Introduction to Canberra

National Museum of Australia, Canberra

It’s time to visit “down under”, the land of koala bears and kangaroos. The capital city of Australia is Canberra and is located in the south east territory. It is the largest inland city in the country. Canberra is the only planned city in the country and its design was influenced by the “garden city movement” because of the significant natural vegetation that has given it the name of “bush capital”.

Canberra has many fascinating museums to see including the National Museum of Australia which has the social history of Australia and one of the city’s more daring architecturally designed buildings. It is also home to the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Academy of Science.

Since Canberra is the capital there are many Commonwealth government buildings that you can tour including the Parliament House and the High Court. Stop and visit the Royal Australian Mint, but don’t expect any free samples.

Visit Lake Burly Griffin where the Captain James Cook Memorial is located as well as the National Botanic Gardens. Other interesting things are the National Zoo and Aquarium and the Dinosaur Museum.

If you are visiting in February, which is their summer, make sure to attend Stonefest at the University. This is a two day music festival. The National Folk Festival and Royal Canberra Show, and the Summernats Car Festival would also be a fun day. Celebrate Canberra Festival is held over 10 days in March.

Night life if plentiful in the city center with bars, theaters and restaurants for your enjoyment.

There is something for everyone in Canberra. So enjoy your time “down under”. Remember though if you are the driver you will be driving on the wrong side of the street and the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car. Also remember that their summer is our winter.

Photo by Sam Ilić on flickr


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