Sydney remains the most popular Australian city to visit and boasts a wealth of attractions as well as sun-kissed beaches, great shopping, a hot and sunny climate and some of the best living conditions in the world! But when considering whether to move to Sydney you need more than sentimental statements, you need cold, hard facts and that’s just what we aim to do in this brief guide to living in Sydney.
Sydney might have been trumped by Melbourne in the EIU’s Most Liveable City report but it still came a respectable 6th with an overall score of 96.1 based on living costs, accessibility, cleanliness and general standards of living. Some points were lost to Melbourne because of the fact that Melbourne remains a cheaper place to live but Sydney certainly makes up for this in plenty of other areas.
Sydney enjoys 340 sunny days a year, which is probably 340 days more than the UK! According to the Bureau of Meteorology, summer temperature highs are 25°C whilst winter lows are 9°C. Generally speaking the closer you are to the sea the cooler the temperature with a nice sea breeze. If you happen to live further inland then temperatures rise by about 2-5 degrees in the summer and cool down by a further 2 degrees in the winter. Remember that these are average temperatures which mean that you will get hotter and colder days, not to mention the storms, bushfires, tornados etc but for some people that’s all part of the thrill!
Places to Go
Sydney has so many attractions that it’s almost impossible to cram them all into one paragraph so a couple of musts:
– Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
– a more unusual way to see this famous attraction up close.
– Catch a show at the Sydney Opera House
– Stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens
– Soak up the sun at Bondi Beach
– Quench your thirst at the Shady Pines Saloon – Sydney’s worst kept secret bar!
Where to Live
According to property website realestate.com.au who asked thousands of Sydney dwellers to rate their own areas back in 2010, the best places to live in Sydney are the north and south west suburbs. The western areas of Kings Langley, Glenmore Park and Hoxton Park were voted at top of the list for families with friendly neighbours, quiet streets and plenty of walks.
If you want to be close to the beach and to nature then head down south towards Kirrawee which was also rated by voters on the site.
Illawong and Sydney CBD were voted as the best area for young singletons who want plenty of nightlife options, restaurants and shops.
To see what locals are saying about Sydney head for Local Voices on the Real Estate website.
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