If you are looking for a travel destination that is out to offer the best of the best – from great sounds and sights to wonderful cultural history, Canberra is your top pick. Considered as Australia’s largest inland city, Canberra is also the capital and the seat of the country’s government.
History and Geography
Canberra is essentially an Australian Capital Territory. It was built for a purpose: to put an end on the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, which are both vying for national capital city status. What the federal government decided is to establish Canberra as the capital of the Australian Nation.
Canberra is built around a man-made lake, the Lake Burley Griffin, which divides the central commercial area and the embassy area. It is also surrounded by other town centers including Belconnen, Gungahlin, Tuggeranong, and Woden. There is also a nearby town that is worth a visit for its wine selection: Murrumbateman.
Landmarks and Popular Tourist Attractions
Canberra is largely occupied by national facilities and public institutions. The must-visits include national museums, monuments, and galleries which show off the exciting background history of the place itself and the federated Australian nation.
If you come to Canberra to discover its rich cultural history, you should go out and see the Old Parliament House in King George Terrace. There is also the Parliament House of Australia, located at Capitol Hill and the iconic Australian War Memorial which has the Commemorative shrine, Hall of Memory and the Memorial museum.
If you love the outdoors, there is also something for you. Bushwalking and cycling are favorite tourist activities here. There are gardens, nature reserves, and parks that you must explore.
Population and Economy
Canberra is largely populated by politicians, public servants and students. They usually move here to enjoy the highest level of education and employment with the Australian government. Then, they move back to their place of origin or elsewhere to continue what they have started.
This is a place where you can enjoy the highest income and the best education. It was a well-planned city, which is able to develop its own identity. With its iconic cultural heritage, it is definitely an interesting destination. Tourism is one aspect that people here draw an income from.
One of the much awaited events will happen in 2013, in which Canberra celebrates its centenary. The government is making big plans that tourists from all over the world should not miss. If you are looking for an opportunity to experience Canberra at its best, visiting the landmark events and the local celebrations are top choices.
The Spring Floriade is another event you would not want to miss. It is an annual event that is held during Australian spring (September-October), which features floral displays, makeshift restaurants, garden stalls, and live music.