Making the move to Sydney? Australia’s biggest city continues to grow faster than the national average rate, welcoming hundreds of thousands of newcomers every year. Whether it’s the Harbour Bridge or the beautiful beaches of Bondi, it seems everyone wants to call Sydney their home.

Find out whether Sydney is the right spot for you with everything you need to know about New South Wales’ capital right here.

Sydney, Australia

Pros of Living in Sydney

With so much on offer, you’ll never be bored in exciting Sydney. And we’re not just referring to the Museum of Human Disease – there’s plenty more fun where that came from!

The weather is great

Most of Australia boasts pretty great weather, and Sydney is no exception. With pleasant, sunny weather for most of the year, and afternoon sea breezes providing some relief on hot days, you won’t have to withstand extreme temperatures here.

You get the best of both worlds

Sydney is where the city meets the sea, offering all the amenities, convenience, and excitement of city-life along with some of the country’s best beaches. When you’ve had enough of wining, dining, shopping, and café-hopping, these beautiful Sydney beaches will be ready for you:

  • CBC to Bondi Beach: 20min drive
  • CBD to Palm Beach: 1hr drive
  • CBD to Manly Beach: 30min drive
  • CBD to Bronte Beach: 20min drive
  • CBD to Cronulla Beach: 45min drive

It has an airport

If convenience and travel float your boat (or fly your plane), Sydney’s airport is just a 13-minute train ride from the city.

Early-morning starts and long drives out from the sticks are a thing of the past when Sydney’s domestic and international airports are so conveniently located.

It’s family-friendly

Often referred to as a network of villages, each of Sydney’s suburbs has a community centre with family-oriented classes, activities, day-care and new mothers groups.

As exciting as it is, Sydney is also a great place to settle down and start a family.

It has great education opportunities

Looking to broaden your mind or skillset? Sydney is the perfect place to hone your inner scholar. Some of the country’s most prestigious universities, technical institutions and schools reside in Sydney, including Australia’s first ever university, the University of Sydney.

 

Cons of Living in Sydney

Nothing is perfect (except for puppies, obviously). Here are the not-so-great aspects of life in Sydney.

It’s the most expensive city in Australia

Sure, there are plenty of great reasons to live in Sydney, but it’ll cost you. It’s the most expensive city to live in Australia, and has recently been ranked as the second most expensive city in the world after Hong Kong.

The traffic is notorious

Sydney’s roads can get more congested than your nose during flu season. It was recently titled Australasia’s most congested city, with some roads found to be even slower than those in New York. If you’re not a fan of sitting bumper-to-bumper, driving in Sydney will only worsen your road rage.

 

Best Suburbs in Sydney to Live In

Bird's eye view of The Rocks, Sydney

From the inner city to sleepy suburbs and coastal spots, Sydney has a suburb to suit everyone. These are our top picks.

 

Potts Point – inner suburb

Art deco meets dive-bar in this small but popular inner-city suburb. Potts Point is known as the Paris of Sydney, boasting stunning art deco buildings and tree-lined streets, and home to artists and philanthropists. It’s also just minutes from Kings Cross, buzzing with neon-lit clubs and bars.

Lavender Bay – inner suburb

This waterside suburb offers sweeping views of the harbour, putting you in prime position for the Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks display. This suburb truly accommodates the Sydney lifestyle, offering a variety of cafés, restaurants, and bars.

Pyrmont – inner suburb

Propped on Darling Harbour, Pyrmont is your go-to for entertainment. Home to the Sydney Lyric theatre and the Star casino complex, you can enjoy theatre, opera, ballet, fine dining, clubs, and bars. If, like Alicia Bridges, you too love the nightlife and got to boogie, you’ll feel right at home in Pyrmont.

Harris Park – Greater Western Sydney

23km west of the CBD, Harris Park is filled with delicious ethnic restaurants and dessert bars. It also scores top marks for public transport, making it easy to access the city when you need to.

Kareela – Southern Sydney

Quiet and family-friendly, this sleepy, leafy suburb is home to a beautiful golf course, nature reserve, and a public school within walking distance of most homes. Kareela is a great affordable and safe option for young families.

