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Estimated population at 2011 357,222
Area. 2 400 Sq. Km (927 Sq. Miles)
35 Km (22 miles)
Australian Capital Canberra
estimated pop of Canberra 351 900
State Emblems Floral. Royal Bluebell
Gang-Gang Cockatoo


The Australian Capital Territory was established in 1911 within the borders of New South Wales as the site for the future national capital, Canberra.

Nearly 300 km from Sydney and 650 km from Melbourne, Canberra is a planned city laid out around an artificial lake.

The territory became self governing in 1989.

The Australian Capital Territory houses Canberra, Australia’s capital, built between Sydney and Melbourne in the early 20th century.

The federal district’s forest, farmland and nature reserves earn Canberra its nickname, the "Bush Capital.”

The city's focal point is Lake Burley Griffin, filled with sailboats and kayaks.

On opposite shores are the grand Australian War Memorial and the massive, strikingly modern Parliament House.

The ACT is bounded by the Goulburn-Cooma railway line in the east, the watershed of Naas Creek in the south, the watershed of the Cotter River in the west, and the watershed of the Molonglo River in the north-east.

The ACT also has a small strip of territory around the southern end of the Beecroft Peninsula, which is the northern headland of Jervis Bay.

Apart from the city of Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory also contains agricultural land (sheep, dairy cattle, vineyards and small amounts of crops) and a large area of national park (Namadgi National Park), much of it mountainous and forested.

Small townships and communities located within the ACT include Williamsdale, Naas, Uriarra, Tharwa and Hall.

Tidbinbilla is a locality to the south-west of Canberra that features the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, operated by the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of its Deep Space Network.

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