So, this is a good trivia question because apparently a lot of people don’t know this. What is the capital of Australia? It’s certainly not Sydney and it’s not Melbourne. And no, it’s not Kangaroo Island.
Admittedly, when I first stepped into Canberra, I was a little underwhelmed. It’s called “the bush capital” for a reason. There are still a lot of wooded areas, the population is about 350,000, and – as with most other Australian cities – everything pretty much closes at 5 pm.
But after spending three days in the city, I came to appreciate the natural landscape and the great museums Canberra has to offer. One of my favorite buildings is the New Parliament House. It was opened in 1988 and designed by the New York architectural company of Mitchell/Giurgola. I love that the architect, Romaldo Giurgola, consciously thought about not only the design but also the placement of the building. Giurgola noted,
We felt if Australia’s new Parliament House was to speak honestly about its purpose, it could not be built on top of the hill as this would symbolise government imposed upon the people.
For more information about the Parliament House, go to http://www.aph.gov.au/Visit_Parliament/About_the_Building/History_of_Parliament_House