18 March 2016
Recently ranked as number 10 in Mercer’s 2016 list of most liveable cities, Sydney continues to grow in popularity; each year, almost 10 million visitors stay in the harbour city, and each day, more than 600,000 visitors come into the city and the inner city to see the sights, shop and explore. With the population of this sprawling metropolis predicted to top 5 million this year, here are 10 reasons to consider jumping on the bandwagon and moving to Sydney.
Sydney is surrounded by water, and the sparkly azure waters of Sydney Harbour are some of the most picture-perfect. With more than 200km of harbour foreshore, it’s dotted with pretty harbour islands, and is the setting for a plethora events including boat races and, of course, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
It may sound like a small thing, but it can make the difference between fantastic day out and a day that’s just kind of ok. Sydney’s weather is spectacular at best, and pleasant, moderate, yet still with four seasons that kind of…lazily give way to each other, at worst. Move here and you’ll quickly grow accustomed to generous, lengthy summers, mild winters and sunny days.
A day at the beach is a favourite Aussie pastime, and Sydneysiders are no exception. From the ever-popular and iconic shores of Bondi, to the surfer-friendly breaks of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Sydney’s beaches are more than just a major tourism draw; they’re a way of life. Don’t miss the tranquil secret beaches near the harbour, Sydney’s awesome outdoor rock pools and the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Move to Sydney and you’ll have the chance to explore them all, from Palm Beach to Cronulla.
The arts and cultural calendar in Sydney is the envy of most of the country, and with good reason. From the Sydney Festival to the fabulous light displays of Vivid Sydney, there’s a multitude of awesome arts and cultural events in Sydney each year, as well as great galleries, museums, gigs and performances; there’s always something going on.
Covering more than 12,000 square kilometres, and with more than 500 neighbourhoods, each with their own distinctive character, choosing which part of Sydney to live in can be overwhelming in the very best way. And with more residents born overseas than anywhere else in Australia, Sydney is diverse, multicultural city, which makes it easy to meet new people, have new experiences, and find a place to call home.
Sydney is the best city in Australia for those who have intrepid tastebuds. In the mood for a bowl of steaming Vietnamese pho? Head to Marrickville or Cabramatta. Craving Chinese? Visit Ashfield, Strathfield, Chatswood or Chinatown for plump dumplings and freshly-cooked seafood. After Middle Eastern Fare? You only need to journey to Lakemba, Punchbowl, Granville, Auburn, or even Surry Hills’ Cleveland Street for delicious falafel, creamy garlic dip and succulent skewered meats. There’s so much to experience and eat in Sydney, you could eat your way around its many vibrant neighbourhoods for months and barely scratch the surface.
Sydney is blessed with a string of buzzing local weekend markets that makes shopping and browsing a true pleasure. Head to the Glebe Markets for clothes and great gifts, Rozelle Markets for antiques and vintage clothing, the Rocks Markets for handmade finds, and the Carriageworks Famers’ Market for delicious local produce.
Sydney rivals Melbourne with its cafe offering, and the coffee here is some of the best in the world. Head to Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Alexandria and Newtown for some of the city’s best brews, from chic laneway holes-in-the-wall the vast industrial warehouse cafes. Must-visits include Mecca, Sample Coffee and Gumption.
Day trips and weekends away departing from Sydney are numerous, and there are some beautiful places to explore, many even accessible by public transport; which makes for a cheap day out. Head to the the stunning Blue Mountains for bushwalks and to see the Three Sisters rock formation, spend a weekend on the South Coast exploring its beaches and national parks, or sign up for a wine tour of the Hunter Valley. All are within a couple of hours’ drive of the city.
With Sydney Harbour as the spectacular setting and the Sydney Harbour Bridge as its centrepiece, New Year’s Eve is the biggest party in Sydney, and arguable, the best celebration of its kind in the world. With a different theme each year, fireworks light up the city in epic display synchronised to music which has to be seen to be believed.