Canberra, federal capital of the Commonwealth of Australia. Canberra is one of the cheapest major cities in Australia to live in and is smaller in comparison to other cities such as Sydney, Melbourne. The small-town vibe means it's easy to get around and the locals are happy to share their food, wine, beer, and attractions with the best. You can find museums, galleries, breweries, and futuristic architecture within the city limits, but the peaceful essence of the mountains, valleys, and everything in between lies only minutes away. The two main universities in Canberra are the Australian National University (ANU) in Acton and the University of Canberra.
Canberra has an oceanic climate. The warmest month is January and July is the coldest month. Frost is common in the winter. Thunderstorms occur mostly between October and April, owing to the effect of summer and the mountains. Canberra is less humid than the nearby coastal areas.
Canberra is home to many of the most interesting art in the country, including an invaluable collection of Aboriginal art. There are many national monuments and institutions such as the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia (Australia's pre-eminent public art compiler that holds more than 7,500 Australian, Asian and Aboriginal artworks across 13 separate galleries), the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library, and more. Canberra has many venues for live music and theatre: the Canberra Theatre and Playhouse and Llewellyn Hall. Popular cultural events include the National Folk Festival, the Royal Canberra Show, the Summernats car festival, Enlighten festival, the National Multicultural Festival, and more.
There are numerous bars and nightclubs which also offer live entertainment. Canberra has found its own culinary identity based on an evolving wine region with a cool climate and an explosion of local craft beer. Canberra's dining scene serves up exciting cuisine from coffee through to cocktails.