Friday, May 15, 2015

Day 2046 - Canberra

Some interesting facts about Canberra

Screen shot of the Visit Canberra website
Yesterday as I battled the cold (and what it is doing to my aging fibromyalgia body) I began to wonder why the hell I decided to live in Canberra.  I mean seriously, is my love of being able to wear jackets, jeans and Ugg boots really worth dealing with the cold temps?



Then I sat down and took a long hard look at myself.  There was a reason I chose Canberra.The bottom line is that I actually like it.

But why?

My first thoughts were four seasons, clean air, good quality water and great schools.

As I pondered further I thought about good roads, great resources, fresh food, beautiful surroundings and nice people.

Then I remembered it really was a central location with easy access to Sydney, the country, the coast and the snow.

I realised that in my sad-sacky-get-me-out-of-here state I'd been looking at Canberra with old eyes and needed to observe the place from a visitors point of view.  If I was just now starting out in the world, would I choose Canberra as a place to live?

As luck would have it, Tahlia had a school careers night last night.   She's currently in year 10 and having to choose what she's going to do in year 11 and 12 to help set her up for the real world.

So we were wandering around collecting booklets on universities and other paths of further education.  The Canberra based uni's were selling their wears.

I opened up the University of Canberra guide and found a page titled "Fascinating Facts about Canberra". (Original source www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/living )

So here are eight fascinating facts about our nation's capital:


  1. Canberra has the lowest crime rate and the highest concentration of police in Australia.
  2. Canberra has more hours of sunshine per day than Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
  3. Canberra has the lowest commuting times of all Australia's major cities.
  4. Canberra residents have the highest weekly income in Australia.
  5. Canberra has the most extensive cycling network per capita of any Australian city.
  6. People from the ACT live longer than other Australians.
  7. Canberra is a youthful city with an average age of 34.
  8. Canberra's schools perform better than any other schools in Australia.
As I sit here contemplating my naval through my fluffy dressing gown and flannie PJs it does me well to remember that just because it gets bloody cold for a few months a year, doesn't mean it ain't a great place to live.

Sometimes we've just got to view the world with brand new inquisitive eyes.  

And those inquisitive eyes have decided that Canberra ain't too bad!  The ability to wear Ugg boots is a definite bonus.

Do you like where you live?

What interesting facts do you know about your town? 

If you could start again, would you still live there?



Disclaimer: It doesn't mean I plan to stay here forever though. Those warmer temps are definitely still calling my name ... 












24 comments :

  1. That list is so interesting and makes me want to move to Canberra. I love where we live in Brisbane though. Where we live is close to beaches, city and country. Ive never lived out of Brisbane to know what it's like to live elsewhere.

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    1. Brisbane does seem like an awesome place to live. After spending time on South Bank last year I can definitely see the appeal. I may end up there yet!

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  2. I love where we live - I never want to leave our house/street/suburb....but I do like to go exploring other places...

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    1. Great to explore ... good to come home. Best of both worlds

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  3. I would say you've got it great there. Naturally, I think most Capital cities have the best of everything - all to impress the important overseas visitors. Washington DC is just like this. Impressive. I shall visit there (Canberra) one day and I am looking forward to it. (Washington is fab too!)

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    1. yes, I like DC. Got very drunk there though. Bad hangover ...

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  4. Most days I like it.. but there are those days I don't. The stress, the lack of natural spaces, the high-paced life.. it gets to you sometimes. I try to balance that out with traveling and exploring Singapore more, to find little, forgotten gems in our city to make life here more enjoyable.

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. Singapore sound divine! I haven't been ... yet

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  5. I love living in Melbourne. I don't love the cold...but that is just one aspect of it, and more than made up for by so many other great things. I love seeing other places, but I try never to take Melbourne for granted - what is it about where we live that is unique and special and that visitors would appreciate?

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    1. Agree. Sometimes we've just got to look at it from a newbies point of view to feel that attraction and appreciation all over again. I love your city too ... I've really only explored it in more recent years. It's a very nice city ...

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  6. Do you know in all my 22 moves, I've never actually had any choice in the matter. I've had a say to a point but it's all been down to circumstance. Initially with my father's work and then with my hubby. I do love Perth but man it's super expensive. We almost moved to Canberra with hubby's work but it fell through at the last minute. It was one move, I was actually looking forward to.

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    1. I would love to go to Perth. Never been but a place I definitely want to visit, Just so damn expensive to get there! Some overseas trips are actually cheaper ...

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  7. I've only been to Canberra once but I really, really, really liked it!! I loved how orderly it is. It is designed so beautifully! I love the trees and parklands and that beautiful big lake. I love the war memorial and how you look down to parliament house. Despite what I had heard contrary to my visit (lots of bagging of Canberra) - I loved it! We stayed with some family while we were there and then we went and stayed at Jindabyne and did a day trip up to thredbo where we had a ball tobogganing. You're right - it is so close to the snow and close to Sydney. As to whether I like where we live. I don't want to seem ungrateful. We have beautiful blue skies and mostly great weather, but I struggle with the heat we have here in Brisbane. I enjoyed the cooler weather on my recent trip to Tasmania! I also would like to leave suburbia and live a little more rurally. :-)

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    1. Yeah, Canberra gets a bad rap, But it really is a great place to stay. But here I am complaining about the cold and you're up there complaining about the heat. Swap?

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  8. Melbourne and yes...some days the cold weather gets to me but then I sit with uggies and a glass of red and I no longer care ... Love my footy too

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    1. Uggies are the best ... not sure about the footy though ...

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  9. I know Canberra also has more public holidays than us NSWers, as many come down here to the beach and make us feel ripped off! It certainly does sound like living in the ACT is a good move!
    I do love where I live, it's small, close to the beach and absolutely beautiful. Although, sometimes I feel like I want to be somewhere with more options

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    1. Where are you Becky? I am probably one of those ACT peeps that bombards your beaches. We are always at the Bay every chance we get ... beautiful part of the world.

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  10. I have never been to Canberra but would love to visit one day. I'm from Melbourne, and while we have often contemplated a move to Queensland (usually after returning from a holiday to the sunny state), I love where I live and enjoy experiencing four seasons every year ... although the freezing temperatures of do have me questioning that on the morning school run

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  11. Hi Leanne, I love Canberra. Visited it from my early years until last year most years! Yep, I am a Canberra-lover. It is OUR city. That of the Australian people and I think everyone should visit at least once. I "could" live there but we have recently made our so-called sea change and as my hub cannot bear the cold, it looks like we will be temperate climate-bound for our next permanent move. I was one of the Human Brochure people in 2013 too. Denyse x

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    1. That's so cool Denyse!! I'd love to meet you for a cuppa on one of your next visits :)

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  12. I'm a Canberra girl and am so so proud of being raised there! I sleep so well in the winters and everywhere is so easy to get to. I'm secretly trying to get our family to move there. I just need to convince Mr Surfer he can live somewhere landlocked. Working on it! :)

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    1. Well, it is only about 90 minute to the Bay and about 110 minutes to Broulee. Great surfing at Broulee! Then we could have cups of tea Grace. It would be awesome.

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