If you’re planning to come to Australia, you have to decide where to start your Australian journey. There are several factors that influence decision making. You might be one of the lucky ones who have friend or family waiting for you or maybe you have secured a job, which will make choosing the place to land fairly easy. However, if you’re not one of the lucky ones and are still considering your options it will be useful to research and understand the positives and negatives of some of Australia’s major cities.

There’s 5 cities in Australia with the population of over one million people and we would recommend you to start in one of those cities. More people tends to mean more jobs and more opportunities to engage with Australia’s diverse community.

Australia’s major cities are all very different and with this in mind we will be publishing a few articles over the coming weeks exploring the Pro’s and Con’s of living in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney


  • Weather (Pro) – There’s no extreme seasonal differences. Pleasant, sunny weather for most of the year and the occasional thunderstorm in the summer.
  • Festivals (Pro) – The city is always buzzing and has so much going on. More often than not there is some sort of festival or event on such as Vivid in the Winter and the Sydney Festival in the summer
  • Beaches (Pro) – Sydney is home to one of the most popular beaches in the world – Bondi beach. However, Sydney is built around Sydney Harbour and Australia’s East Coast and so there’s many other beautiful beaches to explore in the Northern and Southern Suburbs
  • Employment (Pro) – Sydney has over 4 million people, which means there’s generally plenty of jobs for professionals and those looking for casual or flexible work. Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales which at time of writing has the lowest unemployment rate in Australia of 4.3%.
  • Expensive (Con) – Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia. Everything is really expensive from property to groceries. A pint of beer or glass of wine will more often than not be over $10 AUD.
  • Traffic (Con) – As a bustling capital city with over 4 million people, there is a lot of cars and traffic at times can be rather horrific. Try to walk as much as possible, especially during rush hour.
  • Public Transport (Con with potential) – Sydney has traditionally provided a fairly poor experience when it comes to public transport unless you are lucky enough to live in Manly and get the ferry to work. However recent projects such as reintroducing the trams in central Sydney and the Norwest rail link is aiming to make Greater Sydney more accessible and provide a better consumer experience.
  • Night Life (Con) Sydney has become a rather flat night out recently with “lock out laws” banning anyone from entering a bar or club after 1.30am.Good Night Clubs are scarce particularly in Sydney CBD these days.

The great news is that Sydney is in the middle of the biggest infrastructure and construction boom since hosting the Olympics back in 2000. Sydney siders tend to seek most of their entertainment during the day, however with lock out laws due to be repealed we should hopefully see a vibrant night life return to Sydney’s streets. It may be expensive but it’s always been worth it.

This is the first of a five part blog series. Keep an eye out for Melbourne next week.

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