What’ s Australia’s Capital City?
When I say I’m from Australia, most Japanese people reply with “Oh Sydney!” or “Cairns?” Even when asked “What’s the capital city of Australia?” people respond with “Sydney.”
Well it’s no wonder as Sydney is Australia’s most populated city. 4.4 million people inhabit Sydney. Its harbour is famous for its bridge and Opera House.
However, it only has 400,000 more inhabitants than Melbourne. I’m not sure why Melboune is not as famous as Sydney. After all, Melbourne was Australia’s first capital city. It served as the seat of government from the first parliament in 1901. The first parliament took place at the Royal Exhibition Building pictured below.
It was later moved to the Victorian Parliament Building until 1927.
As a Melburnian, I must say that I am very proud of my city and believe that it should’ve remained Australia’s capital but it didn’t.
Australia’s capital city is Canberra. Located 288km south of Sydney and 647km north of Melbourne; it’s Australia’s eighth largest populated city. You can see an aerial view of Canberra below.
Australia’s current Parliament House is pictured below.