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The Bush Capital

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.

Today, as a result of its design and history, Canberra is a beautiful and unique city, and as well as proximity to Sydney, is two hour’s drive from the ski fields of the Snowy Mountains and two hours from the surf at Bateman’s Bay on the NSW south coast. Canberra boasts the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery, the Australian War Memorial, the National Library, the Australian Institute of Sport, a host of international embassies (with numerous year round cultural events) and of course Parliament House . Add to that stunning parks, nature reserves and bush walks all year round, cafes, cinemas, shopping malls etc etc. (Have we sold it to you yet?)