The Australian Capital Territory is one of the most beautiful parts of Australia with residence of Australia's capital city as implied by the name. Canberra is about open space. It may be the nation's capital, but the traffic is still calm enough to hire a bike and ride around the wide flat streets of the city in leisure. The population of Australian Capital Territory is little over 300,000 and it stretches 88km from north to south and only 30km from west to east.
Australian Capital Territory is a bit of a mouthful so the state is known simply as ACT. When looking on the map ACT is far smaller than the huge state of New South Wales that completely surrounds it. The ACT was built for the specific purpose of creating neutral location for the seat of government in Australia.
Canberra, the urban center of the ACT, is a thriving modern city with stylish restaurants, hip bars, boutique shopping, fun for the kids and a busy calendar of events and festivals. The surrounding townships rural areas are home to charming townships such as Tharuia and Hall, award-winning wineries and stunning nature parks. Nanodgi National Park is perfect for a picnic or a bushwalk on the marked trails. Camping is possible in pleasant settings with fishing and horse riding. A vibrant and young city, Canberra has a thriving entertainment scene. From nightlife to licensed clubs, theater, festivals, and live music, there's something to appeal to everyone. The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra each Easter with more than 500 performers.
The ACT is not culturally distinct from other parts of Australia. The cultural life of Canberra is rich because of the high incomes and high levels of education of many of its residents. ACT has a relatively dry, continental climate with warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters.
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