Maybe it is because I hate coffee and do not have a single ‘indie/hipster/whatever’ bone in my body, but my love for Sydney runs much deeper than for Melbourne. Much, much deeper. This was definitely reaffirmed after a quick trip to Sydney last week. There is a long-standing debate about which of these two cities is better and, obviously, it is just matter of personal preference. Nonetheless, I will share my top three reasons why I think Sydney is the best city to visit* in Australia. This post is more aimed at my international readers, as it has been over a hundred years since the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne started, so most Australians are frankly bored of this debate.
Sydney Harbour. I feel like I could end the list here and it would serve as a good enough argument for why Sydney is better than Melbourne. Sydney Harbour is simply spectacular. It is the rare type of world-renown attraction that lives up to its hype. And there are so many ways to take advantage of it – whether it be a long lunch at Circular Quay while enjoying the view, climbing the Harbour Bridge or enjoying a boat ride on the water. Sorry Melburnians, but the Yarra just does not compare… at all.
Better weather. Melbourne has ridiculous weather. When I was there earlier this year, I was melting in 43°C weather one day and then I was cold and wearing a jacket the next day. And this bipolarity is not uncommon. Whilst Sydney’s weather is not flawless, it is still sunnier, warmer and more predictable than that of Melbourne. And I cannot speak for everyone, but when I am outlaying substantial amounts of money to visit a city, weather is a huge consideration.
Do not get me wrong, Melbourne is a nice city. But, in my humble opinion, it is nothing spectacular and probably even a bit overrated. The drawcard of Melbourne for many people is its shopping. I struggle to get my head around this. I find Australian shopping to be extraordinarily average, regardless of which city you are in. And Australia’s first Sephora store is opening in Sydney later this year, so that’s almost enough for Sydney to win any shopping argument in my opinion. 😉 I am being slightly facetious, but you get the point. I will concede that Melbourne may have the upper hand with regards its food scene, especially with the opening of Fat Duck, but my love for stunning Sydney is so strong that not even food will sway my opinion . *gasp*
At the end of the day, I urge all of my international friends to visit Sydney – with Melbourne being the ‘if time allows‘ option.
* I have never lived in either of these two cities. So, I can only compare them as places to visit.