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 Canberra City Break

Canberra not only boasts more free attractions than any other Australian city, it has cafes, culture, and cuisine to give any Aussie city a run for its money, plus a massive year-round calendar of events. All of this makes Canberra a fantastic spot for a mini break. Check out these upcoming events and take advantage of Canberra City YHA's great-value Autumn Break or Wired deals.

Canberra Festival

28 February - 16 March 2014

More than 50 free and ticketed events are on the packed program, including a film festival, must-see exhibitions, dance, art, and music, all showcasing the diversity of the capital. The Celebrate in the Park concert and fireworks are back on, as is the magic of Enlighten, when the city stays up late, opens its doors, and (quite literally) shines a light on its cultural gems. There are starlight dinners on the roof of Old Parliament House, sound and light shows, hilarious comedy, off-the-wall performances,  and the ever-popular Balloon Spectacular as hot-air balloons of all shapes and sizes take to the skies over Canberra. Find out more at

Some of the highlights and events cooinciding with the Canberra Festival include:   

Enlighten Canberra

28 February - 8 March 2014

Canberra Comedy Festival

4-9 March 2014

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

8-16 March 2014  

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SICAN-LAMBAYEQUE culture North coast 750-1375 AD Tumi (Sacrificial knife) gold, silver,chrysocolla, turquoise, lapis lazuli, spondylus; 27.5 x 10.3cm Museo Oro del Peru, Lima © Photograph Daniel Giannoni

Gold and the Incas Exhibition  

Until 21 April 2014

From the Impressionists to the Renaissance and Turner, Canberra is a magnet for the biggest and best exhibitions to hit Australia's shores. The latest must-see is the Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru exhibition. Exclusive to the National Gallery, the exhibition showcases a priceless collection from Peru's famous Inca empire and cultures even older. Between 500 and 2,000 years old, these extraordinary objects including golden jewellery, elaborate woven cloths and sophisticated ceramic sculptures are a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in art, culture or history. Visit for more.

Plus more great events including:

Canberra Heritage Festival from 5-21 April

National Folk Festival from 17-21 April

Canberra International Music Festival from 9-18 May 2014

Canberra Autumn Package

Make the most of your stay in Australia’s capital with this special package. It’s a great city to cycle with dedicated bike paths to a lot of the main attractions. Don’t miss Parliament House, the War Memorial, the National Museum and more. Many attractions are free! This great value package is perfect for a Canberra short break. 

Package includes:

  • 2 nights' accommodation (multi-share or double/twin)
  • Daily breakfast at on-site Bytes Cafe
  • 1-day bike hire to get around the sights and attractions
  • 2 days unlimited WiFi

Priced from $98 per personmultishare and $230 per double/twin room (two people). Valid only from 1 March – 31 May 2014. YHA member prices listed, standard rates available. Terms and conditions apply, packages are not refundable.

To book this package and see other deals on offer at Canberra City YHA, click here.

Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas

Nothing says summer more than watching one of your favourite movies under the stars and eating a delicious ice cream.

Thanks to Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas, feature films have been lighting up screens across Australia's capital cities and kicks off in Canberra from 14 February until 8 March 2014.

Every Sunday screening is a 'Sundae Session', featuring live music performances and FREE Ben & Jerry's ice cream for all.To top it off, YHA members receive $3 off tickets! Simply enter the promo code YHA when purchasing tickets online. 

Check out all the information here.