Last winter we spent a very enjoyable weekend in Canberra and shared our Canberra discoveries in A weekend in Canberra – excitement and education for kids. We recently had another short break in Australia’s capital city and had more fantastic family fun.
Many Sydneysiders we chat to are dismissive of Canberra, but we’ve been impressed with the things to do and places to see, and it’s very easy to get around. Yes, the grid-style layout of the city isn’t exactly full of character; but the lake is pretty and there are interesting buildings (old and new).
A complaint we’ve heard about Canberra is that there isn’t any nightlife. If you’re reading this article, aimed at families relocating to Canberra, we don’t think the nightlife is going to be high on your list of priorities.
Here’s Mum pick of the most useful websites and online resources for families moving to Canberra;
Moving to Canberra: useful online resources
Canberra is Australia’s custom-made state capital city and life there is pretty orderly and well-organised – there’s no wonder information about moving to Canberra is also readily available and well structured.
You’ll also find a link to ACTuality, a site offering virtual tours of the city.
If you’re moving to Canberra in 2013, you’ll be joining the centenary celebrations – 100 years since Australia’s capital city was named. According to the Canberra 100 website, “The Centenary of Canberra celebrates the history and heritage of one of the most enduring planned cities in the world and at the same time highlights its lively present and bright future.” You’ll find a calendar of events and plenty of useful and inspirational information about the city on the Canberra 100 website.
More interesting reading to get a feel for living in Canberra is The RIOT ACT – “Canberra News, Views and Opinion”.
One of Australia’s most liveable cities
Canberra recently came second in a study of Australia’s most liveable and family friendly cities – these articles will help you get excited about your move;
Things to do with kids in Canberra
If you’re looking for inspiration regarding family activities and services Canberra’s Child is a free magazine available across the city; the online version is available here: Web Child Canberra.
Not surprisingly ACT Tourism’s Canberra pages are full of family fun, see things to do in Canberra.
Canberra-based relocation consultants
Auslocate specialise in Canberra relocation and offer family relocation services. Many Australia-wide relocation firms can support your move to Canberra – if you have used or know of a local service please share the details in the comments below.
Canberra blogs and Facebook pages
A useful blog and Facebook page to follow if you’re moving to Canberra is Her Canberra. Her Canberra is a website for women of the Canberra region and also includes articles relating to family life in Canberra.
Other useful pages include;
- 365 things to do with kids in Canberra
- Canberra Parents – online community to meet other Canberra parents
- Secret Canberra is a good page to follow for local news, images and discussion.
Expat and relocation forums
There are a number of online forums that help expats with the transition to life in Australia; we recommend Poms in Oz Canberra threads if you’re moving to the ACT state capital.
Share your favourite moving to Canberra websites, facebook pages and blogs
As always, if you have recently moved to Canberra, or have lived in Canberra for years, please share your favourite Canberra websites, facebook pages and blogs in the comments below. We’re also happy to hear from businesses offering services that would be useful to relocating families. Thank you.
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