Canberra Attractions Nearby Forrest Hotel and Apartments

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Read below for a selection of what's on in the Canberra Region.

Spring/Summer 2015 - 2016


Wed 20 Jan - CRICKET: ODI: Australia VS India @ Manuka Oval

Tues 2 Feb – CRICKET:  Women’s ODI: Southern Stars VS India @ Manuka Oval

Sat 9 – Sun 10 Apr – 2016 Running Festival @Old Parliament House Lawns

AFL @ Manuka Oval

Thurs 25 Feb - Pre-season match, Giants VS Western Bulldogs

Sun 3 April - Giants VS Geelong

Sun 17 April - Giants VS Port Adelaide

Sat 30 July - Giants VS Richmond

Women’s Basketball: University of Canberra Capitals @ AIS Arena

Fri 12 Feb - Capitals VS Perth



Mon 19 Oct, Mon 2, 16 & 30 Nov – Collection In Focus

Finishes Mon 7 Mar – William Edwin Pidgeon (1909-1981): War Correspondent and Artist

Finishes Sun 25 Sep 2016 – Mephisto: The Rarest Tank in the Work

Mon 4 Jan 2016 – Fri 29 Jan – Summer Hands On History

Finishes Wed 7 Sep 2016 – Reality in Flames: Modern Australian Art and the Second World War

Finishes Sun 11 Nov 2018 – Roll of Honour Name Projections


Fri 4 Dec – Tom Roberts

Every Sat from 12 Dec – 26 Mar – The Last Temptation: The Art of Ken & Julia Yonentain



Mon 7 Dec – The Wiggles: Big Show! Plus Cinder Emma Fairytale @ Canberra Theatre

Sat 19 Dec – Dan Fernades Guitar, Vocals & Musical Philosophy @ Beyond Q

Sat 28 Nov – British India: Spring Tour 2015 @ ANU Bar

Sat 28 Nov – Pete Murray: Yours Acoustically with Garret Koa @ Canberra Theatre

Fri 11 Dec – Sun 20 Dec – Cirque de Soleil: Quidam @ AIS Arena

Thurs 18 Feb – John Mellencap Aus Tour 2016 @ AIS Arena

Sat 27 Feb – We the Kings @ The Basement

Fri 4 Mar – Ian Moss: Six Strings Classics 2016 @ The Street Theatre

We 19 Mar – Belinda Carlisle 2016 with Psuedo Echo @ Canberra Southern Cross Club

Sat 5 Dec - A very Canberra Comedy Festival @Canberra Theatre Centre

Fri 4 – Sat 5 Dec – Faulty Towers... The Dining Experience @ Rex Hotel

Sun 20 Dec – Christmas Carillon @ National Carillon

Thur 31 Dec – New Years Eve at the Albert Hall with Canberra Pops Orchestra @ Albert Hall

Sat 16 Jan Sun 7 Feb  – 2016 Summer Sounds concert series @ Australian National Botanic Gardens

