Are you looking to live in Sydney or ever wondered what it’s like?
I’ve been in Sydney now for over two years and it’s been a whirlwind experience, offering an endless list of things to do and see.
I admit I have a love hate relationship with the ‘Harbour City’. I love how alive and beautiful she is, but I also hate how high maintenance she can be.
Find out what my pros and cons are for living in Sydney in the below video:
Pro: Sydney has a vibrant lifestyle
One thing Sydney is renowned for is its lifestyle. The place is always buzzing with activity and events happening across the city.
It seems like every couple of weeks there’s a new event or festival. For instance, currently Vivid Sydney is on, and previous to that we had Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year and month long Valentines Day celebrations.
Also there’s a ton of sights to explore such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Cockatoo Island, Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Chinese Garden of Friendship and Sydney Botanical Gardens.
And, don’t get me started with how many restaurants, cafes, pop-ups and bars are in Sydney – there’s simply too many.
Con: Cost of living is painful
With a stellar lifestyle comes with a hefty price tag, Sydney is an expensive town to live in. It wasn’t ranked the fifth most expensive city in the world and the most expensive city in Australia by the Economist Intelligence Unit for nothing.
From groceries, movie tickets, clothing and alcohol – majority cost more in Sydney compared to other Aussie cities.
Also the median price of property in Sydney is at the $1 million dollar mark. This is quiet remarkable as Australia’s “wage growth remains weak”, and the Reserve Bank of Australia expects a period of low wage growth for 2015.
Renting seems no better either with a studio to one-bedroom apartment costing a minimum of $450 to $550 a week. And, be warned a lot of these properties aren’t anything special. Expect shared laundries, old interiors, old buildings and no parking.
Pro: Sydney is a stunning city
As the city is built around the harbour it offers breathtaking ocean views. Also the weather is moderate with an average year round temperature from 16-26 degrees.
The biggest draw card to Sydney is its close proximity to some of the world’s best beaches. In under 10km you can get from the city to Bondi, Coogee or Bronte.
Also a little further out and you can access other renowned beaches such as Manly, Freshwater, Palm Beach and Cronulla.
Con: Getting around is a nightmare
As Sydney relies heavily on cars and buses – traffic is dreadful. During peak times or when there’s an accident, rain and a long weekend coming up, the city goes into complete gridlock.
A recent transport audit report even confirms this, finding Sydney has seven of the top eight worst/most-congested roads in the country.
The city does have trains however the lines are inflexible compared to those systems in New York, London and Tokyo etc. There are ferries but services are limited and fares are a bit expensive. For example, the Manly to/from Circular Quay ferry is $7.18 one way compared to a $4.50 bus journey.
Do you or have you lived in the Sydney? Tell us what your pros and cons were for living in Sydney?