It’s what pretty much all city dwellers want – cheap rent (or a smaller mortgage) and to live the city lifestyle whilst still having a short commute. And let’s be honest – Canberrans are already pretty spoilt in that department.
But some people seek an even cheaper cost of living in an area that’s just a little bit different from the big smoke of Canberrra, so they’ve begun to look for alternative areas to live – and the obvious choice is, well, Queanbeyan!
In our last article, we spoke about the rise of fast Internet and the e-change, and Queanbeyan was named as one of the ‘lifestyle towns’ being created by this phenomenon. So we decided to investigate the benefits of Canberra’s sometimes forgotten sibling, and see why more and more Canberrans are being lured across the border – you might be surprised by just how much Queanbeyan has to offer!
The Country Vibes Are Strong with This One
The town’s tagline ‘Country Living, City Benefits’ pretty much sums it up. Queanbeyan has the feeling of a small town, with many established residents and plenty of smiling faces greeting you as you go about your day; yet it’s only 5 minutes from Fyshwick and around 15 minutes from Kingston, Manuka and Lake Burley Griffin.
The town is established (homes in Queanbeyan date right back to the early 1800s!), but has undergone significant development to ensure it still keeps up with the modern age.
Earn Your Money and Save it Too
In Queanbeyan, rents and house prices can also be significantly cheaper than they are in Canberra, and there’s a huge range of housing options to choose from.
You can move to a brand new apartment in Queanbeyan Central, move into an older and cheaper unit in an area like Crestwood, go for a mix between rural and townie living in Googong, move onto land at Fernleigh Park or get yourself a stylish house in ‘Canberra’s best suburb’ of Jerrabomberra. Other areas to watch include Queanbeyan East, Greenleigh and Karabar.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
The Riverside Plaza shopping centre has all the essentials like a Coles, bakery, hairdresser, major banks and a Target, and it’s not much of a stretch to head over to Majura Park, where you’ll find things like Costco, Majura Park Shopping Centre and the newly developed Ikea.
The Canberra Outlet Centre is also only 5 minutes away in Fyshwick, and if you’re looking for all the big names in fashion, Civic is a 15 to 20-minute drive.
Oh – and there’s also one other little thing – Canberrans and Queanbeyanites alike can enjoy NSW’s Thursday night shopping in addition to the ACT’s Friday night version. Winning!
30 Minutes to Almost Anywhere
Canberra is expanding at a rapid rate, which has meant that Queanbeyan is now closer to Canberra than some of the ‘Berra’s own suburbs. It also has a distinct personality and attracts a different demographic, being a large country town that is located just minutes from the city. Queanbeyan is also very close to the coast, making going away for the weekend quick and easy.
A Foodie’s Paradise
Believe it or not, Queanbeyan has some delicious food to rival anything you’ll find in Braddon. While it may be a little more on the ‘hearty feed’ side of things than the ‘truffled crouton salad’ side, it’s just as delicious.
Many of the major pubs have been renovated and are plating up some decidedly chic versions of the old favourites, and new cafes are popping up everywhere, which sees many Canberrans crossing the border on the weekends.
Perspective can highly recommend the cinnamon toast at Central Café and fish and chips from The Royal – finer cuisines can barely be found, we assure you.
So Is Queanbeyan Canberra’s New Hot Spot?
We’re gonna call it – yep, pretty much! We still love Canberra, though.