- Home to just 385,600 people
- Capital City is Canberra
- Casino Canberra was the first legal casino to open in the ACT
- Overseen by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission
Canberra is Australia’s capital city and home to around 386,000 residents, making it the eight-largest city of the country. Despite being nicknamed the “Bush Capital” due to the lush greenery that surrounds it and the extensive parks inside it, the city is an example of a planned urban development and is the fruit of the American architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, who conceived of a city-plan composed of striking geometrical shapes.
A curious fact about Canberra is that it was chosen as the site of the nation’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne, which at the time where vying for that honour themselves.
Since its founding, Canberra has grown into a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Sitting at the heart of the capital, by the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, are the old and new Parliament Houses, as well as numerous attractions such as museums containing various collections that reflect Australia’s historic and cultural heritage.
The diverse geography of the region, coupled with an oceanic climate that is characterised by dry, hot summers and chilly winters, make Canberra an excellent travel destination that can be enjoyed in every season.
For those inclined to be more active on their holidays, there is an extensive network of parks and reserves criss-crossed with hiking and cycling trails which offer plenty of opportunities to explore the area. The city itself is also a bustling hub of activities, with stylish restaurants, bars and shops dotting the streets, and a calendar packed with exciting events all year round.