Manly – North Sydney

Want to feel like you’re on vacation every day? Manly is a beachside suburb with a relaxed feel and friendly locals. With one of Sydney’s favourite beaches, you can enjoy surf, sand, and a laidback lifestyle.

 

Sydney’s Dining Scene

Waterfront dining in Sydney

Whether you’re craving a fine-dining experience or hunting down a casual bite to eat, Sydney is brimming with restaurants and eateries to suit all tastebuds and budgets. A melting pot of cultures and cuisines, discover the many flavours of Sydney and pay visit to some of its top dining precincts.

Kensington Street Precinct – 1 Kensington St, Chippendale

You’ll be spoiled for choice at this lively precinct. From authentic Asian eats to fine French fare and delectable desserts, you’ll want to visit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Cannery – 61 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery

This massive 4500-square-metre warehouse precinct gives you a greengrocer, a butcher, a baker, a bottle shop, a coffee roaster, plenty of cafés and restaurants, and a cooking school to sink your teeth into. Grab a feed and pick up your groceries for the week – it’s all here.

The Streets of Barangaroo – Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it at this funky waterfront dining and shopping precinct. With casual and fine-dining options including seafood, steak and burgers, enjoy a bite then head to one of the bars to make a night of it.

 

Culture in Sydney

Sydney Opera House

Sydney is home to some of the most spectacular arts and culture in the country. If you’re looking to get your culture fix, you’ll never run out of inspiring things to see and do in Sydney.

The Sydney Opera House – Bennelong Pt, Sydney

This World Heritage-listed Aussie icon hosts more than 40 shows every week including opera, dance, theatre, music, comedy, film, and more. It also has performances for kids, making it a must-do for the whole family.

The Australian Museum – 1 William St, Sydney

Learn about the history of Australia’s culture at the country’s first public museum. Featuring over 18 million objects and artefacts, you can enjoy exhibitions, public galleries, and permanent and temporary touring galleries.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct – Piers 2/3 and 4/5, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay

Catch a play, musical or dance performance at Sydney’s most lively cultural precinct. Here you can catch local artists like the Sydney Theatre Company, the Sydney Dance Company, the Bangarra Dance Theatre, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare, and the Australian Theatre for Young People.

 

Sydney’s Climate

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Like most of Australia, Sydney’s weather is pretty pleasant. You can expect mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of sunshine.

Summer

During summer, Sydney’s average temperatures range from 18 to 25.8°C, making it warm but not uncomfortable. Things can get a bit sticky with the average humidity reaching around 65%, so this is the perfect time to hit the beach.

Autumn

Sydney is at its most mild and pleasant in autumn, with humidity dropping and average temperatures around 14 to 22.2°C.

Winter

Let’s just say you won’t be needing your mittens during winter in Sydney. Temperatures drop to around 9 to 17°C, and rainfall increases, so don’t forget your umbrella!

Spring

Warmer days without the humidity of summer? Yes, please! Spring in Sydney sees temperatures around 11 to 23°C, and you’ll generally be enjoying clear, sunny skies.

 

Getting Around Sydney

Traffic in Sydney

Public transport in Sydney is pretty straightforward. It has a comprehensive network of train, bus, and ferry services that you can access using an Opal card. This prepaid cashless card allows you to use all public transport in the city and outer regions. Wherever you need to go, Sydney has a way to get you there.

Bus

You can catch a bus through the city and beyond at almost any time of day or night in Sydney. Just make sure you buy a prepaid ticket or have an Opal card, as most of the bus routes are prepaid to reduce delays.

Train

Most of Sydney’s trains run from 4am to midnight, and all stations have 24-hour ticket machines. Central Sydney stations include Central, Museum, St James, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, Martin Place and Kings Cross.

Harbour City Ferries

Whether you need to cross the harbour or simply want to experience it up close, Sydney’s Harbour city ferries leave from the terminal at Circular Quay and can take you to any harbourside location you’d like, whether it’s Taronga Zoo or Neutral Bay.

Taxi

Wherever you are in Sydney, there’s sure to be a taxi nearby. Hail them from the street, head to one of the taxi ranks in the CBD, or book them directly online or over the phone.

 

Check out these 10 tips to make your move to Sydney a little easier.