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The old argument: ACT or Jerrabomberra / Bungendore

By jay - 1 October 2009 48

I know we’ve read banter along these lines before – not necessarily in The RiotACT, but in local rags and even across the neighbour’s fence. I am helping my cousin decide on a new location for living. He is moving from Gosford on the Central Coast and relocating to take up a job at ANU. He doesn’t want to necessarily live in Canberra, so he is out looking at Jerrabomberra and Bungendore.

If you were renting for 12 months, with a budget of about $600 – $700 / week, would you look at a place in the ACT or across in Jerra or Bunga? What are the pros and cons?

All the constructive feedback, arguments and issues would be worth hearing.

Oh – and I live in Murrumbateman, but will soon be moving to Forrest.


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48 Responses to
The old argument: ACT or Jerrabomberra / Bungendore
jessiegirl 8:55 am 02 Oct 09

Nice one SEPI “but for 700.00 a week I’d rent a mansion backing reserve in Aranda and bike/bus to ANU – and take lots of weekend trips to bungendore and surrounds.”

$600-$700 is a massive amount for a rental. You could get a nice place in Red Hill had hob nob it with the upperclass.

But seriously if it’s only for 12 months save petrol and the environment and find a place close to work.

Good Luck

jay 8:51 am 02 Oct 09

H1NG0 🙂 “Queanbeyan” or ” Queanbeyan” … I guess they are looking to stay on the NSW side of the border (it’s probably got to do with the 12 month factor and number plate changes, who knows!)

jay 8:47 am 02 Oct 09

Really appreciate all the comments so far … my cousin will be impressed with the suggestions! Flight path in Jerra is a worry, and they do need to do something about the roads heading out towards Bungendore. Thanks for the suggestions re: Turner / O’Connor / Lyneham / Ainslie.

They’re bringing their teenage children with them who have enrolled at Uni of Canberra … so maybe a location around Bruce? I think Gunghalin and surrounds is a really sad sight … too many oversized homes on undersized blocks of land. Reminds me of the McMansions built in new estates on the Central Coast.

Keep the advice coming – and appreciated.

H1NG0 8:46 am 02 Oct 09

No matter what you call it, its still Queanbeyan.

Gungahlin Al 8:46 am 02 Oct 09

Airport noise. The choke point on the Monaro Hwy at Fyshwick where the two bridges are missing. The upcoming Kings Way roundabout construction. Why would you choose Jerra?

What Addison said.

ChrisinTurner 8:19 am 02 Oct 09

Jerrabomberra is under the flight paths of an increasingly busy airport. Bungendore commuting by car will only get worse as they add staff to the stupid Defence complex that they have built out there. Live in the inner north, it is just perfect.

aelliso 5:07 am 02 Oct 09

I am looking to move back to Canberra from St Louis around June ’10. What are thoughts about rural living (horses) around Canberra? I’ve been looking at the Michelago/Bredbo area. I’ve also thought about Bungendore and Captains flat. I’m not totally aware of $$ for these areas; I’ve only been a responsible adult (paying my own rent and bills etc) since living away from Canberra, in St Louis. Can anyone tell me where I might find something nice, fairly cheap and with some land? I commute a lot here, so that doesn’t bother me.

caf 11:21 pm 01 Oct 09

Jerrabomberra is just another ‘burb, really.

Wyvernsridge 10:16 pm 01 Oct 09

If they are from the Central Coast, the commute from either Bungendore or Yass shouldn’t faze them. Yass would be better because it is more than just a quaint village. It has a hospital, plenty of doctors, two (soon to be three) supermarkets etc.

el 9:58 pm 01 Oct 09



smilesr 9:50 pm 01 Oct 09

They could also try Wamboin, Sutton or Gundaroo. Bungendore is lovely (we were going to rent there when we first moved to Canberra) although it is a long drive every day to ANU through the worst of the Canberra traffic. That’s why I would pick these other three first. And if they’re coming from Central Coast, NSW seems a lot more “normal” to live in than anywhere in Canberra. Jerrabombera has nice new houses but is lacking the comfortably lived-in feel that I would be looking for.

Addison 8:30 pm 01 Oct 09

Ignore the ‘what is better’ debate. If you’re only renting for 12 months, move as close as possible to where you want to spend most of your time.

sepi 8:28 pm 01 Oct 09

The two choices seem a bit like chalk and cheese – bungendore – once was a cute old village – rural as anything, nice cafes etc, if touristy. jerrabomberra – newish wall to wall suburbia like in the wonder years – no shops or anything you can walk to.

I’d pick bungendore out of those two for sure.

but for 700.00 a week I’d rent a mansion backing reserve in Aranda and bike/bus to ANU – and take lots of weekend trips to bungendore and surrounds.

astrojax 8:03 pm 01 Oct 09

inner north can be quite affordable, and save your cousin a great deal of car running/petrol costs [which more than offset extra – if any -rent costs. jerra and bungers can be decidedly expensive!] and all that angst (parking/traffic/etc) by being close enough to cycle to work – and he’d fit right in with the uni crowd… this locale would also put him within easy access to shopping needs, similarly without much/any transport costs..

if he is looking further afield, qbyn has some lovely areas and is also just a bus-ride distance if driving/parking is an issue (which it can be at anu) rather than outer canberra ‘burbs. opinion only, of course – i have lived in tuggers, inner south and inner north in my two decades + of canberra living…

wherever the cousin lobs, ensure he is directed at once to the riot for all local information needs! ; )

MrPC 7:49 pm 01 Oct 09

Temporary move? With a car? Stay in NSW. Less hassle moving car rego over then changing it back again.

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