Sat 13 Feb – Necks @ The Street Theatre

Fri 19 - Sun 21 Feb – Health Harmony Soul Festival @ National Convention Centre

Sat 5 Mar – Pearl: The Janis Joplin Show @ The Street Theatre

Tues 8 – Wed 16 Dec – The Illusionists 1903 @ Canberra Theatre Centre

Tues 9 Feb – Dawn French: 30 million Minutes @ Canberra Theatre Centre

Mon 15 Feb – Will Anderson: A Work in Progress @ Canberra theatre Centre

Mon 22 Feb – Rob Thomas: The Great Unknown World Tour @ Royal Theatre

Wed 6 Apr – Sarah Blasko @ The Abbey

Sun 24 Apr – Groovin the Moo @ University of Canberra


Finishes Fri 16 Aug – Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Route



Wed 2 Dec – Sun 7 Feb – Borland + Borland



Fri 26 Feb – Sun 28 Feb – ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

Thur 7 –Sun 10 Jan – Summernats @ EPIC



Sat 5 Dec – Sun 28 Feb – Slideshow Alley: Infamy, The Macabre & The Portrait



Fri 4 Dec – Night Market Canberra @ Realm Park

Fri 27 Nov – Thurs 31 Dec – Christmas in the City @ Canberra City

Sat 31 Oct – Canberra Zombie Walk @ Regatta Point

Fri 19 Feb 2016 – Canberra Food and Wine Expo @ National Convention Centre

Every Sunday - Old Bus Depot Markets

Fri 27 Nov - Bob Geldof @ QT Ballroom

Fri 4 March - Sat 12 March - Enligthen @ various locations

Sun 6 Dec – A Day at the Lake @ Lake Burley Griffin

Sat 12 Dec – Christmas Vintage Market and Ball: Old Blue Eyes meets Queen of Jazz @ Albert Hall

Thurs 31 Dec – Fri 1 Jan – New Years Eve in the City @ Civic and Garema Place

Fri 12 – Sun 14 Feb – National Multicultural Festival @ various locations

Fri 19 - Sun 21 Feb – Canberra food and Wine Expo @ National Convention Centre

Sun 3 Apr – Auto Italia Canberra @ Old Parliament House Lawns

Finishes Sat 19 Dec – IMB Sunset Cinema @ Australian National Botanic Gardens, Eucalypt Lawn

Sat 5 – Sun 6 Mar – Canberra Summer’s End Yoga Festival @ Greenhill’s Conference Centre

  • ""Easy and Friendly""

    " The stay was easy, nice and quiet location. Not far from main attraction. easy to drive and easy parking availability.Room prices are good and value for money. Staff was friendly and helpful. Room is clean and tidy, with most amenities for comfortab..."

    October 19th, 2015

    Anon, Sydney AUS,

  • ""We Will Return""

    " This motel /unit complex was very handy to everything we wanted to do .Rooms are well presented and the unit had enough cooking facilities if you wished to eat in . It was a very comfortable stay. Reception staff were very helpful with directions an..."

    October 19th, 2015

    Egilbe, Camden AUS,

  • ""Great Place""

    " Was perfect location close to everything. Just a 2 minute walk to great restaurants, clean and a nice place to stay. Room was very clean and bed comfortable. Thanks again for making our stay so great! "

    October 19th, 2015

    Selene, Brisbane AUS,

  • ""Excellent Service""

    " The room we stayed was clean and convenient. Close to the city center and the staff are very accommodating. I would stay there again on my next trip to ACT. I would highly recommend this place to family and friends. "

    October 19th, 2015

    Ant, Melbourne AUS,

  • ""Leisure""

    " Very nice hotel to stay nothing outstanding .. Just a basic comfortable hotel.. Value for money staff more than friendly to help .. Located close to shops and also close to tourist attractions .. I would recommend this hotel.. I would stay here agai..."

    October 19th, 2015

    Alex C, Sydney AUS,

  • ""Fantastic Stay""

    " I always use Forrest Hotel and apartments everytime I go to Canberra as apartments are very nice and tide and price is reasonable. Will come back again and would definitely recommend it to my friends. "

    October 19th, 2015

    Rica, Sydney AUS,

  • ""Good Value in the Heart of Canberra""

    " Vvery handy for families as apartment fitted 4, staff were helpful, there was a coffee machine, microwave, stove, fridge etc. handy for going to parliament house, Questacon, floriade, the rooms were good size with parking "

    October 19th, 2015

    Anna M, Sydney AUS,

  • ""Good Place to Stay""

    " Nice, tidy, comfortable place to stay. I was surprised to see a quality oven, huge refrigerator, very roomy bathroom, washing and dryer machines and a lot of other stuff that we do not usually see at hotels.... "

    October 19th, 2015

    Arthur, Hornsby AUS,

  • ""Convenient Spot""

    " Very comfortable room .The hotel is in a great position for restaurants nearby .Found this to be great price for a hotel so close to city. The food at the restaurant was of a very good quality. I would return to this hotel "

    October 19th, 2015

    Lyn T, Vermont AUS,

  • ""Nice Spacious Apartment""

    " This apartment complex is within walking distance from the city main centre, and some 10 minutes walk away from a large shopping centre. Quite affordable, and spacious apartment with kitchen+living, bedroom, and bathroom. Kitchen included large frid..."

