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Canberra is very different to most cities, given that it is very new (started in 1920s), carefully planned, clean and well-resourced.  Australians like to say that it is a city with no soul, but it is very liveable if you have a car.  It is also regarded as a great place to have a young family, given the excellent facilities.
by canberra boy (canberraboy1 at gmail dot com) on Mon Mar 19th, 2007 at 03:34:31 PM EST
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We spent about 3 weeks in Canberra in 2001 or 2002 and about a week in Sydney.  We travelled by train between Sydney and Canberra and then rented a car in Canberra and drove around a bit (to beautiful Kangaroo Valley, etc).  I think the thing we appreciated more than any other (except for the friendliness of everyone we met) was the absence of crowding.  More than three cars together in Canberra would be considered a minor traffic jam, and the roads between towns were truely open and scenic.  More than one person outside of Sydney told us that Sydney was too crowded for their liking.  While the city and harbour are spectacular, and certainly not crowded by US or European standards, we had to agree that we preferred the small town/city atmosphere of Canberra also.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Wed Mar 21st, 2007 at 10:27:40 PM EST
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