Canberra is the capital city of Australia and is located in the state of New South Wales in the southeastern part of the country. Canberra was selected as the capital city in 1908 and is unique in the fact the city was entirely planned, similar to Washington D.C, and construction of new buildings and massive development commenced in 1913. The city is located 280 kilometres (170 miles) south-west of Sydney and 660 kilometres (410 miles) north-east of Melbourne. Canberra is Australia's largest inland city as well as the eighth largest city in the nation.

The population of Canberra City is slightly under 400,000 people which makes up just 2% of the population of the country. Over 30% of the population of Canberra was born overseas with the most significant numbers of these people coming from the United Kingdom and China as well as significant numbers from India, New Zealand, and the Philippines. The citizens of Canberra are well educated, and only 12.7% of the population is aged over 65 years.

Attractions in the city range from cultural, educational, and political institutions to modern nightlife and shopping, as well as a fantastic food and wine scene. Important sites to check out include the Australian War Museum, Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, and Question, a science museum. Historical sites include Albert Hall, Lanyon Homestead, and Calthorpes' House among others. There are also many parks and walking tracks close to the city such as Lake Burley Griffin and The Mount Ainslie Lookout. Summer months, December-February, are the best time to visit this city.

The environment of Canberra is considered an oceanic climate. During January, the warmest month, the average high is approximately 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit), and in July, the coldest month, the average temperature is 11 degrees Celsius (52 degrees Fahrenheit). Morning frosts are frequent in the winter months, but snowfall is rare in the central business district of the city. Rainfall is spread reasonably evenly over the course of the year, but late spring usually sees the highest incidences of precipitation. Canberra is a lot less humid than other coastal cities of Australia.

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