The Best Storage Facilities in Canberra

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Where are the best storage facilities in Canberra? Photo: File.

Whether you are renovating in Garran, downsizing in Hughes, or ending your lease in Barton chances are that you are swiftly running out of space.

From time to time we all find ourselves in need of a little more wiggle room. If you have outgrown your existing space, recently decluttered, or just need somewhere safe to keep all that sporting gear, a storage facility could be just what you need.

Self-storage facilities provide a secure, convenient, and economical means to keep your prized possessions safe. But with so many options in a myriad of locations around the ACT how does one select the right facility?

Whether you have but a few boxes of office records or an entire 5-bedroom house finding the right storage facility in Canberra is key. Thankfully, we have curated a shortlist of the best Canberra storage facilities to make your life just that little bit easier.

What makes a great storage facility?

The best storage facilities offer privacy, flexibility, security, and convenience. When looking for a storage facility in Canberra we suggest considering the following:

  • Multifaceted security. The best storage facilities apply several layers of security to ensure the well keeping of your valuables. Look for professional grade security features such as electrical fencing, CCTV systems, personal pin codes, unique lock and keys and back to base alarms on individual units. It would also help to understand how the facility is staffed, and how regularly security systems are checked.
  • Contracts & insurance. When shortlisting your facility take the time to review the contract and all terms. Understand the extent of their liability when it comes to unforeseen events such as fire, theft, water damage or pest infestations. Some storage facilities offer insurance at an additional cost; or consult your existing insurer to see whether they can extend coverage to your items in storage. The best facilities will be members of the core industry body; the Self Storage Association of Australia. Membership indicates that rental contracts adhere to industry standards, offering the best legal protection.
  • Ease of accessibility. When it comes to accessibility there are two things to keep in mind: location and ease of access. If stored items require frequent access, consider a facility located closer to your home or office. If your items are set-and-forget then it may pay to look further afield as rates could be cheaper. As for accessibility, look for those with extended hours over the full week and staff on hand if needed. Also consider whether the unit can be easily accessed within the complex. If you have numerous bulky items it may be worth paying a little more for a ground floor unit with vehicle access. Finally look for facilities that offer complimentary use of forklifts and trolleys to make moving easier!
  • Flexible and specialist units. Storage needs are as unique as their holder and can change over time. Look for a facility that offers flexible spaces that can be freely changed as required. Also consider the items you wish to store and if they have specific requirements. Cars or boats will need large direct access units; while wine or art are best kept in those that are temperature and humidity controlled.
  • Concierge services. Life can be busy and at times it pays to call on professionals to conduct the bulk of the move into storage for you. Good storage facilities will offer an array of concierge services manage aspects of, or the full move on your behalf. Be it end-to-end packing, transporting and unpacking, or just the handling of inbound or outbound deliveries; consider your needs and whether the facility can cater to them.

The best storage facilities in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

National Storage Mitchell

As part of the National Storage Group, National Storage Mitchell is at home with one of the largest storage providers in Australia. They offer tailored self-storage solutions with 24/7 access for individuals and businesses alike, including climate-controlled wine storage through to large scale vehicle storage for caravans and boats.

Additional services include packaging and vehicle hire to make moving in and out of storage a seamless experience, as well as insurance for peace of mind.

Tony Palmer had this to say about National Storage Mitchell on Google, “Rented one of the smaller spaces here and had no issues. Nice and secure with easy access.”

Box It

Since 2014 Box It has been providing the Canberra region with a hassle-free mobile storage alternative.

Their unique offering is centred on mobile self-storage; which involves the delivery of a storage container to the customer who is then responsible to packing it. Once packed, Box It collects the container and delivers it to the final location – be it a move or their storage facility.

Box It also offers commercial storage, document storage, moving and packing supplies.

Mitchell Whitelaw shared this review on Google, “Stored and moved our whole house with Box It. Their service was friendly and prompt and they went out of their way to organise a delivery time that suited us. A great service at a reasonable price.”

The Lock Up Self Storage Mitchell

A family run business for over thirty-years The Lock Up Self Storage was Canberra’s first indoor high security storage facility providing safe, affordable, and secure storage options for both businesses and individuals.

With 7-day a week access and units across two levels, The Lock Up offers flexible sizes from small lockers to 54 cubic metre units capable of storing the contents of a large house. It is also offers drive through access store vehicles including cars and boats.

Carli Britton shared this great feedback Google, “Lovely staff. Great price. Easy access. Would highly recommend to everyone!”

