International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987

Culture Corner

What's Canberra like?

Canberra is the capital city of Australia and is also the home to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), a world class sporting facility where national and international athletes train. Canberra is a cosmopolitan city with national museums, tourist attractions, historical sites and many natural wonders. You can visit the posh hotels and restaurants, or you tramp in the bushland surrounding the city. Whatever you want to do, you'll find it in abundance in Canberra.

Australian Sporting Industry video

Region and Population

With a population of 381,488, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 170 mi south-west of Sydney, and 410 mi north-east of Melbourne. With its unique de-centralized design, the city never feels crowded.


Canberra has a relatively dry continental climate with warm to hot, dry summers and cool to cold winters, with heavy fog and frequent frosts. Average temperatures range from a high 54 °F in winter to 80 °F in summer.
Avg. Rainfall2.32.221.991.811.741.51.631.812.042.452.532.11

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