Living in Queanbeyan-Palerang

Find your home among our diverse patchwork of city, suburban, and rural living opportunities. Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood and the surrounding villages offer a unique lifestyle that combines the best of both worlds, nestled between the national capital and the unspoilt NSW South Coast, with Sydney and the Snowy Mountains an easy drive away.

Our region supports residents with a range of community programs and easy access to medical, educational and vocational facilities.



Aerial view of Googong taken February 2023

With a large choice of of both government and private schools throughout the region and our close access to some of the country’s leading universities, there are education pathways to suit everyone. We have access to quality education and are part of the country’s leading knowledge economy.


With a lower cost of living than the ACT, Queanbeyan-Palerang offers affordable lifestyle benefits whilst being in close proximity to the major city of Canberra. Recent property development has also enabled a large range of housing choices in the area, new to old, small blocks to acreage, studios, units and townhouses. In addition, we have ribbons of green space including many recreational areas and playgrounds throughout all three of our major towns.



Sunken garden at Queanbeyan Park

Our region offers residents a range of recreation opportunities from national parks to sporting fields, swimming pools and sporting clubs. Our proximity to Canberra also ensures that local sport and recreation enthusiasts have access to some of the nation’s greatest recreational facilities. Steeped in creative culture, we are also home to a vast number of makers and professional artists, many of whom have a studio or gallery space in the region. We are also home to a strong performing arts community including theatre, music and dance as well as A-grade performance facilities including The Q in Queanbeyan and the National Theatre in Braidwood.



Royal Hotel at Qeuanbeyan taken at dusk

A thriving city on the NSW/ACT border, residents of Queanbeyan have the advantage of sharing their time between regional charm and the advantages and opportunities of our capital city. With major CBD redevelopments planned for the coming years, Queanbeyan is rapidly forging a reputation as a perfect place to live, work and play in Southern NSW. The city offers all the charm of a close-knit regional community with the benefits of a modern, smart city. Access to employment opportunities in multiple industries means Queanbeyan residents can stay a step ahead, and the diverse real estate offering provides choices for all stages of life.



Verandah at Carrington Inn in Bungendore

The town of Bungendore, near Canberra and with easy access to the NSW South Coast, offers a thriving town centre with strong retail, arts and hospitality sectors. With a constant flow of visitors travelling along the Kings Highway, Bungendore is set to continue to grow its reputation for a quality visitor and lifestyle experience. Residents of Bungendore enjoy a fantastic country lifestyle with access to all the opportunities and amenities of our capital city. The town has attracted many artists, hobby farmers, small business owners and creatives, and as a result, is a hotspot for galleries, boutique shopping and cafes. It has all the benefits of life in the country, with a short drive to a major city. The town continues to grow into a thriving, vibrant community, perfect for families with a great range of after school programs, parks, and educational facilities available.


Braidwood main street at dusk


The heritage town of Braidwood is the ultimate treechange within an hours drive from Canberra and the coast. It has attracted many hobby farmers, artists, historians and creators to the area. Making most of the opportunity, locals have delicately restored and preserved the precious 19th century buildings, introducing new businesses and reinvigorating the town’s traditional businesses. The region is also home to many successful farms and agribusinesses that use sustainable farming practices.