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The Australian National University

Humanities Research Centre, Visitor Information

HRC is located in the A.D. Hope Building #14, Ellery Crescent, ANU.
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Information for Visitors

Directions for Visitors

Accommodation Information

Information about Canberra


More Canberra Information

ANU Visitors information

Map of ANU Campus

ANU Staff Contact Directory (from top bar)

Facilities and Services/transport

Rental Vehicles

Services on campus
A listing of available services.
The Co-op Bookshop (the on-campus bookshop).
ANU UniSafe Bus - this runs on campus and to Fenner Hall
On-Campus Accommodation.
ANU Health Service - for academics, students and general staff.
ANU Counselling. Again, for anyone on campus.

ANU Library :Home Page or Online Catalogue

Computing: CASS IT Services

Occupational Health and Safety Issues (OHS): The OHS Unit - for information on any other OHS issues

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Directions for Visitors

The ANU is located in Acton on the north side of Lake Burley Griffin, just west of the Civic Centre.

Arriving by plane

There is an Airport shuttle buses from the airport, for your convenience. Or else you can catch a taxi to your accommodation. The Canberra Airport is only about 15 minutes from the ANU.

Arriving by train or bus

If you do not wish to catch a taxi from the train station to the ANU (about a twenty minute trip), you can catch bus Route 39 or bus Route 80 (they run at least every half hour between 7.30 am and 10.30 pm) to the city centre. Bus fares within Canberra are all $3.00 regardless of destination. Ask the driver for a transfer ticket - this will allow you to transfer at the City Interchange (Bay 5) to a Route 34 bus (running every half-hour) which will take you along Liversidge Street to Liversidge Apartments. The HRC is located very near by on McCoy Circuit.

For Canberra Taxi companies go here

Transport information at the ANU.

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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 ANU campus, please refer to

Please arrange your own accommodation in Canberra. The following websites may be useful.

On campus accommodation :
Canberra accommodation :
Temporary Short Term Accommodation :

Hostels / Backpakers : http://accom.anu
For some hotels that are quite close to the ANU Campus see below:
Novotel Canberra
Diamant Canberra

Maps and bus information

ANU Campus

University House, Balmain Crescent, Acton ACT 2601
Liversidge Apartments, Liversidge Street, Acton ACT 2601
Halls of Residence, Bruce Hall/Burton & Garran, Daley Road, Acton ACT 2601
Ursula College, cnr Daley & Dickson Road, Acton ACT 2601

Within walking distance from the ANU

Capital Tower, 2 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City ACT 2600
Rydges Canberra, London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600
City Walk Hotel, (Back packers) 2 Mort Street, Canberra City, ACT 2601

Canberra City

Capital Executive Apartment Hotel, 108 Northbourne Ave, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Crowne Plaza Apartments, 1 Binara Street, Canberra City, ACT 2600
Olims Motor Inn, Ainslie Avenue, (Cnr Limestone Avenue) Braddon ACT 2601
Diamant Canberra, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra, ACT 2601
Tall Trees, 21 Stephen Street, Ainslie ACT 2602
Acacia Motor Lodge, 65 Ainslie Avenue, Canberra, ACT 2600
Canberra Wide Apartments (9 locations)
YHA, (Youth Hostel) 7 Akuna Street, Canberra City, ACT 2601

North Canberra

Comfort Inn Downtown, 82 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601
Fenner Hall, 210 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City ACT 2600
Canberra Central Apartments, 79-81 Northbourne Avenue, Turner, Canberra ACT 2612
Studio Q (self-contained studio accommodation), 5 Boronia Drive, O’Connor, Canberra ACT 2602

South Canberra

Telopea Inn on the Park, 30 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT 2603
Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest ACT 2603



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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 (Parks and Wildlife) 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 is a safe, clean city with friendly people. The stunning south coast beaches and the Snowy Mountain ski slopes are only a two hour drive away and if the big city lights are an attraction, then flights to Sydney take about 30 minutes. Visitors also have great access to public institutions such as the National Library, National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Parliament. Accommodation is available on, or close to, the campus and within walking distance to public transport and city centre.
For more information please check these sites:
Canberra Tourism or Canberra Attractions


The Yellow Pages have maps of the city of Canberra in the front, in the blue section. In addition, can help you locate a street or suburb online, and the Australian Yellow Pages and White Pages both link to this service if you want to locate a person or business.

Canberra Cycling information go here

Canberra has an excellent 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.

Restaurants On campus

Restaurants in and around CBD

There are many cafés and restaurants in Civic, especially along City Walk and in Garema Place.

Where to find kangaroos

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, with the spire on top) and Mount Ainslie. Maps 48 and 58 in the Yellow Pages show the trails on Black Mountain. For Mount Ainslie, go to the War Memorial (P2 on Map 59), and then just start climbing up the mountain behind the memorial. There is a paved trail to the top, with many people and not many kangaroos. If you veer off the main trail you are quite likely to see kangaroos. On cold winter's nights they tend to come down the mountain and roam the nearby streets - they particularly like to chew up our webmaster's lawns.

Tourist Sites

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

  • Parliament House: Impressive building, built into a hill. Worth seeing.
  • Australian War Memorial: Focuses mostly on the two world wars. The WWI exhibit prominently features Gallipoli, the WWII exhibit is especially about the war with Japan, in southeast Asia.
  • National Gallery of Australia: Small by international standards. Has interesting exhibits of aboriginal art and of Australian paintings.
  • National Museum of Australia: About the history of Australia.
  • National Library of Australia: Australia’s largest reference library
    The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House: This much-loved heritage building offers the visitor a unique glimpse into Australia's fascinating past.
    Questacon: Questacon is Australia's leading interactive science and technology Centre.
    National Portrait Gallery: Houses a permanent display of Australian portraits in all media, ranging from paintings and formal busts, to photographs
    and sketches.
    National Film and Sound Archive: The images and sounds of film, television, radio and recording are a reflection of our creativity – a window onto our life and times, our dreams and stories, our place in the world.
    National Archives of Australia: At the National Archives, we have a dual role, to:
  • 1. promote good records management in Australian Government agencies and
    2. manage the valuable records of our nation, and make them accessible now and for future generations.

To find out more about these attractions and more, visit the Canberra Tourism website.


  • Union Shop, ANU Union Building (newsagent and post office)
    Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 6pm
  • Canberra Centre, Bunda St, City (variety and specialty stores)
    Mon - Thu: 9am - 5pm, Fri: 9am - 9pm, Sat: 9am - 5pm, Sun: 10am - 4pm
  • Supabarn, Bunda St, City (groceries)
    Mon - Fri: 7am - 10pm, Sat - Sun: 8am - 9pm

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ACT Weather

Canberra has distinct seasons - summers are warm to hot; in autumn millions of trees turn gold to red; winters are crisp and cool with occasional frosty mornings clearing to blue skies; and in spring, Canberra comes alive with glorious floral blooms.

More information on Canberra weather and surrounding areas visit:

For information about other Australian Cities visit:

Average Temperatures (degrees celsius)

Month minimum maximum
January 13.2 28.0
February 13.1 27.0
March 10.7 24.5
April 6.6 20.0
May 3.2 15.5
June 1.0 12.2
July -0.1 11.3
August 1.0 13.0
September 3.2 16.2
October 6.1 19.4
November 8.7 22.7
December 11.3 26.1

Average Sunny Days and Averge Rainfall

Month Days
of sun
of rain
January 23 58
April 22 51
July 21 40
October 20 67

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Updated: 27 October 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Head, HRC / Page Contact:  HRC administration