Moving to Canberra: an insider’s guide

Posted 19 Jul 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

With a title like ‘world’s most liveable city’, it’s easy to see why so many people are making the move to Canberra.

Is it the lure of a great career opportunity combined with Canberra’s enviable lifestyle? Maybe you want to live closer to work and enjoy a fast, stress-free commute? Or perhaps it’s time to live in a city that connects you with nature everywhere you go?

Whatever the reason you’re making the move to Canberra, this insider’s guide gives you everything you need to know to make an easy transition.

First things first – location, location, location!

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Canberra is a melting pot of all sorts of people. So where should you live?  Thanks to Canberra’s diversity and city design, there’s a place (and suburb!) that will suit everyone.

Canberra is divided into regions, from the trendy inner north and inner south areas to the new and shiny centres of Molonglo Valley and Gungahlin.

The allhomes website is a great resource to figure out what area and suburb is right for you. Check out their Essential guide to Canberra’s regions (and who lives there).

The  Canberra: Create your future website is another great resource to help you find your new hood. It also has plenty of information on education and childcare options, medical and health services, community services, transport in Canberra, as well as a handy Arrival Checklist.

Finding the perfect job


Canberra’s employment market is unique with many exciting opportunities to help grow your career.

With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, there’s never a shortage of jobs available within the various key industries.

Jobseeker websites such as SEEK advertise all types of jobs in various industries. For public sector positions, APS Jobs provide a database of current vacancies in various job categories across all APS levels.

Or if an entrepreneurial venture is in your sights, Canberra also has a thriving and active innovation industry. Anyone looking to get a start-up off the ground should check out CBRIN.

Out and about in your new city

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From free museums and galleries to hip cafes and bars and sporting events, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Canberra. will keep you up to date with the biggest and best events around the capital, along with Visit Canberra which is a great place to find activities to fill your weekend.

OutInCanberra’s ‘The Guide’ is the ultimate Canberra food and drink directory and will help you discover the latest cafes and restaurants for your next Sunday brunch.

For all things lifestyle in the capital, HerCanberra is the go-to blog written by locals, while the Riot ACT will keep you up to date with all of the capital’s latest news. Or, pick up a copy of the capital’s most-read magazine, the Canberra Weekly from one of over 850 outlets across the Canberra region. And if you’re looking to make some friends, Canberra has various meetup groups that are open to anyone and cater to virtually all hobbies and interests.

Be social and get active

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It’s easy to be active in a city that is 70% open space! Sports and fitness activities are great ways to meet new people and there are clubs in Canberra for virtually every sport you can think of – from the very popular (tennis, soccer, netball, football, swimming, cricket, hockey etc) to the more niche (like horse riding, table tennis, beach volleyball, water polo, ice skating) and many more.

Canberra’s sporting clubs welcome everyone, from beginners to the experienced. If you’ve ever thought of trying a new sport, now’s the time to give it a go. The My Community Directory website has a comprehensive listing of social clubs and teams in many sports in Canberra.

The capital is also a very cycle friendly city and has a large cycle community. Cycling ACT is the one-stop-online-shop for the Canberra cycling community and has information on local clubs to join and upcoming events.

What are you waiting for? The CBR lifestyle is ready for you.

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