While it is the capital of the nation, Canberra tends to get a bad rap as a liveable city.
Whether because of its inclement climate or strong government association, it hasn't traditionally been regarded as more than the parliamentary home of Australia. But perceptions are changing.
In 2016, Canberra was recognised among the top-ranked liveable cities in the world and its liveability factor continues to increase.
What makes it sensational?
With an abundance of accessible green space, picturesque natural environment, and rich bushland settings, Canberra is known to be a leader when it comes to respecting sustainability and adapting to climate change. In fact, it is dubbed as the cycling capital of Australia.
With a population just short of 400,000, the city boasts a strong-linked community and its economy continues to prosper with ample opportunities to work and invest across a range of sectors.
What's to love?
Canberra's milder weather makes it perfect for those looking to settle in a city that manifests all four seasons distinctly. Its proximity to Sydney also means residents can enjoy the cosmopolitan city without needing to become entrapped in the hustle and bustle of the big smoke.
Combine all this with leafy streets, family-friendly amenities, a thriving café culture, and a plethora of festivals and events, and there isn't much to despise - if anything at all.
Do you need a car?
Within the city, public transport is by bus, taxi and light rail. While many opt to travel by car, the light rail and eco-friendly bike paths make travel within the CBD relatively easy.
Where to live if you. . .
With a median house price of $745,000, Amaroo is one of the most family-friendly suburbs in Canberra due to its low crime rate, affordability, access to education and extensive sporting facilities. Take a look at what you might find in the suburb here.
Characterised by its vast, open green lands and nature reserves, Red Hill is on the more affluent end of family-friendly suburbs. A seven-minute drive from the city centre, every household is close to parklands and education facilities. The median house price is $1.38 million.
The affluent suburb of Forrest is located about a four-minute drive from the city centre, adjacent to Capital Hill. With a median house price of $2.8 million, the vast majority of residents have parklands within close proximity of their homes. See some examples here.
Want to get ahead of the market:
Braddon's median house price is only $450,000, with the suburb known as the hipster-ville of Canberra. Located an 11-minute drive from the city centre, it prides itself on its coffee roasters and food trucks as well as its closeness to parklands, making it a popular place for the younger generation. Check out some of the homes on the market here.
Are here for a good time not a long time:
Still not sold on the idea of staying in Canberra long-term? An apartment in the highly sought-after suburb of Barton will not only see you within a stone's throw from the CBD, but will have you relishing in the luscious greenery and natural wonders that the garden city is acclaimed for. With a median rental price of $550/week, you'll be able to soak up all the beauty this capital has to offer in style and comfort.