Region: Capital Territory Australia
In days of yore, Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne scrapped over the right to be called the Capital City! In the end, neither was deemed suitable as both were on the coast, as were all the other major cities at the time. In 1908, Canberra in Capital Territory Australia was chosen to be home to the Country’s Capital, and a new city was born. The name is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Kamberra’ – meaning meeting place. The city designer was a gentleman by the name of Walter Burley Griffin, a Chicago architect who won an international design competition! The provisional Parliament Building was opened in 1927, in what was then a treeless paddock.
Canberra is a city in a park, one of the world’s few planned cities. Canberra offers clear blue skies and tranquil days, golden autumn leaves and glorious spring blossom. Hidden beneath the leafy surrounds is a thriving modern city, with world class galleries and museums, stylish restaurants, classy bars, craft and food markets and fun for the kids.
Canberra’s national attractions hold and share the treasures of the nation. Celebrate Australia’s proud sporting achievements, delve into their unique political history, and reflect on their young nations experience on the international stage. All the major hotel chains are represented here, and the city is served by bus and rail links. It has its own airport, and is the gateway to the Snowy Mountains.