Melbourne or Sydney: Which city should you relocate to?
If you’re looking for a change of scenery and you’re torn between living in Melbourne or Sydney, there are a few things you should consider first. They’re both beautiful cities with great beaches, shops, cafes and events. Making a decision can be tough! It requires comparing a number of factors such as the cost and quality of living, as well as weighing up other important considerations to help you make the right decision.
In summer, expect an average temperature of 23° in Sydney, and 21° in Melbourne. Although very similar, Sydney experiences double the amount of sunny days than Melbourne. Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather, so if you don’t mind a sprinkle of rain between days of sunshine, you’ll find the heat a lot more bearable there.
When it comes to food, you’re probably looking at similar costs when comparing Sydney and Melbourne. That said, Melbourne’s renowned hospitality scene is made up of several of the top restaurants, bars and cafes. Its energetic vibe featuring eateries tucked away in exciting little laneways makes the whole experience even better.
Sydney property prices are some of the highest in the world. Rent in Sydney is also pricey, especially when you compare it to the cost of renting or buying property in Melbourne. However, the median weekly income in Sydney is slightly higher than that of Melbourne, but more of your pay packet will be going towards affording somewhere to live.
Both cities have efficient public transport networks that can take you around the city. If you’re not so concerned about getting anywhere in a hurry, Sydney’s public transport system boasts views around the stunning Darling Harbour. Melbourne’s super convenient tram, bus and train network ensures you will get to your destination punctually and efficiently (most of the time!).
Sydney’s known for its busy and beautiful beaches. It has five of the top beaches in Australia, including the ever-popular Bondi Beach, Palm Beach, Shelley Beach, Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Sydneysiders really are spoilt for choice. Melbourne’s St Kilda beach is a lovely spot to visit, however you’ll need to travel a little further afield to access some of Victoria’s nicest beaches. Follow the high way south west passed Geelong to the Great Ocean Road or south east to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
Both Melbourne and Sydney have event calendars filled with good times. There’s usually a bit of crossover in terms of what events you can go to in each city, however they are filled with a vibrant arts and sports scene. Melbourne’s big ticket events include the Australian Open, the Melbourne Cup and for some high octane action, experience Formula 1 racing at Albert Park.
If you’re looking to move to a beach location and don’t mind spending a bit extra on living costs, Sydney’s the place for you, but if you’re keen on an all-round top notch city with reasonable living costs, reliable transport networks and mouth-watering food venues, Melbourne should be your pick.
Once you’ve made a decision on where you’ll live, it’ll be time to start planning your move. John Ryan Removals offer a range of moving services to help you safely and efficiently relocate your belongings to a new city. Call John Ryan Removals for a free quote.
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