Capital of Australia
02.12.2012 - 03.12.2012 26 °C
Canberra is the capital city of Australia and its largest inland city; the eighth largest city overall. The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne and construction commenced in 1913. It is unusual being an entirely planned city outside of any state and being designed as a capital city the city's layout features geometric motifs such as circles, hexagons and triangles, and is centered around axes aligned with significant topographical landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory.
We stayed a couple of days and visited the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House which is the focal point of Canberra, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive where we saw The Sapphires, an Australian comedy movie about four women from a remote Aboriginal mission who are discovered by a talent scout and form a music group called The Sapphires, travelling to Vietnam in 1968 to sing for troops during the war.
The War Memorial includes a very comprehensive and very interesting museum, covering the Boer War, both World Wars, the Vietnam, Korean and other recent wars in which Australian diggers fought.
From Canberra we will travel back into New South Wales to visit Koscuiszko National Park in the Australian Alps.