Capital B for boredom
Canberra Travel Blog› entry 32 of 35 › view all entries
Australia's planned-city capital of Canberra must have looked so good on paper for the government to build a new capital in the early 20th century while fighting two wars. Either that or the well-to-do and power hungry politicians in Sydney couldn't stand the thought of Melbourne being the capital. Well, Canberra was built, and it was built beautifully. The infrastructural planning is obvious, as are the wide open spaces, natural areas of the inner city, and circular interchanges around Parliament House. The CBD is also manageable on foot, as is the ANU campus. The botanical gardens are plentiful with wildlife and diverse vegetation. With so much beauty, you would think Canberra would be a lovely place to live. And it may be...but I found it, as with most everyone else, to be very boring. Shops close early, night time activities are limited (especially if you don't drink), and because of its isolated location, it gets passed over by events, tours, and even franchises that populate the rest of the country's cities. Kangaroos are road hazards coming in and out of the capital territory; it is sad seeing the sheer number of kangaroo road kill alongside the highways.