Where all the decisions are made, Parliament House, Canberra.

Ngunawal Country

Canberra City

The name Canberra is apparently derived from the word Kambera or Canberry and means a "meeting place".

Canberra (Ngambri) is the capital city of Australia, located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It’s a vibrant city full of life and culture, and it’s home to some of the country’s most iconic sights and attractions. Whether you’re a local or just visiting for a few days, there’s plenty to see and do in this picturesque city. Let’s take a closer look at what makes Canberra so special.

History & Culture

Canberra was officially founded in 1913 as the nation's capital after over a decade of debate between leaders from the states of Victoria and New South Wales over where to locate the national capital. The city has since grown into a thriving metropolis with an estimated population of 400,000 people as of 2020. It is also home to many cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, and National Library of Australia. The ACT boasts one of the largest collections of public artworks in any region in the world - around 300 pieces scattered throughout Canberra's streets and suburbs.

Attractions & Events

Canberra is renowned for its many attractions including Parliament House - which is open for free guided tours - Questacon (the National Science & Technology Centre), and Lake Burley Griffin (a man-made lake that provides residents with recreational activities like swimming, sailing, kayaking etc). There are also numerous festivals held throughout the year celebrating music, theatre, food & wine, visual arts etc., making it an ideal destination for tourists from all over the world.

Nature & Climate

Canberra has some stunning nature spots worth exploring including Mount Ainslie Lookout which offers spectacular views over Lake Burley Griffin; Black Mountain Nature Reserve which contains rare plant species; Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve which hosts native wildlife like emus and wallabies; Namadgi National Park; plus plenty more! As far as climate goes, Canberra experiences four distinct seasons with hot summers and cold winters. Rainfall can be quite common during winter months but overall it's fairly mild all year round - making it an ideal place to visit no matter what time of year it is!

Whether you're looking for culture, history or outdoor activities - there's something for everyone in Canberra! With its vibrant culture, rich history and stunning natural attractions - it's no wonder why this Australian capital city continues to attract visitors from all around the world! From exploring Parliament House to taking a stroll through Black Mountain Nature Reserve – make sure you add Canberra to your must-see list on your trip Down Under!

On 27 January 1972 the Aboriginal Tent Embassy was first established on the grounds of Parliament House to draw attention to indigenous rights and land issues and has continued to be occupied since 1992.

War Memorial
War Memorial

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A Virtual Tour of Parliament House
A Virtual Tour of Parliament House

Parliament House is one of Australia's most recognizable landmarks.

Canberra CBD from Mount Ainsley lookout, with Lake Burley Griffith in the background.
The Heart of Australia

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is a hidden gem in the heart of Australia, home to the government's capital city Canberra, which offers much more than just being a hub for politics.

Aboriginal Embassy
Aboriginal Embassy - Canberra

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is a permanent protest occupation site representing the political rights of Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people.