Get to know Australia’s capital, live and learn about the perculiarities of the city that is the government and ministries headquarters while you study in the heart of Australia’s powerhouse
Canberra is the capital of Australia and, therefore, home to the Australian Government. Parliament House, the High Court and numerous Government departments are all located in the city of Canberra. The population is 345,000 inhabitants and it’s located 300 km south-west of Sydney and 650 km north-east of Melbourne.
Its streets are home to numerous national monuments, art galleries, restaurants, entertainment, parks and gardens where flowers glow with vivid colours during the Festival Floriade.
In autumn, the sky of Canberra is filled with balloons for the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and the capital city comes to life with the three days celebration of the “Enlighten Festival”.
The Molonglo river flows through the city of Canberra, which was dammed to form the artificial Lake Burley Griffin, located in the city center and where many sports enthusiasts go sailing, fishing and rowing.
What not to miss…
- Explore the beauty of thenative plants at the Australian National Botanic Gardens
- Visit Black Mountain natural park with its 100’s of species of birds, plants and insects.
- Climb, hike and see the Aboriginal cave art in Namadgi National Park or visit Tidbinbilla Natural Reserve.
- Do a cultural tour through the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia or the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
- Taste the exquisite Australian cuisine visiting some of its regional markets in Southern Tablelands or a delicious wine at the cellars of Four Winds vineyards , just 30 minutes from Camberra.
- Learn about the Australia’s most famous important sport heroes at the Australian Institute of Sport
Canberra has an oceanic climate, in which the four seasons are clearly distinguished due to its distance from the coast. Summers are hot and dry and winters are cold and sometimes there are snowfalls.
January is usually the hottest month of the year, the average high is approximately 28º, however July is the coldest month with a minimum temperature of -2º.
See the weather in Canberra.
An interesting fact
Many people wonder why Canberra is the capital city of Australia, being smallest and less important than cities like Sydney or Melbourne. Well, here’s the answer: Canberra was chosen as the capital of the country to end the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne – a city located at a midpoint, Canberra, 248 km from Sydney and 480 km from Melbourne, was chosen!
To get know Canberra visit Tourism Australia or Visit Canberra
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