Ever easy on the eye, Canberra is a triumph of design. Australia’s capital city was laid out by expert architects and the proof is in the panorama.

A walk down Canberra’s broad boulevards will present you with a harmonious montage of green spaces and urban elements. The city centre hosts a buzzing dining and bar scene, where students from local universities and politicians from Parliament House patrol the best spots. Leading museums, galleries and festivals give the city a little extra zing each and every time you check in.

Frequently Asked Questions about Canberra

Why is Canberra the capital?

The common story goes that Canberra was a compromise, because officials couldn't choose between rivals Sydney and Melbourne. While the "Battle for the Capital" was contentious, the real reasons were due to weather and location-they simply didn't want to be too hot or too close to the sea. Delegates considered sites all over New South Wales. A few powerful politicians eventually supported Canberra as capital, and the rest is history.

What's happening in Canberra?

Canberra is chockablock with events! Celebrate warmer weather in September and October at Floriade, the country's largest spring festival. If cars are your thing, stop by Summernats, a massive car-themed festival that attracts over 100,000 people in early January. In March, see the city in a new light at the Enlighten festival, which features music, art and comedy all over town.

When do magpies stop swooping in Canberra?

Magpies generally swoop from July through December. This is their breeding season-they're building nests, laying eggs and then protecting their young during this time. Not all magpies swoop, and there are a few things you can do to help: move slowly when you're in their territory, and protect yourself with a hat. Magpies also don't like eye contact, they're less likely to swoop when you are looking at them!