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Edged by mountain ranges, Canberra is a planned city built on a vast limestone. Canberra is Australia’s national capital – seat of the Federal parliament and home to many institutions and national monuments. Four distinct seasons add to its charm and visitors quickly discover that it really is Australia’s ‘hidden gem'. The surrounding countryside contains historic and picturesque rural villages and a burgeoning cool-climate wine industry.


Population 350,000
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD) $1 = 100 cents
Opening hours Many shops are open seven days a week (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) from 9am and 5.30pm although hours vary. On Friday nights shops are open until 9pm.
Newspapers Daily Telegraph
Sydney Morning Herald
The Australian
Canberra Times
Emergency numbers Dial 'Triple Zero' for Ambulance, Police or Fire: 000
Tourist information Canberra and Region Visitor Centre
330 Northbourne Ave, Dickson
Opening hours: 9am-5pm weekdays, 9am-4pm weekends
+61 2 1300 554 114