Great city

Pursue your dream job while living in a world-class city that suits your lifestyle.

We have world-class standards

Canberra is the best city in the world to live in according to the OECD. We have a safe, relaxed way of life that is family-friendly and offers all of life’s essentials in a vibrant, beautiful setting.

We are connected

We have the shortest commuting times of any Australian capital city. It’s easy to get around, whether by car, Uber, the bus, a new light rail, on a bike or walking. International travel is also seamless, with daily international flights.

We have a beautiful natural environment

Around 70 per cent of our city is national park or natural reserves, which is why Canberra is known as the bush capital. Canberra has golden autumn leaves and glorious spring blooms, and crisp sunny skies in winter. From the city you can even see the stars at night and the snow on the mountain tops of the Eastern Dividing Range!

We have a vibrant events calendar

Our city has plenty of events and cultural activities including food festivals, music festivals, balloon spectaculars, flower spectacles, pop-up art installations and heritage events. The surrounding region offers boutique wineries, historic townships, with the beach and ski fields only two hours away. Our city has fantastic foods, bars and restaurants recognised by the likes of the Good Food Awards and a mix of entertainment and shopping precincts.

We are healthy and active

Enjoy outdoor pursuits like mountain biking and triathlon facilities at Mount Stromlo, sailing or running around Lake Burley Griffin, a picnic at the Cotter, hiking in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve or swimming at the Australian Institute of Sport.

We have world-class education institutions

We have an excellent education system, from pre-school and primary school through to high school, college, and university or vocational training. Australia’s highest-ranked university is in the ACT.

Further information

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