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You know you’re a Canberran when

Laura Peppas and Hayley O'Neill

There’s an episode of How I Met Your Mother where Robyn, a former Canadian, says she can now call herself a New Yorker because she’s been living there for years. Her friends beg to differ – they argue she can’t officially call herself a New Yorker until she’s stolen a cab off someone else, crushed a cockroach with her bare hands, cried on a subway and spotted Woody Allen. So we tasked our writers to come up with Canberra’s own version of those moments when you can truly call yourself a Canberran. We had so many responses, this may have to be a series, but for now here’s our top 12…


“You know how to pronounce Manuka (Mah-na-ka), Monaro (Mon-aero) and Canberra correctly (Can-bra).” – Michelle Brotohusodo and Roslyn Hull



“You live Northside and meet someone who lives Southside, and despair that you are never going to be friends because of the distance.” – Martina Taliano



“The idea of catching a bus from Tuggeranong to Crace gives you heart palpitations.” – Nip Wijewickrema




“Spotting the Prime Minister on his morning run is no big deal, but the opening of a new cafe or restaurant is the BEST NEWS EVER.” – Laura Edwards




“You find The Roundabout Crew’s video “Shit nobody says in Canberra” extremely relatable.” – Hayley O’Neill


“You still get way too excited that we finally have the chance to attend our own fashion week.” – Martina Taliano




“It’s the end of the world if you’re sitting in traffic and not moving for longer than three minutes.” – Laura Edwards



“You can hold a conversation almost completely made up of acronyms (DFAT, ATO, etc) and it feels completely normal.” – Michelle Brotohusodo




“You can’t get over the novelty of FREE plastic bags when you cross the border to NSW.” – Natassja Hoogstad Hay




“You only go shopping in Civic on Sundays because it’s $2 all day parking – and the cost of parking on other days could buy you lunch or a t-shirt.” – Martina Taliano




“You come across kangaroos while walking the dog, and your dog is so used to them he completely ignores them.” – Wendy Johnson 




“You get to a point during winter where you’re perfectly okay going outside wearing a jacket that looks like a sleeping bag and snow boots.” – Michelle Brotohusodo


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

GIF images sourced from Feature image of The Skywhale courtesy of Patricia Piccinni.


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author


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

  • The merrymaker sisters

    All extremely hilarious! 🙂

  • Cathy Dearnley

    You can pull off a ‘canberra maneuver ‘without putting down your mobile phone. (The canberra maneuver is when you turn left from the further most right lane cutting across as many lanes as possible. Adelaide Ave is great for the canberra maneuver )

  • Jess Brown

    You know your in Canberra when no one indicates until they are turning the corner.

  • Megan Lamaro

    All Canberrans overtake and get back in the left hand lane afterwards.

  • Megan Lamaro

    Canberrans always move into the right hand lane when someone is merging.

  • Hilarious and so true! And you know you’re a Canberran when you can’t get a park near the front door….you drive off.

  • Jamie t

    Bit rough ripping of cbr music blog :/

    • Amanda Whitley

      Jamie, we didn’t rip of CBR Music Blog. We started work on the post two days before that article was posted (which I provided proof of on Facebook yesterday – read the comments here: It really was a case of two quite similar ideas happening at around the same time…

  • Mark McIntosh

    You wear out your front left tyre because of round abouts.

  • Tania S

    You go outside during winter not wearing a jacket as it isn’t really that cold!