We've matched Sydney suburbs to their Canberra counterparts

We've matched Sydney suburbs to their Canberra counterparts

You’ve seen it on the Canberra Noticeboard a million times: ‘Hi everyone - we’re moving to Canberra in August and were wondering which are the best suburbs and schools to consider. We have an 8yo and 5yo and a 3yo Beagle. Grateful for any advice.’

In a bid to make it easier for Sydneysiders to make the move down to our fair capital, we’ve decided to do what should have been done years ago: match Sydney and Canberra suburbs by lifestyle and location. (It was way harder than we thought.)

Did we get it right?

If you live in Paddington, move to: Manuka.


When it comes to sophistication and elegance, Paddington and Manuka share the same ‘Rodeo Drive’ feel. Both suburbs are renowned for their boutique shops, trendy cafes, vibrant social scenes and eclectic architecture. Residents enjoy a high standard of living in both suburbs, surrounded by picturesque streets lined with heritage buildings.

Both Manuka and Paddington attract young professionals and families seeking a blend of convenience and charm. With their proximity to the city centre and array of cultural amenities, both suburbs stand as prime examples of urban living at its finest.

View Manuka's luxury listings.

If you live in Parramatta, move to: Belconnen.


Yes, we have a ‘Western suburbs’ option for people who prefer a sense of community and being close to a massive Westfield shopping centre. Both Belconnen and Parramatta serve as major commercial and cultural hubs outside the central business districts of their respective cities.

Each boasts extensive shopping, recreational facilities and diverse dining options. Both regions offer a range of housing options, from sky-high apartments to family homes. Bonus: GIO Stadium can easily swap in for Olympic Park.

View homes for sale in the Belconnen region.

If you live in Newtown, move to: Braddon.


Braddon and Newtown both exude a bohemian charm, offering an eclectic mix of cafes, bars, retail and art spaces. Known for their alternative cultures and vibrant street art, both suburbs appeal to a younger demographic seeking vivid lifestyle. Both areas have undergone gentrification in recent years, attracting a creative community while retaining their unique identities.

View homes for sale in Braddon, ACT.

If you live in Mosman, move to: Yarralumla.


If it’s leafy streets, waterfront views and prestigious homes you’re after, look no further than one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs: Yarralumla. Like Mosman, it offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and boasts a sense of exclusivity you won’t find in other Canberra suburbs.

Luxurious properties nestle among lush greenery in Yarralumla and residents enjoy a high standard of living, including being close to nature reserves and many fine dining options.

View the luxury listings of Yarralumla, ACT.

If you live in Balmain, move to: Kingston.


Located on the waterfront, both suburbs boast stunning views of iconic bodies of water (one an ocean, one a lake, but you get the drift) and a relaxed vibe. Residents enjoy leisurely strolls along the wharf, waterfront dining, and a thriving arts scene.

Both Kingston and Balmain have undergone revitalisation in recent years, attracting young professionals and creatives seeking a laid-back lifestyle with easy access to the city centre. The Kingston Pub (the Kingo) could easily swap in for the Balmain Hotel.

View homes for sale in Kingston, ACT.

If you live in Chatswood, move to: Gungahlin.


What on earth do Chatswood and Gungahlin have in common? Well, for a start, they’re both thriving residential and commercial centres with excellent transport links and diverse communities. Both are also known for their modern developments, bustling shopping centres, reputable schools and recreational facilities.

View homes for sale in the Gungahlin region.

If you live in Glebe, move to: O’Connor.


Welcome to the epitome of inner-city living. If you’re used to the historic charm, tree-lined streets and incredible location of Glebe, you’ll love finding all of those things in O’Connor. Both suburbs offer a strong sense of community, and are located just minutes from luxury shopping in the city and weekend farmer’s markets.

Historic homes mingle with modern apartments in 2037 and 2602, catering to a mix of professionals, academics and families seeking a laid-back lifestyle.

View homes for sale in O'Connor, ACT.

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