A cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel, life in Canberra boasts the best of both worlds. Historically, it’s one of a kind; founded as the national seat of government on 1 January 1901 and chosen specifically for its location between Sydney and Melbourne. The city was designed as part of an international competition in 1912, won by Chicago architects Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin.
As the capital of Australia and the ultimate ‘planned’ metropolis, you’re never stuck for something to do – from spectacular monuments and festivals, to sporting events, wineries and award-winning restaurants. Plus, it’s a short drive to mountains and national parks, two hours to the unspoilt white-sand beaches of the South Coast, around the same to the stunning Snowy Mountains ski fields, and only three hours to Sydney.