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Canberra Fast Facts
- State: ACT
- Famous for/as: nationís capital
- Population: 358,000
- Area: 814.2 sq km
- Language: English
- Best Season:
- Weather: 19.7 °C - 6.5 °C
- Local Transport:
330 Northbourne Ave, Dickson ACT
Open 9am-5pm weekdays
9am-4pm weekends and public holidays
Closed Christmas Day
call 1300 554 114
overseas use +61 2 6205 0044.
Canberra, Australia Overview
Canberra will celebrate its centenary as the nation’s capital in 2013.
Your nation’s capital is the ideal place to stay while exploring the many treasures of the surrounding region. The sapphire blue waters and beaches of the South Coast, the rural tranquillity of Southern Highlands and the highest alpine peaks in the Snowy Mountains are within comfortable driving distance of the city.
The region is home to historic townships, unspoilt nature, excellent wineries, world-class arts and crafts and gourmet produce.
Canberra is modern city, set within extensive parks and gardens and enjoys four distinct seasons.
Your nation’s capital is the home of the Australian Story. Discover the national attractions which house our shared history, culture, flora, art, knowledge, law and identity with regular displays, tours and exhibitions.
Our climate and geography nourishes excellent food and wine which you can enjoy in our stylish restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.
An extensive network of parks and reserves with walking trails and cycle ways offer wonderful recreation, exploration and rejuvenation opportunities.
With a bustling calendar of events, festivals, exhibitions and tours, Canberra is full of unexpected delights awaiting you.
Follow the links and see for yourself more of Canberra and the surrounding region with facts to help plan your trip, how to get here and get around and how to enjoy the best of your nation’s capital.
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Canberra, Australia History
Located on the ancient lands of the Indigenous Ngunnawal people, Canberra’s name is thought to mean ‘meeting place’, derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra.
European settlers arrived in the 1830s, and the area won selection by ballot for the federal capital in 1908. Canberra’s special contrast of nature and urban living was planned in 1912 by master designer, Walter Burley Griffin, a Chicago architect, who won an international design competition.
The provisional Parliament House opened in 1927 in what was then a treeless paddock. For more information on Canberra’s history, visit www.nationalcapital.gov.au.
Since then, Canberra has grown into a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with national attractions housing the heritage, history and national collections that make Canberra the home of the Australian story.