    October 19th, 2015

    Hemipritis, NETHERLANDS,

  • "'Comfortable Lodgings'"

    " We found the 2 bedroom apartment at Forrest to be comfortable and conveniently located. The apartment had everything we needed for a home away from home for a week long stay with a family of 4. The staff at both reception and in the restaurant were ..."

    July 28th, 2015

    Anon, Rockhampton AUS,

  • "'Pleasant and Convenient Stay'"

    " Clean, tidy, comfortable. Service was polite and pleasant. Room was clean and well appointed. Breakfast was most enjoyable with a great variety of food. The staff were very attentive and polite. Great value all round. "

    July 28th, 2015

    Chris, AUS,

  • "'Excellent'"

    " Canberra's best kept secret hotel. If you are looking for a great place to stay with fantastic service and affordable then you need to check this out. We will definitively come back and highly recommended. "

    June 24th, 2015

    Otti, Sydney AUS,

  • "'Good Location, Friendly Staff'"

    " When we arrive in this hotel on 12/6/2015 the reception staff were polite and helpful.The location it self is pretty close to all other attraction like Parliament House, National War Memorial ,and National Zoo Australia. About 5 mins drive to Canber..."

    June 24th, 2015

    Dee Jay, Sydney AUS,

  • "'Fantastic Accommodation'"

    " We only had an overnight trip to help our daughter move and we picked Forrest Hotel based on a great deal but we were very happy with everything. We plan on staying here again in August. Tidy & clean. "

    June 24th, 2015

    Tina, St Helens Park AUS,

  • "'Great Stay'"

    " Was warmly welcome and just so helpful will stay again close to everything I needed was a quiet getaway for my partner and I so we loved the cosynessand very well in the middle of everything we wanted to see thanks again Forrest Hotel "

    June 24th, 2015

    Anon, Sydney AUS,

  • "'Was Perfect!'"

    " We only stayed 1 night, but the service and the amenities were excellent! Each room had a additional heater (so thankful since it was very chilly in Canberra). Location was perfect, so it was very easy to visit many attractions. Parking was free and..."

    June 24th, 2015

    Alina B, Washington DC USA,

  • "'Great Location, Easy tio Find, Close to the City Centre'"

    " The accommodation has everything we wanted kitchenette. Comfortable. It also a portable heater for the bedroom. The bathroom is good size and clean. Would be happy to stay there again in the future :) "

    June 24th, 2015

    Sonja, Gosford AUS,

  • "'Peaceful, Clean & Great Location'"

    " Stayed at Forrest Hotel for 2 nights in preparation for running the 2015 Canberra Marathon. The 2 bedroom apartment was nice and spacious, clean and had everything we needed. The room and outdoor surrounds were tidy, well keep and peaceful. We found..."

    April 21st, 2015

    Kelly H, Sydney AUS,

  • "'Two Day Stay In Canberra'"

    " Comfortable, clean & affordable hotel in Canberra that was close to the main attraction to us The War Memorial. The apartment we stayed in had a fully equipped kitchen. The restaurant had a variety of choice. The staff were friendly & helpfu..."

    April 21st, 2015

    Colleen R, Sydney AUS,

  • "'Lodging Close to Manuka'"

    " The lodging was comfortable and clean, value priced for Canberra. A bonus for me was that the nearest restaurants and shops where those in Manuka, about a 10-15 minute walk.The building is motel style, the rooms are simple and functional. The revers..."

