Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is Australia’s smallest state (territory, area, whatever) covering an area of just 2,358 km². Even if it were a country in its own right, it would still be a small country. It would be slightly smaller than Luxembourg but twice the size of Hong Kong. It is about 100 times smaller than the UK and if it were an American state, it would be the smallest.
It has a population of around 380,000 people. It is known as “The Nation’s Capital” but it is also known as “The Porn Capital of Australia”. I think this is a reference to the relaxed laws of the territory.
Being so small, there isn’t an abundance of attractions to enjoy. Being land locked, there are no beaches to go to either. So what can you do in ACT? Well, there are quite a few things you can do that you can’t do elsewhere in Australia, thanks to those relaxed laws.
But now I will just suggest taking a bike ride or going for a walk around the man-made lake in the centre of the city.
I thought I would struggle to find anybody famous from Australian Capital Territory, but I hadn’t counted on one great man. The name’s Bond. James Bond! George Lazenby, the second actor to play the part of Bond was born in Queanbeyan in 1939. Bond saves the day again.
Only problem is, Queanbeyan appears to be on the border between ACT and NSW. Which part did George live in? No matter.
There are two problems with my above statement. First, Queanbeyan is not in the ACT, it’s in NSW. Thanks to moom and some others elsewhere on this website who have pointed that out to me. Then Al came along and explained that George Lazenby was actually born in Goulburn, NSW.
So I have had to rethink…..
According to the IMDB, Mia Wasikowska, who played Alice in Alice in Wonderland (the 2010 version with Johnny Depp) was born in Canberra. So, until anyone can come up with somebody more famous, she is our chosen celeb from the ACT.
Places in Australian Capital Territory
Apart from Canberra, the capital, there aren’t any other towns in the ACT with a population of more than 10,000 people.
Very close to it though, but NOT in it is, you guessed it….
- Queanbeyan – approaching 40,000 (As at 2011)
If you live anywhere within the ACT, or even in Queanbeyan, why not tell us about it in the comments below…