Yes, that’s right,! Canberra with a population of 325,000 is the capital of Australia. We know what you’re thinking, “What about Sydney or Melbourne?”
In fact, to resolve the ongoing rivalry between the two, a new location for the national capital was decided on in 1906, to be located somewhat between the two major cities (Canberra is three hours drive south west of Sydney). An international competition was launched to design the capital and in 1913 an American named Walter Burley-Griffin and his wife developed the winning design that combines lots of open and natural space with all the benefits of a modern city.
Canberra (from an aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting place’) was born.