Ask anyone thinking of living in Australia to tell you the name of the nation’s capital city and chances are they’ll tell you that it’s Sydney. Well it’s not! For those wishing to emigrate to Australia you need to brush up on your facts, the capital city is Canberra! It’s a bustling city of 336,000 inhabitants set in the Australian Capital Territory and surrounded by New South Wales. Canberra is 150 kilometres inland from the pacific ocean, and just a 3 hour drive from Sydney, 2 ½ hours from Australia’s snow fields and a couple of hours from some of Australia’s best beaches.
So what’s the attraction for expats wanting to emigrate to Australia? Why are they going to choose Canberra as their place to live down under?
Most importantly for expats emigrating to Australia, Canberra boasts one of the lowest levels of unemployment in the nation, with the median figure consistently under 3%. Put that beside the fact that workers in Canberra receive the highest average wages and employers are crying out for skilled and professional labour, and you can see why so many expats relocating to Australia choose Canberra as their final destination.
But it’s not just about work, it’s the lifestyle! Canberra offers expats living in Australia a list of attractions and entertainment options as long as a kangaroo’s tail! Attractions include the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Institute of Sport to name but a few. As you walk along the capital city’s tree lined streets you can follow the historical journey of this proud, young nation.
Canberra is also a young vibrant city of today, offering people living there the chance to enjoy great shopping, an exciting nightlife and stylish restaurants and cafes. The Old Bus Depot holds markets every Sunday where locals get the chance to browse through stalls of hand crafted jewellery, art and furniture. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy a little something to remind the folks back home what a great time you’re having living in Australia! Canberra is also the home of Canberra region cool climate wines, and surrounding the capital city are 140 vineyards and 30 wineries to explore.
For expats emigrating to Australia with children, Canberra offers the highest level of education in Australia. Canberra also boasts the highest retention rate of students completing secondary education as well as the highest percentage of students gaining entry into the University system in Australia. Within the next 3 years the Australian Capital Territory Government is also investing 90 million Australian dollars to upgrade schools in Canberra, and a further 20 million Australian dollars to provide schools with state of the art information technology systems.
Add to this a perfect climate with 4 distinct seasons, from glorious summer days in the mid 20’s which can be spent water skiing or canoeing on Lake Burley Griffin, to cool winter nights in front of the fire with a Canberran wine, and you can see why so many Brits are choosing Canberra as their new home when they emigrate to Australia.