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By kimmyr - 8 October 2014 50

I am moving to Canberra in December with my husband and 5 children. 3 of our children will be attending primary school, one secondary and one hopefully at ANU next year. We are moving from a small country town in Melbourne and enjoy being involved in our local community. Our children play AFL, netball and attend Scouts.

Can anyone suggest which suburbs may suit us. My husband works in Acton, I will be working in Fyshwick.  Travel is not too big an issue as we are used to Melbourne traffic and travel times.

What’s Your opinion?


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Suitable suburb for my family
sepi 2:54 pm 08 Oct 14

I would go for Campbell as the best bet for being close to both fyshwick and ANU and Acton, and having both primary and high schools. If your high schooler is in yr 11 or 12 they will go to a college, which will be a bit further away.

AFL is not that big in canberra. But Ainslie does have an AFL oval and is also close to all your requirements.

Do you want a new house (go to gungahlin) – although you won’t get much yard and schools are huge and new.

Heavs 1:48 pm 08 Oct 14

If you liked living in a small country town you could do a lot worse than check out the rural villages dotted around the border. Gundaroo is a 30 minute trip to Fyshwick and 35 to Acton. Sutton even less.

creg 1:21 pm 08 Oct 14

bronal said :

Since you’re coming from Melbourne, I wouldn’t pay too much attention to anyone complaining about travel times as they are a breeze compared to Melbourne. With the size of your family, I’d suggest the major determining factor is going to be finding a suitable house. I can only speak for the southside, but the Wanniassa/Gowrie/Monash area is well provided with facilities.

I agree with the post above. If you have kids and would like a decent sized block, I would suggest you look on the southern side of Canberra. Monash, Isabella Plains, Wanniassa, Bonython are all great quiet family suburbs. Tuggeranong, Erindale and Wanniassa all have local sporting and scout clubs you can join.

If you would like something a little newer, on a small block, then I would suggest the Northern suburbs. Prices dont vary too greatly between the areas, but if you havent check it out already, I suggest you have a look at the website below:

http://www.allhomes.com.au . It has all of Canberra’s real estate on it.

Please don’t listen to any NORTH V SOUTH arguments. Canberra is very similar all over, with great hubs located close to all areas.

But……… stay out of Charnwood

Raging Tempest 12:34 pm 08 Oct 14

Given the size of the city, time isn’t such an issue, but as Holden Caulfield notes, whether you are buying or renting etc, plus how you intend to travel (car, bike or bus) will factor in. For somewhere between Acton and Fyshwick I’d go inner south (Red Hill, Narrabundah, Griffith, Manuka, Kingston or even Deakin/Garran/Hughes) or inner north (Campbell, Reid). That said, you can easily get to Fyshwick on the Monaro Highway and Acton on the parkway from inner Tuggeranong too. I can vouch for the amenities around the Wanniassa/Gowrie/Monash area too, but our local high schools are rubbish. Just keep in mind our bus routes are magical mystery tours of the suburbs and come hourly, except in peak times.

Maya123 11:54 am 08 Oct 14

Inner south would be best logistically with one of you working in Fyshwick and the other in Acton. I lived in Narrabundah and easily cycled to the ANU in Acton. The student attending the ANU would have no trouble getting there from the Inner South, plus the person working at Acton. If that is the ANU, parking is difficult to find there, even with a parking permit. The ANU is also accessible by bus from the Inner South. The schools in the Inner South have a good reputation I’m told and you would reside in their area.
The Inner North side would be good for the person working at Acton, but not so much for the person at Fyshwick. That’s why I suggested the Inner South. It’s good for both Fyshwick and Acton.

bronal 11:46 am 08 Oct 14

IOW, what people are saying is that most of Canberra and Queanbeyan could meet you needs. Which is not surprising as it was desigend that way. I still say find your house first. There isn’t that great a selection of five or six bedroom houses in Canberra as there is in the larger capital cities.

arescarti42 11:45 am 08 Oct 14

Pretty much all of Canberra should be suitable for your family. Every suburb has good access to the ANU and Fyshwick, and the ACT has a fairly universally good school system. There’s not really any bad areas that you need to avoid.

Your decision should primarily be on personal factors like cost, house size, etc. One other thing you may want to consider is living in one of the surrounding rural areas (e.g. Wamboin, Bungendore, Murrumbateman) which are all within reasonable commuting distance.

And as others will no doubt say, check out allhomes.com.au which is the main local site for advertising housing.

Rawhide Kid Part3 11:42 am 08 Oct 14

“We are moving from a small country town in Melbourne ” ? Should that read ‘near’?

Pot Holes 11:28 am 08 Oct 14

Queanbeyan also will meet all your needs, Tigers AFL, good junior netball competition, Scouts too , a number of public primary schools or a cathloic primary, 2 public high schoolsand and of city living with country benefits.

BombaySapphire 11:21 am 08 Oct 14

My advice would be Lyneham, as it has great schools, is cycling distance from both Acton and ANU with good cycle paths, and has a great community feel with good local shops.

bronal 11:00 am 08 Oct 14

Since you’re coming from Melbourne, I wouldn’t pay too much attention to anyone complaining about travel times as they are a breeze compared to Melbourne. With the size of your family, I’d suggest the major determining factor is going to be finding a suitable house. I can only speak for the southside, but the Wanniassa/Gowrie/Monash area is well provided with facilities.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:38 am 08 Oct 14

Jerrabomberra is cheap right now, and is less than 20 mins drive to the city even in peak hour. Big blocks, lots of trees, very safe for kids, great access to facilities.

Alexandra Craig 9:54 am 08 Oct 14

I lived in Gungahlin for a year. I’m young without kids but it seemed to be a very family friendly area – lots of parks and things for kids to do. I

BowditchPitch 9:45 am 08 Oct 14

Considering location of ANU and where you’ll both be working, I’d say you’d be mad to go southside. Go for O’Connor, Aranda, Bruce or Cook.

Holden Caulfield 9:36 am 08 Oct 14

Charnwood or Kambah. And don’t listen to a word from anyone who says otherwise!

Seriously, though, we need more info. Are you buying or renting? Do you like newer houses/suburbs or something more established? Would you like a house with a big yard or will a smaller one do? What’s your budget?

Inner north/south would always be my pick.

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