About the ACT
Australia’s smallest self governing territory, the Australian Capital Territory – known as the ACT - is engulfed within the boarders of New South Wales, rich in history and the beating heart of Australian politics. The capital territory of Australia, the ACT is small but mighty, containing Canberra, the capital city of the nation. Notorious for hot, dry summers and cold winters, the ACT is pretty straightforward when it comes to seasonal change, unlike some other Australian states, allowing you to enjoy balmy evenings at one of the picturesque lookouts or indoor comforts at one of the state’s many fine dining and accommodation establishments.
Unlike other state capitals, Canberra was wholly designed prior to its making, planned and designed by Walter Burley Griffin as an entry in an international competition, the city built specifically with parliament at the centre of its focus. Home to approximately 358,800 people, you will never feel the stress of the city in the ACT, locals tending to exude a laidback, welcoming vibe. For a political hub, the ACT has a vibrantly creative side, largely assisted by Canberra’s reputation as the ‘university city’. Art, history and music come alive with an assortment of museums, performances and galleries around every corner.
With generally flat terrain, the Australian Capital Territory is perfect for leisurely strolling or cycling. Abundant in nature, 53% of the state is preserved as parks and reserves, making for clean, crisp air and pure waters. Meander around Canberra’s city centre and gain an insight into its political startup, incredible Australian history and some of the nation's spectacular architecture.
What to do in the ACT
Here you will the best of what the Australian Capital Territory has on offer, with a list of the top 15 destinations, attractions and activities every visitor should see, do and explore for themselves: