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Canberra Australia Capital City

Aug 17, 2007
Canberra is the capital city of Australia and with a population of over 332,000 is Australias largest inland city. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory, 300 kilometres southwest of Sydney, and 650 kilometres north east of Melbourne.

The city centre is laid out on two perpendicular axes a water axis stretching along Lake Burley Griffin, and a ceremonial land axis stretching from Parliament House on Capital Hill north eastward along Anzac Avenue to the Australian War Memorial at the foot of Mt Ainslie. The area known as the Parliamentary Triangle is formed by three of Burley Griffins axes, stretching from Capital Hill along Commonwealth Avenue to the Civic Centre around City Hill, along Constitution Avenue to the Defence precinct on Russell Hill, and along Kings Avenue back to Capital Hill.

The unemployment rate is well below the national unemployment rate. Labour shortages reported in some sectors. As a result of low unemployment and substantial levels of public sector and commercial employment, Canberra has the highest average disposable income of any Australian capital city.

Many national monuments and institutions such as the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery currently housed at Old Parliament House, the National Library of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, and the National Museum of Australia can be found. Many Commonwealth government buildings in Canberra are open to the public, including Parliament House, the High Court and the Royal Australian Mint. Lake Burley Griffin is the site of the Captain Cook Memorial and the National Carillon. Other sites of interest include the Telstra Tower and the Australian National Botanic Gardens on Black Mountain, the National Zoo and Aquarium on Scrivener Dam, the National Dinosaur Museum and Questacon the National Science and Technology Centre.

There are numerous bars and nightclubs which also offer live entertainment, particularly concentrated in the areas of Dickson, Kingston and the City Centre. Most town centres have facilities for a community theatre and a cinema. Popular cultural events include the National Folk Festival, the Royal Canberra Show, the Summernats car festival and the Celebrate Canberra festival which is held over 10 days in March in conjunction with Canberra Day.

Canberra experiences hot, dry summers, and mild winters with heavy fog and frequent frosts, with a rare spot of snow.

Well developed good quality roads and a low population density spread over a relatively large area of the city is a plus to this city.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Villa Canberra Site
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