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Moving to Sydney: what to know



So, you’re contemplating moving to Sydney? Good choice: Sydney is one of the most spectacular cities on the planet!

But before you pack your bags, there are a few things you need to know. First, you’ll be joining around 5 million* other people, as Sydney is the most heavily populated state in Australia.

Don’t worry, you’ll barely know they’re all there, because with over 650 different suburbs to choose from you’ll hardly feel squashed in. Many of these suburbs are frequently featured in lists of ‘the world’s most liveable’ areas, like Lavender Bay, Milsons Point, North Sydney and Elizabeth Bay.

Sydney itself is often touted as one of the world’s best cities to live in too. The only downside to living in such a desirable location is the price. Sydney housing is notoriously expensive, especially as you get closer to the CBD. Buying property in Sydney can be out of reach for many, but renting is still achievable for the masses.

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High prices and higher expectations

With great price comes great entertainment, and Sydney is full of excitement.

Home to iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, there is always something to do. For lovers of arts and theatre, there’s the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Soho Art Gallery and the Sydney Theatre Company. If music is more your style, you’re bound to catch someone you love performing at the Opera House or Sydney Entertainment Centre.

The nightlife is always pulsing, and party animals will feel right at home. For the kids, there is plenty to see and do at Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Observatory, or you can take a trip to the Australian Museum for an educational day out among the dinosaurs.

And these are just the tourist attractions. Once you settle into your neighbourhood, you’ll get to know all the nook and crannies that makes Sydney so diverse, from artisan, hole-in-the-wall coffee shops to funky bars and quirky shopping strips.

Getting around in Sydney

There’s no getting around it: the prospect of navigating Sydney can seem daunting at first, especially if you haven’t lived in a big city before.

Once you understand the transport systems, however, you’ll come to realise that you can travel almost anywhere within the city. Sydney Airport is located very close to the CBD, with a convenient (albeit pricey) train-route that travels directly to and from the airport.

From the city, it’s easy and affordable to jump on a bus, a train, or even a ferry, to go wherever you please.

If you love the sand and the surf, you’ve got your pick of some of the world’s most stunning beaches. Bondi Beach, arguably the most popular tourist spot, is just one of the many places you can go to relax, swim and sunbathe. About one hour south of the CBD is Cronulla Beach, another popular spot for day trips. And if you head up North, you’ll have your pick from gorgeous spots like Avalon, Palm Beach, North Curl Curl or Newport.

Sydney usually has pleasant, predictable weather patterns. The winters are mild, with an average minimum temperature of 9° C. Summer is often extremely humid with temperatures sitting around 30° C, rising as you head inland to the Western suburbs. Sydney rarely experiences severe or extreme weather conditions, and rainfall is usually mild to moderate.

Sydney is multicultural, friendly, exciting, and full of potential adventure. Moving here is not a decision to be made lightly, but if you do decide to call Sydney your home, you won’t regret it.

Source: * Australian Bureau of Statistics