Canberra is the capital city of Australia. Walter Burley Griffin won an international competition to design Canberra and it is a completely planned city. National institutions, such as Parliament House, the National Gallery, the High Court and The Australian National University are found in Canberra.
ANU is located on the north side of Lake Burley Griffin. From the Mathematical Sciences Institute it is a short walk to the central shopping areas, the main bus interchange, numerous restaurants, and Canberra's major theatres and concert hall. It is also walking distance to the National Botanic Gardens and the National Museum.
The weather in Canberra is generally sunny and pleasant. The average daily temperature range is 0-11 degrees in July and 12-26 degrees in December. Visitors to Canberra during July and August from abroad should remember to bring warm clothes, since it is winter in Canberra during this time.
Getting around Canberra
From the airport
The best way to get to ANU from the airport is by taxi - phone 13 2227 to book. If you are travelling directly to the Mathematical Sciences building (John Dedman building 27), ask to be dropped off at the end of Kingsley Street as many taxi drivers do not know where this building is.
Parking at ANU
There is scarce free parking at ANU. There are 'pay and display' car parks is various locations on campus. Parking inspectors patrol the campus regularly, so be sure to secure an appropriate permit, and don't let your ticket expire.
ANU Safety Bus
ANU has a free Safety Bus which has a route through and around campus and to nearby places.
There is a bus route (number 34) that goes to all Canberra's major attractions, although it runs rather infrequently. The main bus interchange is on East Row, in the city centre.