I was getting a bit jealous about seeing all the beautiful skylines from around Australia’s big cities so I thought I would post a shot of Canberra’s, albeit inadequate, skyline. people from inter-state may well laugh at the lack of real estate dominating the city’s sky, but just 4 years ago all of the buildings to the left of the crane didn’t exist and the two elevator shafts to the right are brand spankers. Even with its less than menacing appearance Canberra has somehow managed to secure itself as Australia’s least affordable city.
It seems that the populations growth is much faster than accommodation develpment and in these economic times I can only see things getting worse as I expect population growth to continue due to Canberra’s seemingly low unemployment rates and its ease of getting around town (truly its one of Australia’s best kept secrets minus a beach).
Its funny how things get out of perspective as I find myself bitching to my wife about how busy the place has gotten and how long it now takes to get to work (its a 40 minute drive from door to door, we live as far south as you can in Canberra and currently there are road works that add 10 minutes to the trip). I guess living here all your life seems to do that to you as you feel like you are starting to get some of the big city problems without any of the advantages or excitement that comes with a big city. Then I put it back into perspective and remember that its really only a 30 minute drive, I own and live in a nice house, I have a steady job and income and pretty much do what I like when I like (within reason). Its funny how everyone bags Canberra but the truth is those that have lived there and move away to places like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London etc very often return and don’t leave again until retirement.