When most students think of studying abroad in Australia, their first thought is typically to study in Sydney or maybe Melbourne. Both cities have a lot to offer, but the capital city of Australia, Canberra, is often overlooked as a study abroad destination. What many students don’t realize is that they’re overlooking one of the best regions in Australia.

Canberra is a great middleground – it has all the amenities of a much larger city (it is the capital city after all), but is it safer, cleaner, and friendlier. It is also one of the world’s few planned cities. In 1901, after years of meticulous negotiating and deals, the six Australian colonies formed a federation called the Commonwealth of Australia. Once the federation was created, they needed to create a capital city. In 1913 construction began on the capital city of Canberra.

The city's design was influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title of the "bush capital". Wildlife can be found roaming the streets (just imagine having a kangaroo in your backyard!). Canberra is also surrounded by national parks, which means there are plenty of opportunities for nature and adventure activities.