Visitor Information


Getting Around

ANU and the Canberra Region


The Humanties Research Centre is based on the ground floor of the Sir Roland Wilson Building, 120 McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT 2061. The building, adjacent to the National Film and Sound Archive, is on the border of ANU campus and the NewActon precinct.






General Information









The ANU is located in Acton, on the north side of Lake Burley Griffin. It is bordered to the south by NewActon, the National Museum and Lake Burley Griffin, and bordered to the east by the city (known locally as Civic).



There are shuttle buses from the airport, as well as numerous taxi and rideshare options. The Canberra Airport is approximately 15 minutes drive from the ANU. There is limited public transport from the airport region.


If you do not wish to catch a taxi or rideshare from the train station to the ANU (approx. 20 minutes), there are regular buses to the city centre. Cash fares are available on all services. The ANU is located walking distance from both the City Bus Station and the Jolimont Centre (for all interstate bus services).



Accommodation Information

The following information may assist you. Please make your own arrangements with the hotels. If you would like to obtain more information concerning the accommodation available on/near ANU campus, please refer to the ANU website.


ANU Campus

Walking distance



Information about Canberra



Canberra is the national centre of government and was founded in 1913. The name comes, appropriately, from a local Aboriginal word for 'meeting place'. Surrounded on all sides by a wide expanse of beautiful bushland, the city's design features sweeping vistas and wide boulevards.

The Australian National University campus is set in extensive parkland and hosts a number of Australian and exotic trees, attractive gardens, open space and soft green lawns. Visitors and students alike can enjoy all the conveniences that come from being within close proximity to the city centre -- just a few minutes' walk away. Canberra has a wealth of outdoor walks and hiking paths, as well as a network of shared paths, footpaths and on-road cycling lanes; offering cyclists and pedestrians enjoyable, safe and efficient routes for travelling in and between suburbs and around our parks and lakes.

Canberra is a safe, clean city with friendly people and a buzzing food and wine scene. The stunning south coast beaches and the Snowy Mountain ski slopes are only a two hour drive away and if big city lights are an attraction, transport to Sydney is readily available (by air or bus). Visitors also have great access to public institutions (see below). Accommodation is available on, or close to, the campus and within walking distance to public transport and city centre.

The following are a few of the more popular attractions in Canberra:


For more information, see Visit Canberra.



The bush around Canberra has many wild kangaroos. There are two species. The grey kangaroo is bigger, lighter-coloured and very common. The Swamp Wallaby is smaller, darker and much less common. Kangaroos are most active early in the morning or late in the evening. You are most likely to see one around sunrise or sunset. The nearest places with large kangaroo populations are Black Mountain (the mountain just to the west of campus, beneath Telstra Tower) and Mount Ainslie. 




ACT Weather


Canberra has distinct seasons, with hot, dry summers, cool autumns, cold winters, and colourful springs. Visit the Bureau of Meterology for the latest Australian weather.


Average Temperatures (°C)

Month minimum maximum
January 13.6 28.5
February 13.8 28.1
March 11.5 24.7
April 7.0 20.1
May 4.2 15.8
June 1.4 12.3
July 0.0 11.5
August 1.3 13.5
September 4.0 16.2
October 6.7 19.6
November 9.7 23.5
December 11.9 26.3
Annual 7.1 20.0

Data updated February 2017.


Updated:  2 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Head, Centre/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications