Sydney is arguably the most famous city in Australia. It is often mistaken for the capital of Australia and is in perpetual competition with Melbourne for which is the best city. Birth place of Hugh Jackman, Toni Collette, and Elle Macpherson, Sydney is the most populous city in Australia, with almost 4.6 million Sydneysiders.
That’s right the inhabitants of Sydney are called Sydneysiders!
According to Business Insider, at the end of 2012 Sydney is the 15th most expensive city in the world, however according to Forbes it is also a 16th best paid city in the world. Sydney property market is the least affordable in the country. As of September 2009, Sydney had the highest average house price of any Australian capital city at $636,822, and an average unit price of $500,000. Sydney also has the highest rent prices of any Australian city at $450 a week. However according to recent reports from the Housing Industry Association, the conditions will improve as the percentage of houses built increases consistently.
One has probably heard of the famous Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Hyde Park and Bondi beach, but we would also encourage you to visit the Chinese Gardens of Friendship, Manly beach and the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. For eating and drinking make sure you visit Bodhi restaurant and Bourke Street Bakery, followed by Coogee Bay Hotel, just off the road from the Coogee beach to watch a game, eat, dance or have an open-mic night.
While shopping holds an appeal we would recommend you go to one of the numerous shopping streets and department stores in city center including Pitt Street, George Street, Market Street. If you’re looking for major international brand name label The Strand Arcade and Queen Victoria Building are the places to go. The best place for bargain hunting is usually Chinatown. A popular shopping destination for students is the inner western suburbs like Newtown and Glebe and also for tourists to pick up some presents for home. Visit some of Sydney’s harbour eastern suburbs, like Double Bay for shopping in exclusive and expensive boutiques.
If you are in the city for more than just a holiday finding a reliable bank, closest hospital and good school is very important. Major authorised foreign banks in Sydney include Citigroup, UBS Australia, Mizuho Corporate Bank, HSBC Bank Australia and Deutsche Bank or any of the other 90 banks which headquarters are bases in Sydney.
Some of the biggest hospitals to consider are Kings Cross Travellers Clinic, St Vincent’s Hospital and Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital.
Choosing a school for your children may not be as easy as you think. Sydney presents a choice of public schools, private schools and some prestigious GPS schools, such as Shore, Kings, St. Ignatius and CAS schools, such as Knox, Barker and Trinity, which usually have a waiting list for a number of years.
Throughout the year we would recommend you visit any of Sydney’s numerous internationally known museums and galleries, such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the White Rabbit Gallery, Brett Whiteley Studio, Museum of Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum, in addition to the numerous thriving commercial galleries.
In January you can enjoy a Sydney Festival, Australia’s largest arts festival, followed by Big Day Out, a music festival which originated in Sydney but now travels all over the country. The Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras along Oxford Street is considered to be one of the best pride parades in the world. Film lovers would enjoy the Sydney Film Festival for 12 days in June. Sculpture by the Sea is another great outdoor exhibit that we would definitely recommend which is great for modern art lovers and families that want to spend a great day outdoors.
Arguably the most popular sport in Sydney is rugby league; however you can also find Aussie rules football, rugby union and soccer. Cricket is the most popular summer sport, but you can also find a National Basketball League, including a strong women’s basketball team, Sydney Uni Flames, a field hockey team, and even two ice hockey teams, so you are likely to find a great team to support, whatever your preferred type of sport is.
Sydney is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a diverse population, a rich history, world famous tourist attractions and an exciting calendar of events to suit any preferences. Get to experience the character of this beauteous city and feel free to share your impressions or photos on our Facebook page.