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Busted: The truth about Canberra's 20-minute driving myth

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20.04.2019

It's one of the lines we call on most when selling - and defending - Canberra to our interstate friends.

"It's 20 minutes to anywhere".

But guess what Canberra? I'm calling BS. And I'm also - controversially - calling on the entire city to stop using one of its overused "unique selling points" and start telling the truth.

Because I've done the hard yards. I took it upon myself to actually do the research. I visited obscure suburbs like Oxley, downright scary suburbs like Higgins and endured thousands of roadside election posters along the Tuggeranong Parkway in my quest for the truth.

Is it really 20 minutes to anywhere in Canberra?

Where else to test the outrageous claim so loved by Canberrans but by driving from the deep south to far north?

I fill up the tank of my Nissan X-trail (or Sex Trail as I lovingly refer to her) and start out at the graffiti-ed suburb sign of Banks, ACT. It's cold here, I guess given its proximity to Jindabyne, and I suddenly understand why Geocon recently named its new Tuggeranong development after the snow fields of Aspen.

The experiment starts in deep south at Banks, just a stone's throw from Cooma.

I set "Dunlop" on the GPS (I have to be vague because I literally have no........

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