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Commuting from Goulburn to Canberra? Living in Goulburn?

By evessunshine - 30 September 2010 65

Hi Everyone,

Anyone living in Goulburn? What’s it like for a young family?
And do you think commuting to Canberra 4days a week manageable?

Looking forward to hearing some feedback 🙂

What’s Your opinion?


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Commuting from Goulburn to Canberra? Living in Goulburn?
brendan360 2:40 pm 30 Sep 10

Hi, for about 3 months both my partner and I were communting from canberra. The rent is cheaper but once u factor petol in, we are saving a bit more living up here. Also the time factor really takes a toll. extra time in the morning is great and the time with the family is good too. And goulburn isnt too bad for facilites but not too much to do of a weekend. guess thats ok if you just like to relax.

So yeah I personally wouldnt do it again and am glad once we moved

Holden Caulfield 2:31 pm 30 Sep 10

I used to commute from Yass back in the day (30-40 mins). I reckon that’d be my limit.

On the plus side the commute to Goulburn should be an easy run the majority of the time which might allow you to unwind from the working day, in preparation for 4 screaming kiddies. On the negative side if you’re approaching Lake George and suddenly realise you’ve left something behind, well, that would suck! Also, if you have kids back at school in Goulburn and something happens you’re not a 20 minute drive away, etc, etc.

Yes, housing will be cheaper and, if buying an older property, quite a different aesthetic to what Canberra usually offers. But your fuel bill and car servicing costs will increase, obviously.

I also agree with neanderthalsis, a modern efficient diesel car is a very good idea – Golf, Mondeo, whatever, there’s heaps of options these days.

FoMoCo 2:23 pm 30 Sep 10

I know it isnt Goulburn, but a guy I work with does the Cooma to Canberra trip everyday. He doesnt mind it and has been doing it for 10+ years now. It takes a little over an hour and only has to go to the airport and comes through queanbeyan so misses most of the traffic. He used to live in Sydney prior to moving to Cooma and it would take twice as long to travel half as far..

I personally think it is doable provided you dont have to fight the Canberra traffic once you get here.

Growling Ferret 2:19 pm 30 Sep 10

Depends where you work. Allow half an hour from Watson to your office in Civic, or 40 minutes to your office in Parkes/Barton.

If you leave at 6am, no worries. If you leave at 7, you hit traffic at its busiest.

A guy here is moving to Yass to commute. I value the extra 2 hours a day in non-commuting time to spend with the family as a greater priority.

housebound 2:14 pm 30 Sep 10

It’s worth it if you work on the northside. It’s not worth it if you work south of the lake because you will get stuck in traffic.

Other than that, it’s really good to live out of Canberra. Those country towns have more character architecturally (yay for older houses that weren’t regulation painted mission brown). It can take a while to get in with the locals, but it’s worth it once you do.

Fuel costs will add up, though. Consider buying the most fuel efficient vehicle that can do 110 km/hour easily.

ConanOfCooma 1:55 pm 30 Sep 10

I do ten hours a week driving from Cooma everyday, and the only bad thing about it is the snow and coast traffic.

As mentioned above, if you are a soft capital resident, there’s a good chance you find a ten minute drive to work incredibly intolerable. I work in Tuggers, and I know people who travel from North side who do that trip in an hour and ten. I may not be closer, but I get there quicker.

What most people in the ACT fail to realise is that it costs a bullshit amount to live in the capital. Rent is ridiculous for broken Lego houses, the drug problem is through the roof, and you are so close to your neighbours you know what they had for dinner last night.

Personally speaking, I prefer my 5 bedroom brick house on 15 acres for $250 a week over $500 for 3 bedrooms in the inner north on a shitty block next to ice freaks. I might spend a litte more on fuel, but the massive savings on rent make up for it.

KB1971 1:51 pm 30 Sep 10

neanderthalsis said :

but most Canberrans have a distorted sense of distance/reality and think the drive from Tuggeranong to Civic is an arduous journey.

I agree about the distorted sense of distance but I dont agree with the Tuggers example, every time I have sold something of late someone from the north side always rings up & then winges about how far it is to Tuggers.

DIDINT YOU READ THE AD???? It had the suburb written on it 😉

georgesgenitals 1:51 pm 30 Sep 10

Is there a regular bus? Could be a good time to catch up on reading, or do some work on the laptop.

toriness 1:43 pm 30 Sep 10

i have friends who do it but god knows i wouldn’t. work out what you would spend in petrol plus add a bit more for the value you place on your own time that you will instead spend in commuting – and bump up your mortgage/rent allowance/budget accordingly to see whether living in canberra works still.

Chop71 1:15 pm 30 Sep 10

No way

Gerry-Built 12:56 pm 30 Sep 10

neanderthalsis said :

most Canberrans have a distorted sense of distance/reality and think the drive from Tuggeranong to Civic is an arduous journey.

…except that, living in Canberra, that IS an arduous journey (and one of the reasons people live here, over Sydney or Melbourne).

lobster 12:18 pm 30 Sep 10

There was a woman at my old work who used to do it.
She ended up call ing in sick or “working from home” or arriving late most days after the first month.

Can’t say I blame her though.
Hour drive from Goulburn then another half hour or more through the morning traffic to get to work. Then the same back home afterwards.

So around 3 hours each day of your life travelling.

Or 15 hours a week. (or 12 in your case)

Might be ok if you have the option of crashing at a friends house one of the nights or something.

Inappropriate 11:26 am 30 Sep 10

I wouldn’t see commuting as a viable long-term solution. You’ll be paying a lot in petrol + wear ‘n’ tear on the car. And if your car breaks down, you’re up for a motel stay and/or big taxi fair.

neanderthalsis 11:18 am 30 Sep 10

We have a chap here that does the run from Goulburn into Canberra daily. The drive is a little over an hour and a clear run along the hwy most days.

A one hour commute (at the least) is the reality in most big capitals for those in the outer burbs, but most Canberrans have a distorted sense of distance/reality and think the drive from Tuggeranong to Civic is an arduous journey.

From what I have seen, house prices are cheaper there than here in the ACT, it has all the needed amenities for a young family and it is not too far from Sydney too.

You might consider buying a diesel engine car too to save on fuel costs.

Spectra 11:09 am 30 Sep 10

8+ hours of commuting a week is a hell of a lot of time that you could otherwise be spending with your young family. Not to mention a hell of a lot of petrol. It’s “manageable”, obviously – people do it in other places – but sure as hell isn’t something I’d do by choice.

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