Travel to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
You might not have heard of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), but you’ve probably heard of Canberra, the country’s capital city (no, it’s not Sydney). The ACT is the federal district where Canberra lives, enclaved within the state of New South Wales (yes, Sydney is there too). The ACT isn’t a big tourist destination, but there are still several reasons to visit Canberra while you’re in the region.
The ACT is arguably the only region of Australia not characterised by incredible natural sites and seemingly impossible wonders. Instead it’s the ideal place to engage with Australia’s recent history and art culture. Among the top things to do in Canberra are the Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Being the capital, most Canberra tours will focus on Parliament House, Australia’s vast parliament building.
The ACT and Canberra are also popular destinations within Australia for those looking to study abroad, its federal connections allowing students to gain incredibly valuable experience. This is in part why the ACT is so multicultural, with around one-fifth of residents having been born outside Australia. It might be that you don’t stay long in the Australian Capital Territory, but even a short visit offers an invaluable look at the inner workings - both old and new - of this incredible country.