Life in Canberra

Living in Canberra Australia

Living in Canberra Australia

Life in Canberra

Welcome to Canberra.  We know you are going to love living in Canberra and have a great time if you are passing through.

Life in Canberra

Life in Canberra

Is Canberra a good place to live?

Yes, Canberra is a great place to live or visit.  Below our guide to Canberra will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.

Visas required to live in Canberra

If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Canberra, you are going to need a visa to do so.  Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Canberra.  Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.


If you are moving to Canberra and want to find a job in Canberra we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Canberra for new arrivals.  Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.

Map of Canberra

Weather in Canberra


Canberra ( KAN-bə-rə or KAN-bruh)
is the capital city of Australia. Founded following the federation of the colonies of Australia as the seat of government for the new nation, it is Australia’s largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory at the northern tip of the Australian Alps, the country’s highest mountain range. As of June 2021, Canberra’s estimated population was 453,558.

The area chosen for the capital had been inhabited by Indigenous Australians for up to 21,000 years, with the principal group being the Ngunnawal people. European settlement commenced in the first half of the 19th century, as evidenced by surviving landmarks such as St John’s Anglican Church and Blundells Cottage. On 1 January 1901, federation of the colonies of Australia was achieved. Following a long dispute over whether Sydney or Melbourne should be the national capital, a compromise was reached: the new capital would be built in New South Wales, so long as it was at least 100 miles (160 km) from Sydney. The capital city was founded and formally named as Canberra in 1913. A blueprint by American architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin was selected after an international design contest, and construction commenced in 1913. Unusual among Australian cities, it is an entirely planned city. The Griffins’ plan featured geometric motifs and was centred on axes aligned with significant topographical landmarks such as Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie, Capital Hill and City Hill. Canberra’s mountainous location makes it the only mainland Australian city where snow-capped mountains can be seen in winter; although snow in the city itself is uncommon.

As the seat of the Government of Australia, Canberra is home to many important institutions of the federal government, national monuments and museums. This includes Parliament House, Government House, the High Court and the headquarters of numerous government agencies. It is the location of many social and cultural institutions of national significance such as the Australian War Memorial, the Australian National University, the Royal Australian Mint, the Australian Institute of Sport, the National Gallery, the National Museum and the National Library. The city is home to many important institutions of the Australian Defence Force including the Royal Military College Duntroon and the Australian Defence Force Academy. It hosts all foreign embassies in Australia as well as regional headquarters of many international organisations, not-for-profit groups, lobbying groups and professional associations.

Canberra has been ranked among the world’s best cities to live and visit. Although the Commonwealth Government remains the largest single employer in Canberra, it is no longer the majority employer. Other major industries have developed in the city, including in health care, professional services, education and training, retail, accommodation and food, and construction. Compared to the national averages, the unemployment rate is lower and the average income higher; tertiary education levels are higher, while the population is younger. At the 2016 Census, 32% of Canberra’s inhabitants were reported as having been born overseas.

Canberra’s design is influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation. Its design can be viewed from its highest point at the Telstra Tower and the summit of Mount Ainslie. Other notable features include the National Arboretum, born out of the 2003 Canberra bushfires, and Lake Burley Griffin, named for the city’s architects. Highlights in the annual calendar of cultural events include Floriade, the largest flower festival in the Southern Hemisphere, the Enlighten Festival, Skyfire, the National Multicultural Festival and Summernats. Canberra’s main sporting venues are Canberra Stadium and Manuka Oval. The city is served with domestic and international flights at Canberra Airport, while interstate train and coach services depart from Canberra Railway Station and the Jolimont Centre respectively. City Interchange is the main hub of Canberra’s bus and light rail transport network.

Hotels and Accommodation in Canberra

There are all types of accommodation available in Canberra.  The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save

This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.

Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.

