Canberra, the national capital and the only Australian city absolutely custom-built for a purpose, offers a stark contrast to the other attractions. For many people, Australia is all about blue ocean waters and sandy beaches, the thousand colored Reef, the rainforests bordering the reef, and the dry and dusty but adventurous outback. Canberra, on the other hand, is a man-made natural retreat spread with lush gardens; yet, alongside the golden fall and the sprightly spring lives a vibrant city with a wonderful people. There might not be any surfing or sea-diving in Canberra, but the relaxed life and the endearing sights and sounds would pull at the heart strings of the tourists long after they are gone.
Situated inland, Canberra has a continental climate with climatic extremes, January being the hottest and July being the coldest, with occasional thundershowers between October and March. You should pack your bags according to the season. While it is advisable to avoid the extreme months, Canberra can be enjoyed in all seasons, and all weathers. Planned around two perpendicular axes – one water and the other land – it is between 550m to 700 m above sea level. The Molonglo River flows through Canberra which has been dammed to form an artificial lake called Lake Burley Griffin, named after the American architect of the city.
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