Initially, Brazilian-born Julia Wyse moved to Canberra to fulfil her visa requirements. Now she doesn’t want to live anywhere else.
After living in Melbourne for six years, Julia Wyse moved to Canberra two months ago. “I love it here. Melbourne feels like it could be anywhere in the world. There, kangaroos were a pretty rare sight. But here I see them everywhere. I was driving past a big mob of these creatures the other day when it dawned on me: NOW I’m in Australia. Even the paler grey-green colour palette of our region’s landscape is more Australian.”
What are the five things you love most about Canberra?
1. The fact that it’s sunny most days. I was dreading Canberra’s infamous winters, but I went for a stroll around the lake the other day and even though it was zero degrees, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day.
2. The community-feel. Having lived in massive cities all my life, it’s wonderful to live in a place that has everything the big cities offer, but that’s small enough for people to really care and look out for one another.
3. There’s nature in abundance! If the glass and concrete gets too much, you just cross the pedestrian bridge and go for walk around the lake or take a ten minute drive to a reserve.
4. It’s great to live in a quiet suburb that’s just 15 minutes away from the city. And you have gardens! The first time I invited friends over for lunch, they laughed at me because I used dried rosemary in the food and there was a fresh rosemary plant in the garden.
5. The cycling! With the amazing network of bike-paths, you can literally get anywhere on a bike. For me it’s not just a great way to stay fit, but it’s my means of transportation in the summer and to explore nature on winter weekends.