    April 21st, 2015

    Viajero, Austin Texas USA,

  • "'Great Value for Money'"

    " I have stayed here a few times and it is excellent value, in a great quiet location. The rooms are comfortable, quiet and clean. Manuka shops is close by and there are some great restaurants there if you like to eat out. I will definitely be back. "

    April 21st, 2015

    Danette, Gundagai AUS,

  • "'Excellent Place to Stay'"

    " Locality for our purpose was spot on. Walking distance to Manuka, shops, restaurants and theatre. Easy to get around Canberra from here in your car too. "

    April 21st, 2015

    Lynne, South Coast AUS,

  • "'Good Accommodation'"

    " Room was excellent. Hotel is less than 5 mins drive to the Parliament House, that makes it very convenient location for tourist. "

    April 21st, 2015

    Amol, USA,

  • "'Short Stay, Both Convenient and Comfortable'"

    " Very friendly staff, clean facilities, dining available and very convenient location "

    April 21st, 2015

    Barbara, NSW AUS,

  • ""Great Location""

    " The hotel is located in the national circle and is a great area close to the restaurants of Manuka and Parliament. It is an older style hotel but is clean and has all amenities. There is free parking on site and the staff at the front desk were very..."

    February 17th, 2015

    Anon, Sydney AUS,

  • ""Very Friendly And Welcoming""

    " We enjoyed our stay. It was a easy commute to the city, beautiful food and resturant. We were welcomed with friendly service. The rooms were comfortable and the pleasant. There was plenty of off street parking.I would definitely stay here again. "

    February 17th, 2015

    Tracy, AUS,

  • ""Great Place As Home Away From Home""

    " I was impressed with the very supportive front office staff as the saying goes front office staff is the first point of call and they undoubtful are the best marketing tool to get clients come again and again. "

    February 17th, 2015

    Ram, Fairfeild AUS,

  • ""Great Place To Stay In Canberra""

    " I am very occassionally in Canberra for work. I have stayed in a few different places. This hotel was my most recent choice though. It is walking distance to the Manuka shops which is basically Canberra's trendy area with cafes, restaurants and bars..."

    October 28th, 2014

    Jimmy J, Melbourne AUS,

  • ""Forrest Hotel -The Only Place To Go""

    " From the owner down to the humblest staff, they really make you feel welcome. The rooms are wonderful and the apartments to die for. Every one makes you feel very welcome and they always remember you from the last time. I cannot recommend them highe..."

    October 28th, 2014

    Jennifer J, Melbourne AUS,

  • ""Hidden Gem - Much Improved From Years Ago!""

    " I uses to stay here in the early 90's for work but thought I would try Forrest Lodge again for a visit to Canberra. It was clean and comfortable - the aircon has made the rooms warmer and it is an excellent place to stay for the price. "

    October 28th, 2014

    Anna U, Sydney AUS,

  • ""Very Good""

    " Clean, good location, the fully equipped kitchen offers every convenience.Clean, good location, the fully equipped kitchen offers every convenience.Clean, good location, the fully equipped kitchen offers every convenience. "

    October 28th, 2014

    Dikang I, Foshan CHINA,

  • ""One - Night Review""

    " Beautiful hotel. We've spent there only one night and part of one day but it's enough to appreciate it's location, service and accommodation. Forrest Apartments are the excellent place to stay both to couples and to families with one or two children..."

    October 28th, 2014

    Alexey V, Moscow RUSSIA,

  • ""Great Place To Stay In Canberra""

    ""Great Place To Stay In Canberra""

    October 28th, 2014

    Deborah, AUS,

  • ""Lovely BBQ Area""

    " Great location. Very clean. Pleasant helpful staff. Plenty of room. Lovely big fridge in kitchen. Beautiful, clean BBQ area with great electric BBQ's. Cleaning equipment left so you could clean bbq for next user. Washing powder with washing machine..."

    October 28th, 2014

    Fran, AUS,

  • ""Great Stay""

    " We spent two nights at this hotel. The location is fantastic as it is within walking distance of Parliament House and close to a multitude of restaurants in Manuka.The rooms are well appointed with everything supplied and the location is very quiet ..."

    October 28th, 2014

    David J, Perth AUS,

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