The territory of Canberra occupies only a very small area compared to other states: 80 km from north to south and 30 km in width. To the south and west, the hills surrounding the plain where the capital is located gradually rise to become steep mountains attached to the Australian Alps. The main river in the territory is the Murrumbidgee River.


The Australian Capital Territory has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are generally hot and dry, with maximum temperatures ranging from 26 to 28 °C. The highest temperature ever reached was 42.2°C in February 1968. In Canberra itself, temperatures in July (in the middle of winter) vary between 0 and 12°C.

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