Canberra’s design was heavily influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned the city the name “Bush Capital”.
People come from all over Australia to live and work in the nation's capital, as it has excellent facilities and services. It is also centrally located: an easy three-hour drive south of Sydney and a 50-minute flight to Melbourne. Beaches and the snow fields are both a two-hour drive away. Canberra has an excellent system of arterial roads which rarely experience the congestion found in other cities. Alternative forms of transport are easily accessible and include a bus network, taxis and a comprehensive array of bicycle paths.
Canberra has four distinct seasons. Summer is generally warm to hot with low humidity (13 – 28 degrees Celsius), winter is cool and sunny (0 – 11 degrees Celsius), and spring and autumn are mostly mild (7-20 degrees Celsius).
The city is surrounded by the Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to the west and cool climate wineries to the north. Although Canberra is best known as the seat of national government and politics, there is a lot more to this city.
Canberra has a range of impressive venues for live music and theatre, sporting teams that compete in national competitions, two of the largest being the Canberra Raiders (NRL) and the Brumbies (Rugby Union). Canberra also has national basketball, field hockey, cricket and ice hockey teams.
In addition, Canberra has a large number of public ovals, tennis courts and swimming pools. Water sports including sailing and rowing are popular on a number of beautiful lakes located throughout Canberra and the region.
Some of the most popular areas for entertainment are the City Centre (Civic), Kingston and Manuka, where there are a large number of restaurants, cinemas and indoor and outdoor shopping areas.