What happens when two metropolises are both vying to be the capital of Australia? You build a new city from the ground up. Canberra is crawling with politicians and journalists, but you’d be amiss to call it stuffy. From its modernist architecture, museums and design hotels, to the cool-climate wineries and fine-dining that have the gourmands coming in droves, this young city exudes cool.
Visit Parliament House, the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian War Memorial, then once you’ve had your cultural fill, laze by Lake Burley Griffin or get out of the city to explore the mountains and bushland on Canberra’s doorstep. The Ngunnawal people are the traditional custodians of this land.