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Is Canberra an unfriendly place to live?

By Dazzlar - 27 July 2009 85

Before we moved here we were told that “Canberra is a funny place, no one is friendly there” by quite a few people. 

I wonder why there is that perception in the rest of Australia. 

We got these responses from a varying group of people, some that had lived here, some that had only visited, people that had held positions at the highest points in Federal Government etc. 

I was also told that “Canberrans are weird” and when asked in what way they couldn’t elaborate they just said “it was just a feeling”!

I can understand that people have a problem with government and yeah Canberra gets bagged for that but the people?

What’s Your opinion?


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Is Canberra an unfriendly place to live?
Rawhide Kid No 2 4:42 pm 27 Jul 09

Observing said :

The people you talked to are weird. It’s just a feeling I get.

Weird !!?? I love Weird. Its a wonderful feeling………..

AngryHenry 4:37 pm 27 Jul 09

eyeLikeCarrots said :

My unfortunate experience of Canberra so far is that meeting women who dont fall into the category or ‘career builder’ or ‘I’m not interested if your aint driving an Audi’ has been very difficult.

30 year old, quiet/geek type looking for a date.. apply here

Try redhotpie haha!

Inappropriate 4:33 pm 27 Jul 09

eyeLikeCarrots said :

30 year old, quiet/geek type looking for a date.. apply here

Make lots of female friends: they might not be single now, but they may be single later on. They also probably have a friend who is single.

niftydog 4:30 pm 27 Jul 09

…people that had held positions at the highest points in Federal Government etc.

While we’re in the mood for massive generalisations, high ranking Federal Gov. employees aren’t exactly the friendliest bunch of people I’ve ever met, and I’m willing to bet most of them aren’t natives!

Civic and it’s nightclubs and bars, which are alternately full of try-hard yuppies and proud bogans, is NOT representative of the entire population.

eyeLikeCarrots, sounds to me like you’re mixing in the wrong circles. Ask the Audi chick if her administrative assistant is single!

eyeLikeCarrots 4:18 pm 27 Jul 09

misspris said :

I did find having school aged children a good ice breaker and made lots of friendships that way.

Would you be prepared to loan/rent your children ? I can pass a police check and everything 😀

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My unfortunate experience of Canberra so far is that meeting women who dont fall into the category or ‘career builder’ or ‘I’m not interested if your aint driving an Audi’ has been very difficult.

30 year old, quiet/geek type looking for a date.. apply here

Observing 4:17 pm 27 Jul 09

The people you talked to are weird. It’s just a feeling I get.

peterh 4:16 pm 27 Jul 09

After the fires, I knew all of my neighbors. some of them had lived near me for years. We are moving to a new house, but took the time to meet some of the neighbors first, and we are looking forward to catching up with them soon. It helps to be friendly, and not afraid to introduce yourself to others. I have made many friends here on the riotact, and have caught up with a few. The riotact is a good place to start, when an event comes up that you are interested in.

toriness 4:14 pm 27 Jul 09

i moved to canberra not knowing a soul here and i made loads of really good long-lasting friends really quickly. i don’t think canberra is that different to anywhere else, you make friends through work, sport, other extra-curricular activities. isn’t this how you make friends anywhere you live?? surely it isn’t rocket science and we don’t live in stepford!

maybe the people you spoke to were weirdos themselves, dazzlar, hence not having friends….

AngryHenry 4:10 pm 27 Jul 09

You tell us Dazzlar…

You moved here. How do we compare with where you came from? As a new person in town what do you think?

misspris 4:07 pm 27 Jul 09

Hmmm, I don’t know about unfriendly – sometimes I wonder how motivated Canberrans are though. In my experience they’re always happy to go somewhere when invited but often can’t be bothered to organise something themselves. Mind you, that might just be my apathetic friends!

I did find having school aged children a good ice breaker and made lots of friendships that way. Temping in lots of different work environments was handy too.

Good luck meeting people and don’t be turned off by all the bad press 🙂

grundy 4:03 pm 27 Jul 09

harvyk1 said :

I would respond but your obviously not from around here so I can’t talk to you….

Just kidding… Canberra has groups, and once your in a group your right, but until then your excluded and made to feel excluded (it can even happen to those who have lived here all their life)

The trick is to find someone who can “get you in” to a group so to speak, once your in it’ll be far easier to meet new people.

What the hell are you talking about? What ‘groups’?
o_O

What am I missing out on?!

ARGGGHH!!!

Wraith 3:52 pm 27 Jul 09

Clicky bunch we are, wonder why though….

bergamot 3:35 pm 27 Jul 09

I agree with harvyk1, join some classes or groups and you’ll meet friendly people – I guess you might have to try a bit harder than in some other places but if you put in the effort I am sure you will make some life long friends!

Inappropriate 3:35 pm 27 Jul 09

Canberra is very insular. I guess it’s a result of the transient lifestyle of most who live here: they move here for work, then leave when it’s over. This is no more so evident than on long weekends, and the xmas break, when Canberra brings out the tumbleweeds and becomes a ghost town.

harvyk1 3:22 pm 27 Jul 09

I would respond but your obviously not from around here so I can’t talk to you….

Just kidding… Canberra has groups, and once your in a group your right, but until then your excluded and made to feel excluded (it can even happen to those who have lived here all their life)

The trick is to find someone who can “get you in” to a group so to speak, once your in it’ll be far easier to meet new people.

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