Australian Capital Territory is the area that bounds Australia's capital city Canberra.
A view from the air looking south west across Black Mountain to Namadgi and distant peaks of the Australian Capital Territory in Australia

The territory of Australia's capital city

In 1908, the Federal Parliament designated land known as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to be the administrative territory for the national capital and annexed further land at Jervis Bay on the New South Wales South Coast as an allied seaport.

The landscape of the ACT falls into a temperate zone climatically and is characterised by fertile farm and grazing lands. Geographically, the region is surrounded by the Great Dividing Range to the east and the foot of the Australian Alps to the west. The Territory has an abundance of nature with over half of the total area preserved as parks and nature reserves.

ACT has four distinct seasons with warm summers and cool winters. Our clean air is purified by passing over the Australian Alps and our water comes from pure, pristine catchments fed by pure rain and snowmelt.

Canberra, the urban centre of the ACT, is a thriving modern city of around 390,000 people. *

Discover Australian flora and fauna

Just 45 minutes drive from the city is Tidbinbilla nature reserve offering walking trails, ranger-guided activities, Australian animals in their natural habitat, a chance to see conservation work with programs to restore threatened species including the brush tailed rock wallaby and corroboree frog, delightful wildflowers during spring and rich Indigenous and pioneer heritage.

Explore the purity of Namadgi National Park, a 45 minute drive from the city. Situated at the northern end of the Australian Alps, this park is perfect for a picnic or bushwalk along the numerous marked trails, to experience native flora and fauna and enjoy spectacular wildflowers in spring.

A rich Aboriginal heritage and history

There is evidence over 20,000 years of human occupation in the nearby mountains, meaning visitors have been travelling here for longer than the Great Pyramids have existed! The Indigenous rock art and Aboriginal shelters are easily accessible at Tidbinbilla.

Camping is possible in pleasant bushland settings with fishing, mountain biking and horse riding permitted in designated areas.

See for yourself the great things that come with the territory.

* Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics  - Australian Demographic Statistics