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Australia Facts ~ Canberra

Continuing with the series of the top ten most populated cities in Australia. 

The eighth most populated city in Australia is Canberra. I learned some new things while researching.

This is a new city for me, never heard of it. But it is incredibly beautiful, as all of Australia seems to be.

1. In 1908, Canberra was selected as the national capital of Australia as a result of the rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney. 

2.  The location of Canberra is very unique for it is planned outside any state of Australia. It is just similar with Brasilia in Brazil as well as Washington D.C. in United States.

3. The Bush Capital is the nickname of Canberra. It gains the name due the plentiful natural vegetation in the city. The garden city movement was considered as the primary influence in the city design.

4. The growth of Canberra was delayed due to Great Depression and World Wars.  After the World War 2 ended, Canberra became a blossoming city.

5. There are various buildings in Canberra which have national significance. Those are national Library, National Museum, National Gallery, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian War Memorial, Royal Australian Mint, and Australian National University.

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  1. Canberra, I was in the city on Melbourne Cup day. (Huge horse race in Oz). Everything was closed. (30 government officials came to listen to our presentation on their day off, I was shocked!) but then we explored this city the rest of the day.

    It is amazing!


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