A man who crashed his car into the gates of Canberra's US embassy has been charged with property damage and is due to face court.

The 30-year-old Queenslander has been charged with damaging "the premises of an internationally-protected person," a police spokeswoman told AAP ahead of the man's appearance at the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday.

At about 6pm (AEST) on Wednesday the man is alleged to have driven his Queensland-registered car into a set of gates at the high-security compound, sparking an intense response including sweeps by a bomb squad robot and the closure of nearby roads for several hours.

There were no explosives found, the driver was uninjured and police are continuing to investigate whether the crash was deliberate or accidental.

US Ambassador Jeffery Bleich and his family were at home at the embassy at the time of the crash, which saw the small Peugeot hatchback lodged on bollards at an entrance.