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Why live in Canberra?

By Thumper - 27 March 2008 24

We saw a recent post about what canberra is to people. And the responses ranged from clean air to lack of traffic to arts and culture.

However, there is another thing that strikes me about Canberra and it occured this morning.

The morning was crisp and still. The air clean and fresh. As I drove to work the sun glinted through a soft mist that hung over Ginninderra Creek. Passing Lake Ginninderra one could not help but notice how still and calm the waters were with the only ripple being from a number of ducks as they paddled their way across the water. The sky, with the sun low on the horizon, was flecked to the east with wispy grey and pink clouds that seemed to change colour with the position of the sun.

A stunningly beautiful morning, and one of the reasons why I like this place.

What’s Your opinion?


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24 Responses to
Why live in Canberra?
neanderthalsis 9:28 am 28 Mar 08

I moved here 3 years ago planning to stay for 12 months then return to QLD. I had all the usual misconceptions of a cold, boring city full of politicians and public servants. I soon discovered that the rest of Australia is wrong. Plenty of cultural activities, art exhibitions, live music; access to all major ammenities, not the sheep padock I remembered from a yr 7 camp here.

CanberraResident 8:31 am 28 Mar 08

Post #9 is excellent. Next time an interstate visitor bashes Canberra, I’ll have #9 stuck to the toilet wall in 48 pt Helvetica. That way they’re sure to see it.

Thumper 8:28 am 28 Mar 08

Errr, sound of music….

Shoot me please 😉

Thumper 8:26 am 28 Mar 08

Notwithstanding your inane bs on other threads

That’s pretty choice coming from you Pottsy.

considering you usually only come out of the woodwork when someone comments on how much their house costs.

And even then you use another moniker to answer your own questions and statements.

However, Canberra is a great place to live. After living all over the world I wouldn’t live anywhere else (okay, I lie, London, but only in spring and summer and i couldn’t afford it anyway)

wishuwell 8:25 am 28 Mar 08

Wow Thumper what a post! Makes me want to grab some children and run up a hill singing “The hills are alive….” no hang on I’m being a nob. But in all seriousness I totally agree with you.

captainwhorebags 7:40 am 28 Mar 08

…particularly that first day in the season when the Brindabellas get an icing sugar dusting of snow.

BerraBoy68 6:52 am 28 Mar 08

Top post Thumper! I also agree with snarky, to see Canberra at its best try a ride around Lake BG in the early morning (although I’d say any time around 7am) but try to pick a day its not raining. Even in winter where you’ll ride through a bit of fog, the view is sensational. Especially when you get around Royal Canberra Golf course. Sharing the open space with a a few roo’s, and just looking out over the lake is pure gold, it makes me remember why we live here.

For those on the southside, go for a walk up with Mt Taylor or Mt Arawang. The views are sensational and the experience different during each season.

Deano 11:32 pm 27 Mar 08

Canberra is not:

* flat and dreary like Melbourne
* in the middle of nowhere like Adelaide
* completely isolated like Perth
* weird in that tropical sort of way like Darwin
* crowded and congested like Sydney
* flashy like Brisbane

Canberra is:

* modest, unlike Brisbane
* relaxed, unlike Sydney
* sane, unlike Darwin
* cultured, unlike Perth
* interesting, unlike Adelaide
* attractive, unlike Melbourne

Deano 11:20 pm 27 Mar 08

My favourite is swinging around the hill just south of Long Gully Road on Erindale Drive and seeing, near sunset on a cloudy day, the bottom of grey clouds lit up in golds and pinks across the valley.

Yep, the sunsets are much better on the southside. Isabella Drive between the Monaro and Chisholm is another spectacular viewing location.

VicePope 10:35 pm 27 Mar 08

Yup. This place has beauty for all the reasons others have given – trees, the lake, real seasons and more. My favourite is swinging around the hill just south of Long Gully Road on Erindale Drive and seeing, near sunset on a cloudy day, the bottom of grey clouds lit up in golds and pinks across the valley. Or the drive along the Cotter Road around Anzac Day, as the trees turn copper red.

astrojax 10:33 pm 27 Mar 08

1954 planning authroities specifically nominated all the sunsets we get today, so thank menzies for that, and for the icicles we get on the three nominated cold-enough-days-now-we-have-global-warming… ; )

actually, one of the first reasons i give to inquisitive outsiders as to why i choose to reside here is the real and distinct seasons – and my faves in descending order are autumn, winter, spring then summer – not a fan of the heat me.

and then i suggest the liveability of the place, generally getting a park more or less where you need, having access to a reasonable commercial sector, artistic events pretty well any time you want one and the range of social interaction among the populace. usually you need to know someone to get ‘in’ to canberra, but as you all know, once you know one person you generally find you know about seven hundred. ‘oh dave? dave from blah? yeah, i know his cousin ethel, she’s my neigbour’s ….’ within about three sips of whatever you’re drinking. noice.

also messes with the mionds of foreigners – ‘hey but isn’t sydney the capital?’ ‘no, perth, perth is the capital’ (a real conversation, two yanks overheard in a cambridge pub by a friend, who interjected but was not believed, even when he said he was born in canberra and bloody well knew what he was talking about. they bought him a pint, but)

old canberran 8:34 pm 27 Mar 08

Every season is beautiful in Canberra, I reckon. Winter with it’s amazing frosts and icicles hanging off the trees, Autumn with the blaze of colour as the trees turn, Spring with the beautiful blossoms and I guess Summer with its sunsets as mentioned above.

All of this is not accidental. It’s the direct result of planning policies laid down from 1954 onwards which ensured Canberra would be the garden city that is has become.

el 8:29 pm 27 Mar 08

The point being I guess Tempestas, a ‘perfect city’ just doesn’t exist.

We get pretty close here though 🙂

Snarky 8:12 pm 27 Mar 08

Agreed re autumn in Canberra.

If you really want a picture-perfect start to the day get on your bike and do a lap of any of the lakes at dawn. Thumper’s right on the money here. LBG is especially good value as you can see a host of vistas dotted with hot air ballooons that add a faintly surreal air to the whole scene.

If dawn’s too hard (and it is, most of the time 🙂 )then as an ex-Sydney person one of the first things I noticed about the place are the awesome sunsets we get here – great red gashes of cloud piled up like vast aerial rock strata. Very impressive after smoggy old Sydney.

Tempestas 7:48 pm 27 Mar 08

It has been oft quoted. “Canberra’s best season is Autumn” and Thumper, you just reminded me why.

I think Canberra is a very liveable city – its not perfect, it has some real deficiencies, but in all it gets close to a well rounded balance between the big smoke and the big sky.

Lets enjoy it now, if oil prices and energy costs explode it might become less enjoyable than it is.

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