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Canberra is the capital of Australia and its largest inland city. It's nicknamed "The Bush Capital" because over 70% of it are gorgeous green open spaces. Being around 100 years old, the city boasts a charming cultural scene with an array of cuisines, festivals, and stunning architecture that attracts tourists from all over the world. The word Canberra is claimed to be taken from the indigenous Ngunnawal language that means "meeting place". The city is globally acclaimed for being Australia's best place to live with its great public services and highly acclaimed educational system, making it a popular student destination as well.
Canberra is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory along the Molonglo River, north-east of Melbourne, and 150 miles southwest of Sydney.
The climate in Canberra is four-seasonal and usually dry all year round, occasional rainfall could occur during both summer and winter, so make sure you have an umbrella ready. Canberra's weather is considered ideal with warm summers where the temperature reaches 27C in the hottest month of the year. Winters are, however, quite cold with temperatures averaging 5C, so you'll need plenty of warm sweaters and socks.
This city will always keep you busy and entertained with its museums, modern architecture, and galleries. You can also take a few minutes to ride to enjoy the serene nature with mountains and bushy forests. There are plenty of things to do in Canberra, for example, it's the only place in Australia where you can go on hot air balloon rides. The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is one of the best free activities in Canberra where you can watch hundreds of colourful hot air balloons decorating the city's sky. Look out for the city's famous Floriade festival celebrating the many spring blooms. Right in the city's centre is the stunning Lake Burley Griffin, and many of Canberra's top attractions are surrounding it, like the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, and Questacon. Don't miss out on the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the National Zoo and Aquarium for a one of a kind experience.
Canberra is where most of the top universities in Australia are with a high-quality education that attracts students from all over the world. One of the best universities in Canberra is The Australian National University with a diverse community and degrees in many fields for you to choose from. The University of Canberra boasts its ranking among the top universities in the world for its engaging courses preparing students for the workplace and highly qualified teachers. Other top universities in Canberra are Charles Sturt University, Canberra Institute of Technology, and UNSW Canberra.
Canberra being smaller than both Sydney and Melbourne has its advantages, one of which is how easy it is to get around! Transportation in Canberra is accessible and comfortable. The city is bicycle friendly with shared cycling and pedestrian footpaths linking to universities and key places of the city. The most popular transportation in Canberra is the bus since the system has multiple routes and reasonable fares. You can check if your university offers a student discount for fares using your university ID.
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