Cities of Australia factsCities quiz
What was the reason to build Canberra for Australian capital, rather than selecting one of the existing large cities?
Dispute between Sydney and Melbourne. Debates over Federation in the late 19th century were dominated by a long dispute over whether Sydney or Melbourne should be the national capital. A compromise was reached: the new capital would be built in New South Wales, at least 100 miles (160 km) from Sydney.
Where is Sydney?
At point 3. Sydney is both the oldest (the site of the first British colony in Australia) and the largest (4.6 million people) city in Australia.