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Canberra, Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Canberra, Australia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Canberra?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Canberra, they said:

"Canberra, the capital city of Australia, is known for its high quality of life, clean environment, and excellent education system. Before moving to Canberra, expats should know that the city has a relatively high cost of living compared to other Australian cities. The city is well-planned and organized, with a good public transportation system, but owning a car can be beneficial for convenience. Canberra has a strong job market, particularly in the public service sector, as it is home to many government departments. The city has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, and it can get quite cold in winter. English is the main language spoken in Canberra, but the city is multicultural, and many other languages are spoken as well. Canberra is a family-friendly city with plenty of parks, museums, and recreational activities. The city is also known for its vibrant food and wine scene, with many restaurants, cafes, and wineries. Healthcare in Canberra is of a high standard, with a mix of public and private healthcare services available. Renting a property in Canberra can be competitive, so it's advisable to start looking for accommodation as early as possible. Finally, it's important to note that Canberra is a relatively quiet and laid-back city, which may be a big change for those used to a bustling city life," remarked one expat who made the move to Canberra.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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