If you’re looking for more information on storage facilities in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best removalists, the best van hire, and the best end of lease cleaners that Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with storage facilities in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the storage facilities listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a self-storage facility?
A self-storage facility offers a variety of storage spaces such as lockers, rooms or containers known as storage units, which are then rented to tenants for periods of as little as a week to the long term.
How much does storage cost in Canberra?
Storage facility charges will vary between vendors and locations. These costs vary based on your individual needs, with facilities offering spaces from one cubic metre lockers to units that fit the contents of an entire four-bedroom house. Its best to obtain a comprehensive quote directly from the facility.
Will my storage unit be private?
Yes, in most cases storage units are protected by an individual lock and key, with the tenant holding the only set.
What items can I place in storage?
Most non-perishable items can be kept in storage. Generally, you will not be permitted to store goods which are living (like plants or animals), hazardous, dangerous, flammable, or illegal.
Do I need to insure items in storage?
Whilst insurance may not be compulsory, there is a risk of loss should anything unforeseen occur. Some storage facilities offer insurance cover for an additional charge, alternatively, you can seek cover with your existing insurer.

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15 Responses to The Best Storage Facilities in Canberra
sarahjames sarahjames 6:49 pm 26 Feb 12

Hi There, I have a large storage space for rent. If interested please email me on:


Blingiton Blingiton 9:08 am 05 Feb 12

…and I could do meals on wheels out of the camper in exchange for free parking and storage. We’re really cooking with gas now Rioters!

1337Hax0r 1337Hax0r 11:51 am 04 Feb 12

Sandman said :

Rent an industrial unit In Mitchell/Hume/Qbn that has a kitchenette and bathroom and move out of your apartment. That way you get to claim all your rent as a business expense and it’s a really short trip to work.

And as a bonus advertise at ANU that you are a panel beater and do cheap jobs on cqampervans. Before you know it you’ll have your choice of accommodation for months at a time.
Or cut out the industrial unit all together and just take a campervan off of the hands of a uni student. They won’t miss it for 6 weeks.

Sandman Sandman 10:09 pm 03 Feb 12

Rent an industrial unit In Mitchell/Hume/Qbn that has a kitchenette and bathroom and move out of your apartment. That way you get to claim all your rent as a business expense and it’s a really short trip to work.

Blingiton Blingiton 5:14 pm 03 Feb 12

Thanks Poplar & Deejay. Great suggestions. I need regular access to the storage space for my business. It really needs to be at least within Canberra or Queanbeyan. I think I probably have to conceded defeat with this dilemma. If anyone else has any ideas, I’d love to hear.

Poplar Poplar 11:54 am 03 Feb 12

One of the best places I’ve come across for storage is a family-owned business, Apple Storage Solutions in Marulan. It’s an hour or so out of Canberra and so much cheaper than storage in Canberra.

Give Garth a ring on 9986 3618 – he’ll sort you out and give you a decent price.

deejay deejay 8:30 am 02 Feb 12

Have you considered storage in Goulburn, Yass, or Cooma? They’ll probably cost less due to lower real estate and employment costs. Assuming you don’t need to get to your things too often, you’ll probably find it much more affordable.

Blingiton Blingiton 9:51 pm 01 Feb 12

I know…the cost of self-storage is astronomical but I can understand why given all the security costs etc. I have friends living on properties but they are too far out to make it practical. Fingers crossed for an alternative solution. Calling on all golden oldies/empty nesters who have a large garage they’d like to rent out. Please keep the suggestions rolling…I am listening:)

Sandman Sandman 8:58 pm 01 Feb 12

That’s a lot of space you need. Some friends recently went overseas for a year and told me what it would cost for them to store a sentimentally significant vehicle and some personal belongings and I was astounded at the prices. I instead suggested they come out to the farm for a day and help me vermin proof and seal up one of the small sheds. Saved them about $6,000. Unfortunately container trucks can’t get out there otherwise I’d be able to make good use of the land for storage.

Blingiton Blingiton 8:57 pm 01 Feb 12

Thanks so much for the suggestion:) It’s a good one. I’m just lacking somewhere to plonk a pod – I’m in an apartment.

dpm dpm 8:12 pm 01 Feb 12

dpm said :

I’ve seen these in a few people’s backyards.
Though, as another poster said, that’s a lot of space…..!

Hmm, I just checked their website and they said they don’t service my ACT postcode. Yet, I saw one recently in Bruce….? Anyway….

dpm dpm 8:05 pm 01 Feb 12

I’ve seen these in a few people’s backyards.
Though, as another poster said, that’s a lot of space…..!

screaming banshee screaming banshee 7:04 pm 01 Feb 12

That’s a pretty large amount of space, most households can be squeezed into the space of between a 1-2 car garage

Blingiton Blingiton 6:07 pm 01 Feb 12

Unfortunately not. A good idea though – thanks for trying:)

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:49 pm 01 Feb 12

Do you have real estate or access to some spare land? If so these guys can help out…

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