After extensive searching, Canberra became the site for the newly federated nation of Australia in 1908 by a ballot in Parliament.
Aboriginal people have lived in the Canberra region for at least 21,000 years. The Ngunnawal people and their descendants are the traditional custodians of the region.
Aboriginal people including Ngarigo, Wiradjuri, Wolgalu, Gundungurra, and Yuin met around the Canberra district for ceremony, marriage and trade as well as gathering to collect Bogong moth seasonally.
It is believed the name Canberra derives from the name for 'meeting place' in Ngunnawal language. Many significant sites, artefacts, scar trees and paintings can be found throughout the Canberra plains and nearby Tidbinbilla and Namadgi National Park.
The city was founded in 1913 and the design was determined by an international competition. The winning entry was by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, a young couple from Chicago, USA.
Since 1913 the city has grown around the central design incorporating Lake Burley Griffin girt by national monuments and collection institutions to become the proud home of the Australian story.
Canberra is a fantastic base from which to explore the many treasures of the surrounding New South Wales region. Explore historic townships, natural wonders, extensive and varied wine regions, beautiful coastlines of the South Coast and Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's highest peak in the beautiful Snowy Mountains.
Numerous national parks and nature reserves including Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park make the region ideal for encounters with Australian fauna including marsuipials like kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, wombats, possums and over 250 species of Australian birds.
Plan a drive holiday and make time to linger longer and enjoy all the region surrounding the nation’s capital has to offer.