a must. Another popular attraction is the Big Splash Water Park. The park is open from November to March and has a range of pools and slides to suit all ages. Just remember to pack plenty of sun cream as there is limited shade at the water park.

There are other popular attractions further a field. Canberra is situated halfway between the ski slopes of Thredbo and the beaches of NSW and many visitors choose to visit one or both of these areas. Both are about 100 km away from Canberra which is about an hour and a half drive.

Parliment House in Canberra

As Australians also drive on the left-hand side of the road, adjusting to driving in Canberra should be fairly easy. Just be sure to carry your driving licence at all times as those stopped by the police without their driving licence will face an on-the-spot fine.

To find cheap car hire be sure to book in advance. This will help avoid the queues and the hassle of arranging car hire at the airport and will ensure that your self-drive holiday gets off to a stress-free start.