Moynul Hoque and his wife Zafrin Sultana and son Taif Mashroor at the new suburb of Jacka, in Gungahlin. Photo: Rohan Thomson
While Canberra has long been regarded a car-centric city, in the centenary year there are at least 100 good reasons to drive one.
It now costs about $100 to travel by taxi from one end of the city's suburban sprawl to the other.
And a bus trip between the southernmost street in Banks and the northernmost in Gungahlin takes at least 2½ hours through 70 bus stops. Canberra's urban sprawl now extends about 45 kilometres from north to south, but is set to get larger under plans to develop the rest of Gungahlin.
GREEN OASIS: Banks resident Nathan Spinaze with his daughter Jemima, 2, at a local park. Photo: Rohan Thomson
The federal government recently approved the development of the last available tracts of land up to the ACT-NSW border while setting aside significant sections for conservation. When the northernmost suburbs of Jacka and Taylor are constructed, it could take close to an hour to drive to the southernmost point in Banks.
In 2013 the shortest route between Crespin Place in Banks and Roden Cutler Drive in the developing suburb of Jacka would take about 45 minutes to drive.
According to the ACTION trip planner, the same journey takes more than three hours on the weekend.
A taxi quote estimates a ride from the southern sprawl to the northern would cost about $90 for weekday trips before 9pm and more than $100 at other times - not including additional time-based charges.
Travelling to the city from either Jacka or Banks takes more than an hour on the bus and a taxi would set residents back at least $60 from the south or $40 from the north.
But those who live on the edge of the territory's urban sprawl are quite happy to be on the capital's fringe.
Moynul Hoque, Zafrin Sultana and seven-year-old Taif Mashroor are excited they will soon be residents of one of the last suburbs to be developed in Gungahlin.
The family, who are renting in Palmerston, bought a townhouse in Jacka's ParkView development and hope to move in soon.
Mr Hoque said he ended up living in Gungahlin four years ago when he first arrived in the ACT on a skilled migrant visa.
His family joined him from Bangladesh and they soon realised the top of Canberra was the perfect place for them.
Mr Hoque said they were excited to move into a new suburb on the edge of the capital after spending about seven months choosing where to buy a home.
"Initially I found it a little bit quiet because I'm from a very populated country. Then after living here a while I found that Canberra is an ideal place to raise kids," he said.
Mr Hoque said Gungahlin was a booming area and, being close to everything, was a fantastic place for the couple to raise their son.
Across the territory, the Spinaze family of Banks moved to the suburb almost 13 years ago for its wide open spaces, big blocks and backyards, mountain views and trees.
Nathan and Ruth Spinaze picked the southernmost suburb in Canberra as the place to raise their three children, Hannah, 13, Immanuel, 10, and Jemima, 2.
Mr Spinaze said the couple had looked at the north side, but had preferred the open layout of Tuggeranong over the "closed-in feel" of the newer suburbs.
"You've got more trees down here - that was another reason to buy here. You go to all the new suburbs on the top side and all the trees are about knee-height," he said.
Mr Spinaze said apart from logistical issues brought on by after-school activities, the public transport was fine and all services were within easy reach.