Living in Canberra

Whether your interests lie in arts, culture, history, politics, food or the great outdoors, Canberra has something for everyone.

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One of the great advantages of studying in Canberra is having access to some of the world’s best libraries and archives. These include the National Library of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, the archives of the Australian War Memorial, and the Australian National University Library. Museum-lovers can also get their fill at the National Museum of Australia, Questacon (the National Science and Technology Centre) and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Canberra also has a vibrant cultural life, with a variety of art, music and theatre institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the Canberra Theatre and Llewellyn Hall.

Annual festivals include Enlighten, the National Multicultural Festival, the National Folk Festival and Floriade, all of which attract a large number of interstate and international visitors.

Known as the Bush Capital, Canberra’s natural environment is second to none. Whether it’s kayaking, rowing or sailing on Lake Burley Griffin or bushwalking in nearby Namadgi or Tidbinbilla National Parks, Canberra has a wide range of outdoor activities on its doorstep. The city is also only 2 hours’ drive from the Snowy Mountains or Bateman’s Bay on the NSW South Coast, if you prefer skiing or surfing.