90% of people don’t know? 3 Reasons Why Australia’s Capital is misunderstand


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When you hear the name of the capital city of Australia, most people will probably answer Melbourne or Sydney.

However, the capital city is neither of these, but Canberra.

I’m sure there are many people who have never heard of Canberra before after reading this article.

By reading this article, you will find out why the capital can be mistaken!

Because Canberra has three characteristics.

I will introduce these characteristics in relation to the three reasons.

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Contents of this article
  • 3 Reasons Why Australia’s Capital is Mistakenly Identified
  • Canberra, Australia’s capital city, was established in 1913
  • Sydney is the largest city in Australia

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Three Reasons Why Australia’s Capital City Is Mistakenly Identified


When you hear the word “Australia,” most people probably think that Sydney is the capital city.

However, the capital of Australia is Canberra, a city located halfway between Sydney and Melbourne.

I would like to explain why this misunderstanding occurs for three reasons.

1 Low name recognition

Canberra is the capital city of Australia, but it is not a well known city.

Most of the time, when you hear the name of an Australian city, the name doesn’t come up,and even Australians have often never been there.

So, unfortunately, it is not well known both domestically and internationally.

2 Planned city with low appeal

Canberra is different from other Australian cities in that it was planned and built as a city.

Therefore, unlike other cities, the city has been calculated and built.

In other words, it is an artificially created city, and some people find it uninteresting.

The city of Canberra offers a lot of art, including a national library and museums, but there is not much entertainment, so it can be said to be less attractive.

3 Low tourism transmission capacity

Do you know why Sydney and Melbourne are internationally famous in Australia?

It is said that it is because they have a high level of tourism.

Canberra, on the other hand, has a low tourism profile, which means that not many people know about it internationally.

Therefore, I believe that efforts to attract tourism will be necessary.

Canberra, the capital city, was established in 1913.


Canberra was chosen as a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne when Australia was deciding on a capital city.

As such, Canberra is located halfway between Sydney and Melbourne.

If either Sydney or Melbourne had become the capital, Canberra would not have become the capital.

Canberra may have been destined to become the capital of a city chosen by chance.

One of the advantages Canberra has over other cities is its low unemployment rate and high income.

In 2010, the unemployment rate was a low 3.9%, and while the average weekly wage in Australia in 2009 was $1223, Canberra was higher at $1392.

Sydney, Australia’s largest city


Sydney was settled in 1788, and since then, banks, markets, and other facilities have been built and developed.

However, at the time of settlement, the city functioned as a penal colony and most of the people were convicts.

After that, the city continued to develop, with Australia’s first university, the University of Sydney, being founded in 1850.

From the 1970s onward, the city became known worldwide as an international financial center, with its stock exchange and banks.

Starting with the Sydney Olympics held in 2000, Sydney’s name became known throughout the world, and many businesses have expanded.


  • Low name recognition
  • Low attractiveness as a planned city
  • Low ability to transmit tourism

In this article, I’ve explained three reasons why Australia’s capital city gets it wrong!

Australia’s capital city is Canberra, and it is a completely planned city.

Within the city, there are government offices, national libraries and museums.

Unlike other cities, there is not much entertainment, but there is still a lot of nature left in the city.

If you are ever in Australia, why don’t you visit it?

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