Where to live in Australia? Sydney v Melbourne

For those of you who are planning to move down under, you may be wondering which is the best city or state to live in.

Over the next few weeks, you will find our take on each of the States and Territories, and their capital cities for your information.

Sydney v Melbourne

Everyone you speak with has a different view on which of these two cities is the better city to live in.

When choosing a place to live, there are some key factors to consider like climate and cost of living. Sydney definitely wins when it comes to climate. Sydney generally has warmer temperatures that are more sustained, and winters are typically mild and very pleasant. Melbourne is known for having four seasons in one day – its advisable to never visit Melbourne without both an umbrella and a warm jacket!

Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia when it comes to buying property and one of the most expensive cities in the world. But Melbourne isn’t too far behind and if buying a property is on your agenda, then it is recommended that you have a big budget if you’re hoping to buy in either Sydney or Melbourne.

Melbourne oozes culture and is home to some magnificent buildings and a multi-cultural lifestyle. There are so many hidden laneways to explore with beautiful street art and a 24/7 nightlife that Sydneysiders could only wish for. And the coffee in Melbourne is amongst the best in the world. Melbourne is also a sport-mad city, being home to the Australian Open Tennis tournament, the Melbourne Cup horse race as well as Australia’s only Formula One Race.

Which city has the better beaches? Without a hesitation of a doubt, Sydney is the clear winner here. It is home to some of the best beaches in the world – Bondi beach, Coogee, Manly and Balmoral amongst a few very popular with tourists. But if you aren’t a fan of crowds, there are so many quaint beaches to explore along with some beautiful coastal walks. Whilst Melbourne has the Mornington Peninsula and the very impressive Great Ocean Road, beaches are not as accessible and there are fewer to choose from.

And of course, Sydney is home to more of the internationally recognised landmarks: the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower Eye and Royal Botanic Gardens to name but a few.

So, which one is the best?

It would depend on your requirements, the job that you do and what is attracting you to Australia.

Whilst Sydney is the city of beautiful beaches and iconic landmarks, Melbourne is the cultural and sporting capital of Australia.

I recommend you check each of them out before making a decision on where you will settle.

Good luck with your move!

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