About Australian Capital Territory
The Australian Capital Territory, ACT, is Australia's capital region with Canberra as its capital and also the capital city of Australia. The ACT is often referred to just as Canberra, even though Canberra is just one region within the ACT.
Canberra became the site for the Australian capital in 1908 when the Federal Parliament designated the territory for the national capital. Further land at Jervis Bay on the New South Wales coast was also selected so the national capital could have a seaport.
The ACT is surrounded by beautiful farming land, the majestic Great Dividing Range and the alpine peaks of the Snowy Mountains. The Australian Capital Territory set aside 53 per cent of its total area for parks and reserves.
Places to Visit
Canberra is the Australian national capital and hence home to Parliament House. Here you will find a busy CBD and several of national museums. Read More
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Located just 45 minutes drive from the city centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers visitors walking tracks, and the opportunity to see native Australian animals in their natural habitat. There is extensive conservation work carried out at the reserve to restore threatened species such as the brush tailed rock wallaby and corroboree frog. In spring you can see wildflowers in full bloom.
Namadgi National Park
The picturesque Namadgi National Park is located at the northern end of the Australian Alps, about a 45 minute drive from Canberra's CBD. The park has many marked walking tracks providing the perfect situation to see native flora and fauna and spring wildflowers. The park is also famous for its Indigenous rock art and Aboriginal shelters which an be easily accessed.
The ACT has four distinct seasons each with their own appeal.
Spring is famous for the beautiful flowers and the Floriade display. Summer brings opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. Autumn brings stunning colour with the change of the autumn leaves. And winter is the perfect time to enjoy a glass of the local red wine in front of an open fire.
Getting to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Canberra airport caters for direct flights from all capital cities and some major regional centres. For international arrivals fly to either one of the international airports at Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane, then take a domestic flight to Canberra.
The drive from either Sydney or Melbourne to the ACT is easy via the Hume Highway. From Sydney it takes about 3.5 hours and from Melbourne about 8 hours.
Bus and coach services operate to and from Canberra to the Snowy Mountains, the NSW South Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Canberra has a direct rail service from Sydney and a combined rail and bus service from Melbourne. In Sydney the train departs from Sydney Central Station and travels via the Southern Highlands and Goulburn. The trip takes about 4.5 hours. There is no direct rail service from Melbourne.
Getting Around the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Getting around Canberra is easy with a choice of public bus, taxi or a tour. Alternately, drive yourself around.
Parking in Canberra is cheaper than other major capital cities. Average daily fees are less than $8 per day. Most major attractions have free parking and many shopping malls offer free parking for the first two hours.
Canberra also has an expansive network of cycle and walking paths.
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