1 – Commute (Driving)
Though Canberra is rapidly growing, and the roads appear to be gridlocked from Monday – Friday (keeping it mind it is usually only between 8:00 – 9:30am – 4:00-6:00pm)
In comparison to major cities I’ve been to like Sydney, Melbourne and the worst of all (Internationally) LA. If you haven’t been to LA, you don’t know what traffic truly is.
However, I’m still thankful that I know I’ll safely arrive to my commute to work within 20 – 30 minutes. (Perfect time for a Podcast!)
2 – The Perfect Blend (Country and City)
If you’re driving from Sydney on the Federal Highway and begin to transition onto Northbourne avenue, you will see the transition from wide open country range, to the entry of Canberra with (now with the tree’s cut down) perfect view of parliament insight.
What’s great is you do not need to drive far to notice that Canberra has a fantastic mountain range in the background heading to the south (Which collects snow during winter!) with plenty of nature parks and barbecue areas for the family!
Seriously, you’ve got to appreciate the small things that we get that other major cities don’t
(See how flat Melbourne is!)
3 – Food Culture
I can’t talk to much on this topic as you need to experience it for yourself! Breakfast and Coffee (Which we’re voted for having the BEST) is the go to in my family, with so many secret “Modern” cafés tucked away in suburbs and corner shops it truly is an underappreciated thing in Canberra.
I highly recommend taking a peep at the TripAdvisor website and begin to write a checklist!
4 – North vs South
Born and raised in the South – Living in the North, the tension is real.
You’ve probably read it before, but I love me some good old banter about which side of the lake is better.
Personally, I’ve experienced arguments that both sides are
“Bogan, Rundown, Ghetto, Lock your windows”
all I can say is…..nothing.I actually agree….But seriously,
I love it, and I will always be a south sider at heart *2903!*
5 – Cultural Diversity
You soon realise in Canberra that it is certainly full of Cultural Diversity, and yes this is throughout Australia however Canberra I think is unique.
For example, you look at Sydney which feels as though the Diversity is divided up into suburbs. But when you walk around the malls and parks around Canberra you will soon see that this isn’t the case and I love it!
I particularly love that fact that I can meet someone at my local church that is from one end of the world and then meet someone else who is on the far opposite side of the world again!
Have you been or live in Canberra? What do you think?