There are many hospitals in and around the Canberra area including Calvary Bruce Private Hospital, Calvary John James Hospital, Canberra Private and National Capital Private Hospital to name a few. If you need to send flowers to a loved one recovering from an illness, or you want to welcome a baby into the world, your local florist can help. Ordering flowers is fast and easy, from a simple bouquet to a large display, if you want to say I love you or I care, get well or thinking of you - flowers say it best.

Facts About Canberra

Canberra is the capital city of Australia and is not only the largest inland city it is the eight largest city in Australia. Canberra is situated 280KM south west of Sydney in the northern end of the Australian Capital territory and is 660KM north east of Melbourne. People who live in Canberra are called *Canberran's*

Canberra's History

In 1908 the site of Canberra was selected as the area for the national capital as a compromise between rivals Melbourne and Sydney. In Australia it is unusual to build an entirely planned city outside of any set state - as you see with Washington D.C. in the United States. An international contest was held to design the city and architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin from the United States were selected. In 1913 construction began. The Griffins planned a city featuring geometric shapes - triangles, hexagons and circles and was centred on axes aligned with significant landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory.

The city was designed in such a way as to incorporate significant areas of vegetation. It is for this reason Canberra has gained the name the *Bush Capital*. Unfortunately, the development and growth of Canberra was hindered by both the Great depression and the World wars. The city emerged as a thriving capital after World War Two due to then Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies encouraging its development.

Canberra's Government

Canberra is home to the seat of government - Parliament House and is the official residence of the Queens representative the Governor General, it is also home to the High Court and many other government agencies and departments. Canberra is also the location for many other social and cultural institutions such as the Australian National University, National Gallery, Royal Military College Duntroon, Australian War Memorial, Royal Australian Mint and The Australian Institute of Sport.The city has a large proportion of public servants with the Commonwealth Government being the largest single employer in Canberra.

Things to See and Do in Canberra

Lake Burley Griffin is the site of the National Carillion and the Captain James Cook memorial. Other sites in and around Canberra include Black Mountain, the National Zoo and Aquarium, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre and the National Dinosaur Museum. There are a few historic homes open to the public - Mugga-Mugga in Symonston, Blundell's Cottage in Parkes and Lanyon and Tuggeranong Homesteads in The Tuggeranong Valley all display the lifestyle of early settlers.