6.2 out of 10


-35.3566506854118 149.475560321021
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees


3/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Oct 16, 2019

"Lovely but strange"

Bungendore is the strangest place to live. Country town meets suburbia in a paddock.
The old town is charming (think early Southern Highlands NSW) and it could be really fantastic with some more investment, foresight and planning.
An interesting collection of great galleries and quirky shops, good IGA, great pub (The George), some OK cafes, one good restaurant (French) and then contrast this with some of the tackiest shops, cafes and ordinary restaurants you will ever experience.
Residents are a mix of local farmers, long time locals, and "FIFO" Defence workers and/or public servants. Interesting mix. Lots of families with young children. Great parks and reserves.
Housing is varied. There are some lovely old properties close to town and in Old Elmslea, but these are outnumbered by some pretty horrible and dejected rambly old homes. The new areas are largely dreadful; ugly, new and stark houses in dust bowls, next door to manicured mega-mansions. Lots of old cars, and trucks, and rubbish in people's yards. And every house seems to have one or more dogs; the majority of which never get walked.
In summary it is largely a country town with a choice of housing for everyone, perfectly position between Canberra and the coast.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

"A strange town"

Meh it's overated and very expensive. It has flat geography, oddly Captains Flat and Tarago (has nicer buildings and actually got hills/slopes) are much more interesting and you never hear about them.

I see nothing but guys looking like faggots (they dye their hair blue and pink) and the women are ugly and look like horses. All the families remind me of the cast of Modern Family.

People here don't live the country lifestyle. Yet the average Bungendorian would insist their quarter acre picket-fenced "property" with 2 kids, a dog and 9-5 Canberran APS career would insist they're living a rugged stockman lifestyle.......

Not the real country town everybody makes it out to be!
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5

"Watch out for the crazy locals"

Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Rural lifestyle so close to Canberra and the NSW South Coast"

If you're looking for a tree-change and can land a job in Canberra, Bungendore is a great pick. Just 40 mins into Canberra each day for work, and one hour the other direction through Braidwood to Bateman's Bay, Bungendore is perfectly positioned to provide you with a great country lifestyle.

The town itself may take a little while to charm you, but there is loads on offer like cafes, restaurants, pubs, local wineries, a public school and great community atmosphere.

Get in quick! Bungendore's proximity to Canberra makes it attractive and the prices are climbing as more and more people seek a country lifestyle with all the benefits of being so close to Canberra.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees