Search this site:             

Why did Canberra become the capital of Australia?

by Kohei Watanabe

Where is the capital of Australia? Someone may answer the question Sydney or Melbourne. But it is wrong. The capital of Australia is Canberra.

Canberra is far from a huge city like Sydney or Melbourne. Generally, the biggest city becomes the capital of a country. Why did Canberra become the capital of Australia, not other big cities?

Australia was a colony of UK. As with many countries that had been the colony of UK, Australia was separated in many states. So many cities wanted to become the capital. Especially, a competition between Sydney and Melbourne was heated.

Accordingly, Australians made Canberra the capital of their country, because Canberra was situated at the middle point between Sydney and Melbourne.

In Australia, the center of politics is Canberra, but the center of economics is Sydney because Sydney has a larger population then Canberra. There is a bipolarization.

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Japanese University Students Think About Australia.

Summer 1974 hitchhiking trip ebook cover
Now available for only $0.99 from Amazon

Tokyo Weather/Sky
Click for Tokyo, Japan Forecast
Click for Tokyo, Japan Forecast

Let's connect!!

Gary J. Wolff

View Gary J. Wolff's profile on LinkedIn

My pics:

My videos: YouTube logo