The Scotsman has a measured view of Canberra in their travel section which our own tourism people would be well advised to read.
Canberra, like Brasilia, or Islamabad, is an artificial city. South of Lake Burley Griffin lie Canberra’s many visitor attractions (galleries, museums, parliament) in what is known as the Parliamentary Triangle. It’s rather like the Bermuda Triangle. I nearly vanished myself. To the north of the man-made lake is Civic with its difficult-to-find restaurants and hard-to-fathom sheep art.
He ends with an equally measured summation:
Canberra – You Might Like It”