Canberra was the result of a long-drawn argument between Sydney and Melbourne over which city would become newfound Australia’s shining capital. In the end, when the new century dawned and Australia along with it, a new capital was also decided on. The fully-planned city of Canberra was named so in 1913, making it the only city that was formed after the inception of the country. And since then, Canberra has developed into a microcosm of sorts for Australian culture and its people. ALSO READ: Diving and Dining in South Australia: in Conversation With Chef Kunal Kapoor Also Read - Australia: Coronavirus Cases Rise to 4,800, Death Toll Touches 21

The Shine Dome, the headquarters of the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra; Built in 1959

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Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre, Canberra, Australia

Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre, Canberra, Australia Also Read - On This Day: Australia Crowned Five-Time World Champions

National Museum of Australia, which explores the land, nation and people of Australia, focusing on indigenous histories and cultures, and European settlement

National Museum of Australia - Explores the land, nation and people of Australia, focusing on Indigenous histories and cultures, and European settlement



Hot air balloons are floating over the Lake Burley griffin in Canberra during sunrise

Hot air balloons are floating over the lake burley griffin in Canberra during sunrise

Cityscape of Canberra at twilight

Cityscape of Canberra at twilight

A sculpture commemorating the vital role and contribution of Explosive Detection Dogs and their handlers in war

Canberra, Australia - Jan. 25, 2017 Sculpture commemorating the vital role and contribution of Explosive Detection Dogs and their handlers in war

Blossom of tulips at the Floriade Festival in Canberra

Blossom of tulips at Floriade Festival,Canberra, Australia

Beautiful sunset at Canberra city view from Mount Ainslie Lookout point

Beautiful sunset at Canberra city view from Mount Ainslie Lookout point

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra

Australian War Memorial - Canberra, Australia

The Anzac parade road and street at sunrise in Canberra

ANZAC parade wide road and street with bright illumination by light poles at sunrise in Canberra, Australia capital city

If you want a short version of Australia’s popular offerings, from kangaroos to coffee and wines to wallabies, Canberra is a good place to head to. But its unique beginnings also makes it very different from the two other Australian cities that would probably be in your bucket list too. Melbourne and Sydney are notably older with their own unique souls, but Canberra, derived from the aboriginal word Ngunnawal for ‘meeting’, is striking different with its garden city movement-influenced design. NOW READ: Australia Tourism is wooing Indian tourists with these 4 thrilling events!

The city was designed by American husband-wife architects Burley and Marion Griffin, and it boasts of broad roads, open spaces, buildings that mostly follow the same Arts and Crafts movement-inspired style and a near-consistent look and feel in almost every corner. Recent additions have added some variations, and the famed festival that take place here, like the National Folk Festival and Floriade, contribute significantly to the still-developing soul of this beautiful city.