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LOVE THIS LIST: OUR CAPITAL IS NOW OH SO COOL

Everyone, except the locals was surprised when Canberra, City of Round-abouts, was named as one of the top cities in the world to visit in 2018.

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What it shows:
Yes, that’s right; Canberra is ranked the third-best city in the world to visit in 2018 – and the only Australian city in the top 10. Canberra has come a long way since being the capital of roundabouts and public servants.
 

What’s to love:
The recognition of Canberra’s transformation. The average age of a Canberran is 35 and 38 per cent aren’t married. They earn a median weekly income of $998 compared to the national average of $662. And living in Canberra is cheaper (median house price is $705,000) compared to Sydney at $1.15 million and Melbourne ($845,000). Average commute times are 10 minutes less, which gives you an extra 86 hours a year to spend at its galleries and museums. Next year, the city will become more connected than ever with the completion of a $939 million light rail system. This will make it even easier for visitors to enjoy trendy new precincts in New Acton, Braddon, Kingston Foreshore and the West Basin, which have revitalised the city with modern restaurants, bars and hotels.
 

Who cares?
Foodies for one. Want a coffee from Sasa Sestic, the world champion barista? Or a fancy a drink from Bar Rochford, Gourmet Traveller’s bar of the year? How about some bao from Akiba, voted Australia’s favourite restaurant? And don’t miss a visit to Patissez for FreakShakes™, an indulgent experience so famous it needs a trademark.

Canberra is the place where Australia’s national political decisions are made, but you’ll also find thriving industries in defence, cyber security, higher education, renewable energy, health science, and more.

So what?
So just go.
 

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Canberra, Australia
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Antwerp, Belgium
Matera, Italy
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities 2018

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