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The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has just one main city, Canberra, which is a youthful, modern metropolis with a kind and inviting community. Canberra, as Australia's capital, is home to some of the country's most prestigious educational and cultural institutions, as well as serving as the country's seat of government and a hub for ideas, innovation, and decision-making.

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Population over 425.000 thousands 

Canberra's expansion has been fueled by drawing people from all over Australia and the world since its inception as the nation's capital little over 100 years ago, with students accounting for a large portion of this variety.

In fact, Lonely Planet, a well-known travel guide, ranked Canberra as the third greatest destination to visit in the world in 2018. The medium-sized city is routinely regarded as one of the world's most liveable cities, thanks to its well planned open spaces and pleasant lifestyle.


Canberra is also one of the world's cleanest, safest, and healthiest cities. Canberra was ranked among the top three capital cities for air quality by the World Health Organization in 2017. It's easy to see why Canberra is one of the world's top 25 finest student cities if you're a student there.

Australia's education capital

Nearly half of Canberra residents have a Bachelor degree, which is much higher than the national average, and one in every six persons works or studies at a postsecondary institution. The city's economy is knowledge-based, with many citizens working in public and professional services, as well as education and training.


Canberra's collaborative atmosphere is unparalleled, with easy access to government and business leaders in science, research, and education. The Canberra Innovation Network, Renewables Innovation Hub, and Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology have all emerged as a result of the city's reputation as a hub for innovation and company growth.


Young at heart


Celebrated for its centennial in 2013, Canberra stands out as a meticulously planned city, blending pristine nature reserves with a vibrant urban life and districts that harmoniously marry architecture with the natural environment. Despite its relative youth, the city boasts a dynamic calendar of world-class sports, concerts, and festivals, infusing it with the vibrancy and sophistication of larger metropolises but on a more intimate scale.


Canberra's residents revel in the city's abundant outdoor activities, facilitated by its 246 sunny days a year and a landscape that offers a plethora of bushwalking and cycling paths suitable for all skill levels, including scenic routes around Lake Burley Griffin and the National Arboretum. Strategically located, Canberra serves as a portal to the region's diverse landscapes, from unspoiled beaches and snow-capped mountains within a few hours' drive to the proximity of Sydney, enhancing its appeal as a place to live, study, and explore.

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