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What You Need To Know About Moving To Canberra

What You Need To Know About Moving To Canberra

Moving from Sydney to Canberra? Men That Move help with removalist services for Sydney-siders relocating to Canberra and can help you with any sized move. Here is everything you need to know about the capital city of Australia. 

Canberra has often been described as a big country city and its design is quite structured. The state is designed around the central business district with each suburb separated by green spaces. Most main jobs are located in the main city but commuting is much easier in Canberra than Sydney. Canberra is split into eight districts, each district is made up of smaller suburbs. In 2018 Canberra was named Australias second fastest growing city

North Canberra

This is one of the older districts with a lot of beautiful heritage homes. A popular district North Canberra is next to Civic which is the retail and dining sector. The following suburbs located in North Canberra are Acton, Ainslie, Braddon, Campbell, Dickson, Downer and Hackett.

South Canberra

Old Parliament House and the National Gallery are located in South Canberra. The suburbs in this district are Chifley, Curtin, Garran, Hughes, Farrer, Isaacs, Lyons, Mawson, O'Malley, Pearce, Phillip, and Torrens.

Woden Valley

A major shopping centre is located in the district, Westfield Woden (though more commonly called Woden Plaza). Canberra Hospital is also in this district, making it a very family friendly area. 


This district is the most populated with almost 100,000 residents (census 2016). Only 7kms from the central business district, Belconnen has a well known water way - Lake Ginninderra. And Belconnen has its own Westfield shopping centre. 

Weston Creek

This is a smaller district in Canberra with a generally older median age. Suburbs include Waramanga, Fisher, Weston, Rivett, Duffy, Holder, Chapman and Stirling. It includes the suburb of Kingston which is home to waterfront dining, retail and properties.


The Tuggeranong district is very picturesque as it is surrounded by the Brindabella Mountains and has the South Quay waterfront. Suburbs in the district are; Banks, Bonython, Calwell, Chisholm, Conder, Fadden, Gilmore, Gordon, Gowrie, Greenway, Hume, Isabella Plains, Kambah, Macarthur, Monash, Oxley, Richardson, Theodore and Wanniassa.


This has a younger demographic and is a growth suburb expected to double in population from the 2011 census figure of around 45,000 to close to 90,000 by 2020. The suburbs in this district are; Amaroo, Bonner, Casey, Crace, Forde, Franklin, Gungahlin,Harrison, Jacka, Kenny, Mitchell, Moncrieff, Ngunnawal, Nicholls, Palmerston,, Taylor and Throsby.

Molonglo Valley

Suburbs in this district include Coombs, Denman Prospect, Molonglo, Whitlam and Wright. This is a smaller district and has the Molonglo River running through it. 

Employment in Canberra

The capital city of Australia is home to Parliament and many government jobs. The biggest employer is not surprisingly the government, and most people relocate from Sydney to Canberra for government jobs. Not jobs for politicians but government roles in admin, public affairs and finance. What is starting to evolve more in Canberra is the private sector, with almost 50% of jobs now in the private sector and set to grow. Attracting people to move to Canberra is the high pay rate and low unemployment compared to Sydney. 


Buses are the main form of transport as there is no train lines. But light rail is now being invested in and built with lines opening to districts from the city centre. Driving in Canberra is so different to Sydney’s crazy traffic. The city and suburbs are built with thoughtful road connections and the traffic is much less congested. 

What to do on the Weekend in Canberra

Canberra is full of parks and lakes, so there is a big outdoor lifestyle. Lake Burley Griffin is a popular destination for water recreation and runs through the city, it's easily accessible. In fact accessibility is easy for a small state like the ACT. Hiking and outdoor biking in the hills is also very popular, with many a politician spotted in lycra!! The winery sector is flourishing in Canberra and touring wineries is a great way to spend your weekend. 

The Arts is catered to very well with Australia’s National Gallery in Canberra. And believe or not visiting Parliament and even watching the politicians from the gallery can be considered a recreational activity!

Men That Move have a dedicated Sydney Canberra section on our website. Whether you are moving to Canberra or to Sydney Men That Move, can can move you without any fuss and for a great price simply contact us and get a quote!


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