The Sebel Canberra Civic
1 review
197 London Cct, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2601, Australia
Avenue Hotel Canberra
1 review
80 Northbourne Ave, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2612, Australia
Mantra on Northbourne
1 review
84 Northbourne Ave, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2612, Australia

Canberra is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.

Accountants in Canberra


Dixon Advisory
1 review
Investing, Financial Advising
Level 1, 73 Northbourne Ave, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2601, Australia

Banks in Canberra



Cafes in Canberra


The Cupping Room
37 reviews
Coffee & Tea, Restaurants
Shop 1, #1, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2601, Australia
Mocan & Green Grout
27 reviews
1/19 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2601, Australia
3 reviews
Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch
9 Lonsdale St, Braddon Australia Capital Territory 2612, Australia
Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe
8 reviews
Patisserie/Cake Shop, Cupcakes, Cafes
Shop 8, 18 Lonsdale St, Braddon Australia Capital Territory 2612, Australia
Noodle Cafe
2 reviews
Chinese, Coffee & Tea
5 Garema Pl, Shop 5, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2601, Australia


Carpet Cleaners in Canberra


Dentists in Canberra



Doctors and Medical clinics in Canberra


You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.

Gananadha Siva Dr
1 review
Calvary Clinic, Mary Potter Ct, Suite 20, Bruce Australia Capital Territory 2617, Australia
The Clubhouse Hyatt Hotel Canberra
1 review
Kaye Pl, Yarralumla Australia Capital Territory 2600, Australia


Contact one of the Canberra Electricians below



Hospitals in Canberra



Mechanics in Canberra


The Battery Factory
1 review
Auto Repair
141 Newcastle St, Fyshwick Australia Capital Territory 2609, Australia

Newspapers in Canberra


Jamison Plaza News
1 review
Newspapers & Magazines, Cards & Stationery, Gift Shops
Shop A06 Jamison Plaza, Bowman St, Macquarie Australia Capital Territory 2614, Australia



Pest Control in Canberra




Plumbers in Canberra



Real Estate Agents in Canberra 



Restaurants in Canberra


Hog’s Australia’s Steakhouse – Canberra
6 reviews
143 London Circuit, Shop 16, Baileys Arcade, Canberra City Australia Capital Territory 2608, Australia
Capitol Bar and Grill
4 reviews
1 London Cct, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2601, Australia
The Cupping Room
37 reviews
Coffee & Tea, Restaurants
Shop 1, #1, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2601, Australia
Mezzalira on London
10 reviews
55 London Cct, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2601, Australia
Eighty-Six Restaurant
15 reviews
Unit 147, 22 Lonsdale St, Braddon Australia Capital Territory 2612, Australia

Schools in Canberra


Australian National University
1 review
Colleges & Universities
Ellery Cres, Acton Australia Capital Territory 0200, Australia
ANU College
1 review
Colleges & Universities
Building 95, Fulton Muir Building, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2601, Australia
Lavender Art Studios
1 review
Yoga, Art Schools
42 Townshend St, First Floor, Phillip Australia Capital Territory 2606, Australia


Solicitors in Canberra


Crown Alliance Financial Services
1 review
Mortgage Brokers, Estate Planning Law
Unit 2, 22 Napier Cl, Deakin Australia Capital Territory 2600, Australia


Supermarkets in Canberra 


1 review
Franklin St & Flinders Way, Griffith Australia Capital Territory 2603, Australia
2 reviews
Cafes, Grocery
23 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra Australia Capital Territory 2601, Australia
1 review
9-11 Edgar St, Ainslie Australia Capital Territory 2602, Australia
Old Bus Depot Markets
5 reviews
21 Wentworth Av, Kingston Australia Capital Territory 2604, Australia
1 review
Canberra Ave, Griffith Australia Capital Territory 2603, Australia


Vets in Canberra 


Weston Creek Veterinary Hospital
1 review
200 Badimara St, Waramanga Australia Capital Territory 2611, Australia


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