Canberra is the capital city of Australia and Australia's largest inland city. It is one of 3 planned capitals in the world and houses parliament buildings, museums, galleries, and the famous War Memorial built around beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. Many other national facilities and public institutions are housed in Canberra because of its capital status. Canberra is a great place to enjoy the outdoors, with many parks and gardens in a city surrounded by native bush and reserves. Hills also encompass the city offering plenty of great vantage points over Canberra.
Jervis Bay in the South Coast region of New South Wales is located 120km from Sydney and a similar distance from Canberra. The Bay is one of thehiglights of the Australian coastline and is preserved as a national and marine park. Its beautyhas long been recognized and appreciated by locals, but is less known by tourists. The Bay reputedly has the clearest waters and whitest sands in the country. Jervis Bay is also known for whale watching, as it is on their migration route. Whales can be observed as they pass the entrance to the Bay, frequently entering the bay to rest. The area also has cultural significance to the Aboriginal people. Beautiful Booderee National Park for example is jointly managed by the Aboriginal Community and the government.
If time and budget permit, you could extend your holiday to include Kosciuszko National Park. This park is over 690,000 hectares and contains mainland Australia's highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, ski fields, and the famous Snowy River. About 3 hours drive from Canberra, this area is definately not your usual image of Australia, instead you will find an alpine wonderland with many opportunities for summer walks and winter snow sports. Skiing and snowboarding may be the big attraction in winter, but in warmer months you can admire alpine wildflowers by hiking one of the walking tracks, and enjoy the spectacular views from the roof top of Australia. You can also visit historic homesteads, or explore Yarrangobilly Caves, a cave complex with a thermal pool, fed by natural hot springs, and a number of walking tracks.