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Australia’s capital and her largest inland city, Canberra, has been on the global map for decades. A favoured destination of Kiwis looking to cross the ditch, the city truly is a wonderful place to live in and explore. Canberra is sure to fascinate you and spoil you with choices.

From the world-renowned exhibitions at Australia’s National Gallery to the sombre Australian War Memorial, the city is a traveller’s delight as well as a great place to live. The city was only founded recently in 1913 when Sir Walter Burley Griffin (an American architect) won a design contest. The location was marked because it fell halfway between Sydney and Melbourne thereby making it a highly convenient destination.

If you are a Kiwi thinking about moving to Canberra, then here’s some general information that may help you make your decision.

It’s all in the name

If you are moving to a city then it’s good to understand the origins of its name. The city itself is famous worldwide for its bushlands, and it’s the only major Australian city not situated on the coast. Because of this, the locals sometimes affectionately call it “The Bush” capital. However, not a lot of people know the exact origins. The native peoples of this region, the Ngunnawal, have been living here for more than twenty thousand years and are considered the original caretakers and custodians of the land.

The name “Canberra” comes from their local language which is said to roughly translate to “meeting place” or perhaps “women’s breasts”. While the former translation seems closest, views of Mt Ainslie and Black Mountain gives some sense to the latter.

Moving around inside the city is a breeze

If you don’t own a car, you have no transportation worries as moving around in the city is easy. The streets are very pedestrian-friendly so you can just walk between places or cycle between them. The bus routes and the ACTION bus network are also very efficient and with a MyWay card, it is the best way to travel. If you want to bypass all the hustle and bustle, there are several trails inside the city which you can follow between the High Court of Australia, Reconciliation Palace, and the Old Parliament House at Questacon—a lovely scenic way to get to work in the morning.

Welcome to Australia’s wine country

If you consider yourself a connoisseur of wine, then you have landed in the right place. The city has an array of exceptional wineries that are all within a short drive from the central business district (CBD). Producing some of the best high-country wines in the nation, the city has also been featured as the most sought-after wine trails in Australasia by Lonely Planet.

Home to a NASA communications base

Canberra has its very own NASA deep space communications base and is one of the three placed around the world. Situated in Tidbinbilla, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) provides continuous two-way contact via radio with spaceships exploring our star system. It also acts as a communication relay for deep space missions and played a pivotal role in contacting the Voyager I spacecraft. Just to put things in perspective, when the base made contact, Voyager I had already travelled farther than any human has in our entire history. Open seven days a week, you can soak in some magnificent views from up here.

Canberra has three sister cities

It’s three sister cities are the Japanese city of Nara, Wellington in New Zealand, and Beijing in China. These sister city relationships were established with the aim of bolstering education, community, and culture which was supposed to encourage trade between the countries. Over the years, this relationship has become part and parcel of Canberra’s storied history and rich cultural traditions.

Wellington has become the latest city to be part of this triad in 2016 while the Japanese city of Nara and Beijing have been since 1993 and 2000 respectively. You can experience the influence of this partnership at the annual Nara Candle Festival held at the Canberra Nara Peace Park. With several food stalls, markets, and cultural events, the festival is a nice way to while away a day.

Stay in some beautiful suburbs

Named by Lonely Planet as one of the most liveable cities in the world and the third-best to travel to, Canberra has some very beautiful neighbourhoods and suburbs. Most are within the vicinity of good schools, shopping malls, libraries, and bus stops, making the idea of moving there a very attractive one. Suburbs like Woden, Barton, and Yarralumla will afford you scenic views, are quiet, and tucked away.

Due to Canberra’s status as the political centre of Australia, there are suburbs are named after ex-Prime Ministers. The most recent one was the naming of a suburb in the new Molonglo Valley after the late Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Meanwhile, as a curveball to this discussion and a testament to an Aussie obsession, a street (Callister Street) in Theodore (a suburb) is named after Cyril Callister, the inventor of the Vegemite.

Secret tunnels and underground highways

Vast multi-level underground tunnels connect various government buildings. Although it’s a known fact to locals, what most don’t know is that there are supposedly a lot more tunnels that run beneath Lake Burley Griffin. Although numerous news articles have attempted to uncover all of Canberra’s underground secrets, none have found evidence to go on – yet.

Canberra is a great place to live

With a vibrant culture, a thriving food and wine scene, along with some fantastic people and stupendous scenery, living in Canberra is a definite yes. The laws and rules in Canberra are almost identical to New Zealand, so it’s an easy choice for Kiwis hopping over the ditch.

If you need help packing, shipping or storing your stuff, contact Ausmove. With years of experience and thousands of happy customers, Ausmove has the ability to ship your car, cat, and even the kitchen sink.

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