Travel to Canberra in Australia. Canberra is the capital city of Australia. The city is located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), an enclave in the south-east of New South Wales. Canberra is a planned city, with national monuments, museums and galleries built around a large artificial lake. As a bush capital, Canberra is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors, with excellent cycling, gardens, parks, bushwalking and nature reserves.Canberra was established in 1913 as the capital for the newly federated Australian nation. The ACT was excised from New South Wales and put under the control of the federal government. The creation of the planned city was not without critics who claimed it was a “waste of a good sheep pasture”. Canberra’s design was conceived by the American architects Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin, built on the shores of an artificial lake (Lake Burley Griffin). Populated at first largely by politicians and public servants, it took time to develop its own identity and culture. Extensive building of national facilities and a concerted effort to develop public institutions in the city have made it an interesting destination.Lake Burley Griffin divides central Canberra. The central shopping and commercial area, known as “Civic”, is on the north side and the parliamentary triangle and embassy area is on the south side. National institutions are likewise divided, examples being the National Museum of Australia and the Australian War Memorial on the north side and the National Library and National Gallery of Australia on the south side.There are suburbs surrounding central Canberra, and also suburbs surrounding several outlying town centres. These town centres are, Belconnen and Gungahlin to the north, and Tuggeranong and Woden to the south. The ACT also has surrounding towns, such as Murrumbateman, which boasts a strong cool climate wine selection. The historic village of Hall is also on the outskirts of Canberra.It had a population of 395,790 people at the time of the 2016 Census .Australian Capital Territory follows the same time as New South Wales that surrounds it. It’s 10 hours ahead of GMT (UTC+10) and 11 hours ahead (UTC+11) during daylight saving (first Sunday in October and ends the first Sunday in April).Many people who live in Canberra are not originally from Canberra, having usually moved there to study or take up employment with the Australian Government. A common pattern is that people from other parts of Australia move to Canberra, study or work for a few years and then return to their place of origin or move on to elsewhere. As this means a constant influx of new arrivals to Canberra, you should not be reluctant to ask for directions and the like from locals – they are more than used to it and usually only too happy to help.Canberrans on the whole are easygoing, friendly and tolerant people who have the highest levels of education and income in Australia.Ethnically, Canberra’s population is more diverse than most regional areas of Australia, but nowhere near as culturally and linguistically varied as Sydney and Melbourne.Canberra can get just as hot as anywhere else in Australia during the summer months, with temperatures above 30C a frequent occurrence from December through to March. It can get bitterly cold during the winter months (June-August) owing to its altitude and proximity to the Snowy Mountains. Overnight temperatures in winter frequently drop below zero and tend to hover slightly above 10C during the day. However, it is usually a clear, brisk cold, and rarely a dull, damp cold. Canberra is less humid than Australian coastal cities. The hottest days are often mitigated by welcome, cooling, mountain breezes, particularly towards the end of the day, and the temperature drops overnight.The comprehensive visitor centre has recently moved to Regatta Point on the north shore of Lake Burley-Griffin. It shares a building with the National Capital Exhibition. +61 2 6205-0044.Canberra International Airport (IATA: CBR) is well served by flights from other Australian capital cities. Its always been known as Canberra International Airport, although international flights only resumed in 2016 after a long absence. There are flights almost hourly to Sydney and frequent flights to Melbourne. Other capitals may see only a morning and evening flights. A flight from Sydney to Canberra only saves an hour or so over driving from Sydney and for those who are not coming from an area close to Sydney Airport, air travel offers only a marginal time saving.The following airlines fly to Canberra daily:Flying time is 50 minutes from Sydney, 1 hour from Newcastle, Dubbo or Melbourne, 2 hours from Brisbane and Adelaide, and 4 hours from Perth.International Services operating to / from Canberra include

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