7.3 out of 10


-35.3735866259356 149.23550038782
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees


Jun 09, 2019


Karabar is the bogan outskirts of the bogan town of Queanbeyan. It has a few amenities including a dog park where one of my friends dogs became sick from eating drugs left on the ground, and a small cluster of shops where you’ll find a lot of swearing children spend their time.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Apr 26, 2019

"Relax and quiet living"

Fantastic family friendly place to live. Loved the big and new houses sorrounded by nature and mountain reserves as well as Queanbeyan river.

We moved to Queanbean from Weston Creek 3 years ago. Couldn’t be more happy. Karabar is a big area. Overall, the newer part is better than average Canberra suburbs no wonder why house price and rents both are actually higher here. Cookes and Fairlane estates of Karabar are great. We liked the semi rural feeling, well built massive houses (newer part), views, reserves, and the nice neighbors again compared to average Canberra suburbs.

Public transport isn’t great however we didn’t use that in Canberra either.

Sadly moving to Sydney now.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5

"Suburb has a bad rep because of one especially 'interesting' area, but there are some lovely parts"

Karabar is like the curate's egg, good in parts. I'd definitely avoid the top part of Southbar Road (near Karabar shops) and some of the roads coming off it are very 'interesting' too, but most other parts are either average or totally great. My road (near the river, off Dane Street) is a peaceful, friendly oasis, with lovely residents (a mix of singles, retired couples, young and older families, and young couples), mostly professional and houseproud. Property is much better value than over the border in the ACT. Local primary schools are excellent - I can't speak for Karabar High School but my neighbour says it's good.
  • Housing is good value compared with the ACT
  • Convenient for the ACT
  • Close to shops, schools, GP clinics etc (in Queanbeyan)
  • Southbar Road (down to the Scar at least) is scary
  • Nothing much for younger people to do (but the ACT is easily accessible)
  • Public transport stinks - buses are rare and very expensive, so you really need a car
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees