QUOTE (jayskette @ 25/11/2012, 09:35 PM)
If you have a young family and is concerned about commuting, work/life balance and security/crime from a big city, then Canberra is definitely for you.
This was us - it's been great from that perspective.
If you are an avid beachgoer you probably won't love Canberra, until you observe that we all leave the place like rats deserting a sinking ship every January. We're all down the South Coast then.
Housing is comparable in price to Sydney, but our crap boonie suburbs are really not that crap compared to the equivalent in Sydney or Melbourne. They're actually pretty good, in terms of culture, low crime and distance to the city.
Public transport stinks. The traffic is a dream. I am a city-dweller by nature and I simply miss the infrastructure and atmosphere of a big city - the busyness, the dirt, something as simple as the profile of the streets around me - I miss skyscrapers! But that's very much me, and there's as many people out there who would find the flatness and openness and the wide spaces of Canberra to be a breath of fresh air.
Socially, I think it's what you make it. A lot of people, especially those who do a stint in the PS, like to complain that we're insular but I think that's the case anywhere. It's more like three degrees of separation than six - everyone knows someone you know!
I'm referring to Canberrans as "we" so I must have acclimatised or something