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Seniors Visit Canberra

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Some of us seniors thought that either Sydney or Melbourne was the capital city of Australia. Well… It’s Canberra. With a population of 380,000+, it is Australia’s largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall.

Canberra is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory, 170 miles southwest of Sydney. Folks who call Canberra home are known as a “Canberran”. As the Australian capital, it is home to embassies and the Australian Federal Parliament.

Seniors Visit Planned City

The site of Canberra, midway between Melbourne and Sydney, was selected for the location of the nation’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities. It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely planned city similar to the American Federal District of Columbia.

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All the areas of natural vegetation in town have earned Canberra the title “bush capital” and for those of us who love open green spaces, that’s almost perfect. The surrounding bushland, as it is called, and the original bushland from which Canberra was built is a mixture of eucalyptus savanna, open grassland, scrub land, swamp, and dry eucalyptus forests.

Senior travelers will discover that Canberra lies on a plain at the foot of 6,200-foot spurs of the Australian Alps, enjoying warm summers, cool winters and receiving considerably less rainfall than the surrounding highlands.

Historically, a small squatters’ settlement of stockmen, called Canberry or Canbury (a derivation of an Aboriginal term, “meeting place”), was made there as early as 1824. By 1836 the name had evolved to Canberra.

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European exploration and settlement started in the Canberra area as early as the 1820s. Lonely Planet notes that the city was designed by visionary American architect Walter Burley Griffin.

Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring and full of flowers. This iconic Canberra event, which is now in its 26th year, runs for 30 days over the months of September and October.

 Seniors Experience Australian Culture and History

A lake was formed in the center of the city and it is named after the designer of the city. Highlights include the National Museum of Australia, Parliament House, Ainslie, National Gallery and Australian War Memorial.

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Canberra is a great place to visit with excellent golf courses for senior golfers and nearby towns like Goulburn, are full of early history. The surrounding regions are mostly fertile grazing land growing some of the quality wool, beef and lamb that Australia is famous for.

Discover for yourself that Canberra is not just a beautifully designed city, but where senior visitors will experience Australian identity, culture, history, indigenous heritage, politics, art, sport, flora and fauna. It is said that Canberra is one of the most underrated places to visit in all of Australia.

The city has a lively nightlife due to the many young people who call it home. There are more cafes and restaurants per person than anywhere in Australia. Senior travelers, take in Canberra for yourself.  jeb


  1. Major thanks for the post.So good post,we have learned more on it.Thanks!

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