Canberra is Australia’s proud capital, located in the heart of the Australian Capital Territory. It is the nation’s largest inland city with a population of just over 300,000.
Canberra is known as the ‘bush capital,’ boasting significant areas of natural vegetation in and around the city. Unique to Australia, Canberra was a planned city designed outside of a state structure to epitomise the ‘garden city movement’ of the 1890s. Architect Walter Burley Griffin envisioned a self-contained community surrounded by greenbelts.
As the seat of the government of Australia, Canberra is home to Parliament House, the High Court and various government agencies. Consequently, the city has a high proportion of public servants.
Canberra has a fresh, yet relatively dry continental climate. Surrounding areas enjoy white winters, and their snow-capped mountains can be viewed from the city centre.
Outdoor exploration leads to limitless bush trails, cycle paths and nature parks showcasing the regions various horticultural offerings.
Canberra has become known as a foodie destination, with a wave of modern cafes, eateries and dining venues popping up around the city. Hatted restaurants serve local produce before breathtaking mountain views, while the rural surrounds house some of Australia’s best wineries.
Most people get around by car in Canberra, as the city is laid out so that arterial roads run through undeveloped land and open forest. This means there is low population density, minimal congestion and the city rarely feels crowded.
Canberra has a high proportion of educated young people with two universities ranked among the highest in the world, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.