Top 10 reasons to move to Canberra: A vibrant city with endless opportunities

If you've ever thought about moving to Canberra, here's why you won't regret your decision.

Canberra may not be the first city you'd think to move to, but we'll forgive the oversight. The ACT is small, but it has plenty to offer regarding your quality of life, social experiences and employment. 

  1. Easy commute
    How much easier is it to get around a planned city? If you're from Sydney or Melbourne, you might not know. A well-planned city makes for an easy commute to anywhere. In Canberra, the average commute is 25 minutes. Which means more time doing what you love and less time waiting for the train to arrive. 

  2. Food and wine
    Canberra has a surprisingly large array of restaurants, wine bars, and vineyards. With a focus on farm-to-fork, you're guaranteed to find delectable meals that pair so nicely with a local wine or a mocktail of your choice that you'll just have to move here.

  3. Activities in nature
    Finding the best hiking trails, bike paths, or organised sports teams will take little time. Canberra is surrounded by options so plentiful that it'll take you months to cover all of the activities it offers. Spend your weekends outside hiking with friends, walking to clear your mind or making new friends at whatever sport you choose to join.
  4. Expansive culture
    With 26% of people in Canberra being from overseas, the city loves to celebrate and honour the multicultural range. The cultures are honoured through art and celebrations. You can choose between 12 different art galleries around the city and visit the rotating exhibitions that come through. It's also home to the Multicultural Festival, and this year, they're celebrating 25 years of the festival. Between the entertainers, singers and comedians, there's going to be something for everyone. 

  5. Between major cities
    What's better than being between the beaches of Sydney and the snow in Victoria? Not much, as far as we're concerned. By living in Canberra, you'll have the ability to access some of the country's best beaches in the summer and have a cosy weekend away in the snowfields of Victoria. You truly can have your cake and eat it, too. 

  6. One of the most liveable cities in the world 
    Canberra was voted one of the most liveable cities in the world (City of Canberra), and we don't take that lightly. Between a lower cost of living and a higher quality of life, what more could you ask for?

  7. Low crime rates
    You want to avoid feeling unsafe in your community. With one of the highest average incomes and lowest employment rates, crime rates stay low in Canberra. (City of Canberra)

  8. Small-town energy, big-city amenities
    Canberra is undoubtedly smaller than Sydney and Melbourne, but it still has everything you need. You'll get the small-town energy with welcoming coworkers and neighbours while not missing out on the amenities like gyms, shopping centres and sporting events. 

  9. The people – welcoming, share similar hobbies, etc.
    There's no better feeling than having a solid community. In Canberra, you're welcomed with open arms, people are always happy to include you, and it's easy to make new friends quickly. The Canberra culture values outdoor activities, so you're guaranteed to meet people who are like-minded and share similar hobbies.
Work Cited
City of Canberra. “Cost of Living.” Canberra, Accessed 16 December 2022.

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