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12 more ways to know you’re a Canberran…

Hayley O'Neill

When it comes to calling yourself a local, just how and when do you know you’ve made the grade? To outsiders, Canberra is full of roundabouts, public servants and politicians; but there is way more to Canberra than they think. We had so many responses to our first article You know you’re a Canberran when that with our readers’ help we’ve whipped up another 12 more ways to know you’re a Canberran…


“Your retail loyalty cards are used for both shopping, and scraping ice off your windscreen to get there.” – Chrissy Dupe


“You plan a day trip with friends…to go across the border to Spotlight in Queanbeyan”. Lorraine Lamb


“You’ve watched the kid on the Blumers television ad grow up.” – Hayley O’Neill


“You know you can leave cold food in your car for a while during winter because the temperature outside is about the same as inside your fridge – or colder…” – Michelle Brotohusodo


“Sitting at the traffic lights, you understand that green means go, orange means go faster and red means only the next three cars can pass.” – Chantelle Reid


“You’ve said ‘But at least it snows sometimes,’ when people ask you how you deal with the cold in Canberra – knowing full well it rarely ever snows…” – Michelle Brotohusodo


“You spend your holidays on the South Coast and recognise every second person, because half of Canberra is holidaying there, too!” – Michelle Swadling


“Everytime you hear the word Kingsleys you immediately think ‘Unbelievable Chicken, Awesome Chips’.” – Beatrice Smith



“You think four hours is a completely reasonable amount of time to wait for a ‘freakshake’ at Pâtissez” – Amanda Whitley


“The first sight of rain causes Canberrans to lose all common sense and driving ability and decide to start tailgating.” – Belinda Neame



“You’re still a ‘Canberra Milk Kid’ and know the song off by heart.” – Hayley O’Neill



“When you drive to Sydney and put the windows down in excitement that it’s 15 degrees outside.” –  Jose Walsh


Any more to add? Leave them in the comments below. 

GIF images sourced from Giphy.com. Feature image courtesy of Canberra Milk.


Hayley O'Neill

Hayley O’Neill is a Canberra based fashion stylist and fashion editor for HerCanberra. Hayley works as a freelance stylist at Westfield Belconnen and Woden and began her career styling for The Work Diaries blog. Hayley has lots of experience dressing real people with every size, age, budget and body shape. More about the Author

  • Sandra Marie

    When your in Melbourne for conference and 14 degrees is to warm, for the clothes you packed. which means you “had” to go shopping

  • Rachel Fox

    You don’t get lost when using the big roundabouts.

  • Carole Nomarhas

    You do not stop at STOP signs, however you do stop at merging lanes (because you don’t have a clue how to merge). Oh, and you swear by the Canberran oath that you will not, ever, let another drive change into your lane if you can help it.

  • Billie Beatrice Rebel Ackroyd

    You worry about driving at dawn and dusk because you might hit a roo.

  • Dian Smith

    Peak hour lasts only about 15mins and you know it takes about 30mins to get to most places in canberra.

  • You know what frozen custard is, can’t believe the rest of Australia (or the world) hasn’t heard of it and truly believe Canberra invented it