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Canberra, Australia

Get the Runaround in Canberra


Canberra viewed from a hot air balloon

Take to the air for a bird's-eye view of Canberra and Australia's Parliament House

© Australian Tourist Commission 1997

  • Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory is a compact, well-planned city and the nation's capital. While surrounded by areas of the state of New South Wales, it is not part of that state. The site was selected in 1908 and the name Canberra was officially given to the national capital on March 12, 1913.

You can quite easily — literally — get the runaround when you go sightseeing in Canberra, Australia.

I wouldn’t know why you would but you could, if you wanted to, go in circles forever in Australia's capital city, Canberra.

The fact of the matter is: a large number of Canberra streets actually go round in circles, with only a few straight spokes running through them.

The heart of the city

If driving from Sydney, you'd leave the Hume Highway after Goulburn and take the Federal Highway into Canberra.

Into Australia's capital city, the Federal Highway turns into Northbourne Ave and you can take this route all the way to the nation's Parliament House building.

Northbourne Ave is Canberra's north-south roadway spoke, cutting through London Circuit, then Vernon Circle in the heart of the city.

It then becomes Commonwealth Ave before it crosses the bridge over Lake Burley Griffin.

There are a few intersecting arcs before you hit State Circle and Capital Circle, where Parliament House stands on Capital Hill.

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