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Living in Canberra

CANBERRA IS A PLACE THAT BELONGS TO ALL AUSTRALIANS; A DIVERSE, INNOVATIVE AND MODERN CITY THAT HOUSES THE STORIES OF AUSTRALIA. WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY IN CANBERRA, YOU CHOOSE AUSTRALIA’S BEST UNIVERSITY TOWN AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN FIRST-CLASS EDUCATION THAT IS RECOGNISED AROUND THE WORLD.

Canberra is Australia’s capital and one of its few inland cities. The city is highly planned, with the design featuring an artificial lake and roads fanning out from Parliament House.

The city is 150 km inland of the NSW south coast. It is 280 km SW of Sydney and 660 km NE of Melbourne. Canberra is subject to seasonal weather extremes. Although the air is dry and generally quite still, temperatures vary markedly across the seasons. Frosts are common in winter, with the temperature often dipping 3-4 degrees below zero overnight. Summers are warm and can produce extended spells of 30+ daytime maximums. Rainfall is relatively light and spread over the year.

Ready to explore the town? Locals know there’s a thriving social scene in Canberra and they’re happy to share it. We’ve got a stylish mix of cafes, beer gardens, lounge bars and clubs across the city centre, grouped in funky precincts, and tucked away in suburban centres.

CANBERRA’S TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

  1. See Democracy in Action at Parliament House – Tour Parliament House, a modern complex opened in 1988. Visitors can witness the democratic process at Question Time, in the House of Representatives or Senate. These sessions start at 2pm when Parliament is sitting.
  2. See wildlife at the National Zoo Aquarium – Australia’s largest collection of big cats call the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra home, along with a wide variety of native and exotic animals and fish at Australia’s only combined aquarium and zoo.
  3. Go Alternative at the Old Bus Depot Markets – Pull yourself away from its government buildings and discover Canberra’s funky side.
  4. Meet a Superstar at the Institute of Sport – Get up close to the elite athletes, gymnasts, swimmers and cyclists that train at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
  5. Ride Around a Man-made Lake – Discover Lake Burley Griffin — one of Canberra’s most prominent landmarks. The expanse of water is used for leisure activities including yachting, kayaking and windsurfing.
  6. See the Australian National Botanic Gardens – Bringing together plants from around the country, Canberra’s Australian National Botanic Gardens are an inspirational and relaxing destination on the city’s western edge.
  7. Go check out our own Deep Space Communication Complex Points of Interest – Just outside of Canberra, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is our link to outer space.
  8. Check out the two sides of the Snowy Valley – When the snow melts, Jindabyne changes personality to become a summertime outdoors resort, offering fishing, mountain biking white-water rafting and horseback riding.
  9. Stretch Your Mind at Questacon and the National Museum – Spend a couple of hours at National Museum of Australia and you’ll quickly see that despite Canberra’s serious image, humour is an essential national trait.
  10. Experience Canberra’s World of Galleries – Art-lovers will find Canberra an endless delight. Small art galleries are dotted across the city but some of the country’s most important public collections are located here.

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