Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Moving to Australia – In the Spotlight: Canberra

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This article investigates Canberra as a possible location for you to consider when moving to Australia.

Moving to Australia: About Canberra

Canberra, the capital city of Australia offers everything you’d expect from a capital city however unlike most of Australia’s cities, it is located inland rather than on the coast.  That said Canberra is in easy reach of the bush, the delights of Sydney, south coast beaches and snowfields; something not generally associated with Australia but great for those who love to ski or board.

Canberra was chosen as the capital city of Australia back in 1908 as a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities.  Canberra is known as the ‘bush capital’ due to its significant areas of natural vegetation and its residents are commonly referred to as Canberrans.

Despite being a capital city, Canberra offers a relaxed lifestyle; in fact the very spirit of Canberra is community living.  You can expect a clean and safe place to live with a low crime rate, great schooling and a health service to match. 

The climate in Canberra is less humid than its coastal cousins; it is relatively dry and has a more continental feel.  Summers are warm to hot and winters can be cold.  Fog and frost are not uncommon in winter and although the Central Business District (CBD) tends to escape the snow the surrounding areas do receive a spattering of annual snowfall and the snow capped mountains can often be seen from the city centre.

Moving to Australia: Living in Canberra

The wide range of housing in Canberra makes it possible for you to choose a lifestyle which is suited to you and your circumstances.  Housing ranges from city apartments, large homes and opportunities to purchase sizeable blocks of land.

Canberra is a planned city designed by American Architect, Walter Burley Griffin, and is arranged in a series of town centres which are divided into smaller suburbs.  Some of these town centres include Woden Valley, Tuggeranong, Belconnen and Gugahlin which benefit from individual shopping centres, schools and community facilities and more importantly excellent work opportunities - a great incentive for moving to Australia.

Woden Valley provides a good range of well established new houses and apartments and has an excellent location only a few kilometres south of the city, close to the town centre and Canberra hospital.

Further south is the town of Tuggeranong providing a mix of affordable new and established housing, large blocks of land and plentiful open space making it an ideal location for families.

Northwest of the city is Belconnen which is very much centred around education and sport - the University of Canberra, Canberra’s Institute of Technology, Australian Institute of Sport and Canberra Stadium are all located here.  Belconnen also offers fabulous shopping and fresh food markets.

Canberra’s newest town is Gungahlin which is popular with first time home buyers and young families due to the range of housing and the fact that it is within 20 minutes drive of the city centre.  In addition to some established homes and townhouses, Gugahlin provides the opportunity to purchase land and house/land purchases.

The careful planning of Canberra means that each of its town centres is linked by some of the best roads Australia has to offer and probably explains why the most popular form of transport in this city is the car.  For those that don’t drive, there is a bus service, ACTION, which runs throughout the city and trains which connect Canberra with other cities including Sydney.  Canberra’s hundreds of kilometres of bike paths are a popular alternative to driving and allow you to take advantage of the fabulous air and spectacular scenery.  ACTION’s bus service also provides a ‘bike and ride’ service.

Property prices in Canberra are relatively high but cheaper than the likes of Sydney. This attracts a young population with an average age of mid thirties.  Renting however is renowned for being extremely pricey due to the shortage of land, but this is offset by the excellent salaries on offer.

Moving to Australia: Working in Canberra

There are lots of opportunities for skilled workers in Canberra and you will additionally be rewarded with the highest levels of pay for full time positions anywhere in Australia.  The city of Canberra also enjoys consistently low levels of unemployment and relatively short commuting times - you can get almost anywhere in the city in around 25 minutes.

This is a well educated city with around 30% of Canberrans holding the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree which far exceeds the national average of 19%.

Canberra is home to Parliament House, the High Court and numerous other government departments and agencies meaning that a high proportion of public servants are employed in the city.  The Federal Government continues to be the largest single employer in Canberra.

Although a major employer in the public sector, over half of Canberra’s workforce is employed by some 250,000 private sector businesses which range from small to large multi-nationals organisations.

Moving to Australia: Leisure in Canberra

Canberra offers great nightlife, fantastic shopping and a cosmopolitan café/restaurant culture which is perhaps another reason this city attracts such a young population.

Canberra’s recently renovated shopping precinct offers a buzzing and vibrant atmosphere with a range of large department stores, trendy boutiques and more specialist stores - so you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for here!  Not forgetting that each of the surrounding town centres provide alternative shopping, fresh food markets and entertainment adding to that Canberran community feel.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for eateries too; Canberra has cafés, pubs, bars and clubs in abundance as well as award winning restaurants offering fine dining experiences.  Particularly popular cosmopolitan suburbs are Kingston and Manuka which provide a wealth of cafés, fabulous restaurants, bars as well as trendy boutique shopping.  These suburbs are extremely lively at the weekends offering a great place to meet up with friends.
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