Canberra Attractions Nearby Forrest Hotel and Apartments

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

Summer/ Autumn 2016


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

Sun 14 Feb - Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon @ AIS

Sat 26 Mar - Storm Damage 8: Mixed Martial Arts in Canberra @ The Auditorium, Erindale Vikings Club

Sat 2 – Sun 3 Apr - Canberra Walking Festival @ Charles Sturt University


AFL @ Manuka Oval

Thurs 25 Feb - NAB Challenge: 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 @ AIS Arena

Sun 7 Feb - University of Canberra Capitals VS Dandenong

Fri 12 Feb - University of Canberra Capitals VS Perth

Sat 20 Feb -  University of Canberra Capitals VS Bendigo

Rugby Union @ GIO Stadium

Fri 26 Feb - Aquis Brumbies VS Hurricanes

Fri 4 Mar - Aquis Brumbies VS Waratahs



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

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

Finishes Fri 26 Feb - Summer Story Time


Fri 4 Dec - Mon 28 Mar -  Tom Roberts

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



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

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

Wed 6 Apr - Sarah Blasko @ The Abbey

Sun 24 Apr - Groovin the Moo @ University of Canberra

Fri 12 Feb - We May Never Meet Again: The Music of Amy Winehouse @The Street Theatre

Tues 16 Feb - Guy Sebastian @ National Convention Centre

Mon 22 Feb - Rob Thomas @ The National Convention Centre

Thurs 17 Mar - Tripod – 101 Hits @ Canberra Theatre Centre

Fri 18 Mar - Arj Barker – Get In My Hood @ Canberra Theatre Centre

Sat 19 Mar - Don McLean @ Canberra Theatre

Fri 18 – Sat 19 Mar - Kitty Flanagan – Seriously? @ Canberra Centre 

Tues 15 Mar – Sun 20 Mar - Canberra comedy Festival @ Various Locations

Sat 5 Mar - John Cleese & Eric Idle @ National Convention Centre

Fri 5 Feb -  Diana Krall @ Canberra Theatre



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

Fri 27 Nov – Mon 28 Mar - Encounters



Wed 2 Dec – Sun 7 Feb - Borland + Borland

Thurs 11 Mar - Neon Night @ Canberra Glassworks


EPIC (Exhibition Park In Canberra)

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

Thurs 24 Mar – Mon 28 Mar - National Folk Festival

Sat 12 Dec – Sun 13 Dec - Handmade Market



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

Tues 15 Dec – Tues 16 Feb - Art and Dementia Tour

Finishes Mon 2 Feb - Collection Highlights

Sun 27 Dec - Drawn In: Hope Street Band

Finishes Sun 28 Feb - Slideshow Alley Highlights Tour



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

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

Every Sunday - Old Bus Depot Markets

Fri 4 March - Sat 12 March - Enligthen @ Various Locations

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

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

Thurs 15 Sep – Sat 17 Sep - Circa: Carnival of the Animals @ Canberra Theatre

Thurs 14 Jan – Sun 21 Feb -  Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema 2016 @ The National Library

Finishes Fri 25 Nov 2016 - Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons @ The Museum of Australian Democracy

Finishes Sun 21 Feb - Capital and Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1914 @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

Finishes 9 Oct 2016 - Spiders @ Questacon

Fri 5 Feb - eenage Dream 1966 and The Go Show! @ National Film and Archive

Finishes Sun 21 Feb - Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema @ Patrick White Lawns

Sat 27 Feb - Lantern Festival 2016 @ Beijing Gordon, Lennox Gardens

Sun 6 Mar - 2016 Mercedes-Benz Canberra – Black Opals Stakes Day @ Thoroughbred Park

Sat 19 Mar - Art, Not Apart Festival 2016 @ New Acton Cultural Precinct

Sat 19 Mar - Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival 2016 @ Mecure Canberra

Sat 12 Mar – Sun 20 Mar - Canberra Balloon Spectacular @ Lawns of Old Parliament House

  • ""Great Location""

    " Friendly staff. Great location close to the city, we could not hear any traffic and the motel itself was very quiet. We found the room and bathroom smaller than we expected but it was clean and comfortable. Value for money. "

    February 4th, 2016

    Sharone, Batehaven AUS,

  • ""Good value, fantastic location""

    " The hotel was located in an excellent location. It was not huge but was clean, well appointed and provided everything you would need as a base for exploring Canberra. Five minutes to Manuka shops and 15 minutes the The Lodge. "

    February 4th, 2016

    Azette, Melbourne AUS,

  • ""Drive up to the door style motel in a great location""

    " Spacious rooms with a tasteful refurbishment. Dining room has also been modernised and serves a great buffet breakfast for $20. Short walk to Manuka shops, restaurants and cafes. Easy drive to all the Galleries, Questacon, Old Parliament House and N..."

    February 4th, 2016

    McM, Sydney AUS,

  • ""Nice Apartment""

    " The room was good value and had all the necessary kitchen equipment. The room was clean and beds comfortable. The location is handy to many attractions including the lake Parking was close to the apartment. "

    February 4th, 2016

    Jgiles, Sydney AUS,

  • ""Great Location and Quiet""

    " Great location. Easy stroll distance to Manuka for shops (Coles) and nice cafes and restaurants. Clean, quiet,.. really nice towels (tragic I know, but worked for me). Table in apartment was a bit small for 4 people but manageable. Lovely helpful st..."

    February 4th, 2016

    Shay, Manly AUS,

  • ""I'll be back""

    " This hotel experience reflects that unique "Canberra" touch - of quality, genuine friendliness and helpfulness toward visitors - something that seems to be diminishing from so many other cities. The Forrest and Canberra are a true breath of fresh ai..."

    February 4th, 2016

    Leon, Sydney AUS,

  • ""Clean, Comfortable and Affordable Place to Stay""

    " Would definitely be back. Have stayed in a number of motels and hotels during our trips to Canberra and this would have to rate in the top five. We will most definitely be letting our friends know about this place. "

    February 4th, 2016

    Wahnita, Sydney AUS,

  • ""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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