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The 10 Best Suburbs to Live in Canberra

Preparing for your next big move? Here are our top picks for the best suburbs to live in Canberra in 2024.


Canberra continues to grow and is a hub for students, young families and professionals. With a swathe of suburbs all offering something a little different, there's a perfect fit for every demographic, too. Whether you’re looking to settle in bustling Braddon or somewhere a smidge quieter, you're bound to find just the spot in Canberra. With a burgeoning café scene, culture galore and amenities in spades, the nation's capital is having a moment. These are our picks for the 10 best suburbs to live in Canberra in 2024...

Dickson Wetlands


The leafy streets of Dickson offer a little bit of everything for those looking to settle into a suburb that's not just close to the city centre but to wetlands, dog-friendly ovals and bike trails too. As well as being a shopping precinct, dining destination and cafe hub, Dickson is well connected by both light rail and bus services. It's also a suburb well-equipped with amenities including the aquatic centre and the local library. 

Grant Crescent Griffith (Image Credit: Nick D)


In the prestigious inner south, Griffith is known for its tree-lined streets, café culture and handful of boutique shops. It’s walking distance to the Kingston foreshore and Fyshwick markets and surrounded by some of the top schools in Canberra.



Conveniently positioned just 15 minutes drive from the city centre, alongside the picturesque Molonglo River Reserve, Coombs allows residents to enjoy a breath of fresh air with nature reserves, play areas and parklands spurring endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Kambah Pool


As the largest suburb in Canberra, Kambah offers a diverse mix of properties spanning everything from mid-century to new builds. Surrounded by bushland, families can make the most of the natural Kambah Pool and an abundance of amenities including playgrounds, grocery stores and cafes. 

Barton (Image Credit: @melbindahodges via Visit Canberra)


Nestled on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, Barton is often considered Canberra’s most lifestyle-rich neighbourhood. Minutes from the city centre, its historic homes and government buildings sit along brand-new apartments. The suburb hums with activity both during the week and at weekends when locals flock to foodie markets and fine-dining institutions. Barton is also home to picturesque Telopea Park, one of the oldest parks in Canberra, with picnic spots and a playground for kids.



Crossing the park from Barton, trendy Kingston remains one of the city’s most coveted postcodes. Known for its leafy streets and bustling foreshore, the suburb combines political and industrial history (it’s one of the oldest suburbs in Canberra) with cultural delights, including shopping spots, arts precincts and a plethora of restaurants and bars. Mornings are spent walking or cycling along the lake then refuelling at one of its coffee roasters or artisanal bakeries. The famed Old Bus Depot Markets are held here each Sunday.

Braddon (Image Credit: Expedia UK)


Dubbed Canberra’s ‘hipster’ capital, Braddon remains a strong pick among young professionals and the fashionable set. Walking distance to the CBD, it’s known as a hotspot for food and wine, and hosts a line-up of independent fashion, homeware and design stores along Lonsdale Street. There are weekly village farmers’ markets each Sunday at Haig Park and easy public transport links via two light rail stops. The property scene is comprised of in-demand apartments, with much commercial and residential development underway.

Forrest (Image Credit: Andrew Watson via Getty Images)


Located in Canberra’s inner-south, the prestigious neighbourhood of Forrest is home to the Diplomatic precinct and Canberra’s “Golden Mile” on Mugga Way. This is a suburb of record-breaking property, where character-filled homes comprise large blocks and grand proportions. Residents can enjoy a dress-circle lifestyle with access to esteemed schools, the walking trails of Red Hill and everyday essentials at Manuka Village.

Lake Burley Griffin (Image Credit: Visit Canberra)


Adjacent to Capital Hill, the sought-after suburb of Yarralumla is characterised by its beautiful, leafy streetscapes punctuated by classic art deco homes. This premier suburb has a price tag to match, tightly held thanks to its proximity to the city, quality schools, shopping and cafes. It’s recognised for its plentiful green spaces and pretty parks, flanked by Lake Burley Griffin, giving locals endless opportunities for boating, paddling and picnicking by the water’s edge.

Yerrabi Pond (Image Credit: All Trails)


Considered one of the top spots to raise a family, Amaroo offers a vibrant neighbourly atmosphere. It has myriad green spaces, quiet and safe streets and a convenient shopping village with supermarkets, coffee shops and eateries. Lying roughly 25 minutes north of the city, residents have access to a good school, excellent sporting facilities and lovely playgrounds all contributing to the strong community spirit. Houses here are spacious and private, sitting on large blocks with backyards.

Doing your research on the best suburbs to live in Canberra and looking for more helpful property advice? Check out our explainer on what you should look out for when buying a house. Then, have a read of our guide on what to look for in a suburb before buying there.

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