Well this, I have to say, was a big shock for me. Sydney second from last out of the 11 cities in the survey? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a massive fan of Sydney, if anything I have a sort of love/hate feel for the city.
The first couple of times I visited Sydney I really didn’t like it much, way too crowded and busy for me. I left the UK to get away from crowded and busy.
Then when I visited at the tail end of last year, I literally saw The Other Side of Sydney, and I loved it. The thing is with Sydney, if you are Mr Loadsamoney, and I’m talking millionaire status, you can live in one of the best areas in a fantastic house with stunning views.
If you are Mr Average or even Mr Slightly Above-average, living in Sydney isn’t going to be so pleasant as far as I can see.
Some areas of Western Sydney, for example, I’m told can be really rough. Western Sydney though is huge, and as one of my readers pointed out to me, 10% of all Australian residents live in Western Sydney.
Sydney, New South Wales.
I think the reason I’m shocked about Sydney’s low showing in this survey is that I’ve spoken to quite a few people who live in Sydney, and many say they would not live anywhere else. Some go as far as to say it’s the best city in the world!
So the idea that people who are actually living in Sydney have voted their own city down in this poll is quite surprising. But clearly there are a lot of things that the people who live in Sydney don’t like about their city.
From my limited experience though, here’s what I would probably say I like about the city. I thought the public transport was pretty good, especially the ferry hopping and if you purchased a daily or weekly pass, it was quite cheap too.
Sydney, I’m sure, is good for employment and economic opportunities and it undoubtedly has the most vibrant cultural entertainment scene in Australia, so I really do expect to see these in the top three.
When it comes to dislikes though, I think there are quite a few that could make the top three. Traffic congestion; the safety for people and their property; the cleanliness of the city; its affordability for sure must get the thumbs down along with the lack of good quality affordable housing.
But what do the people who know, those who live in Sydney, say about their city?
What Sydney residents like about Sydney:
- Having good employment and economic opportunities;
- The weather;
- The entertainment scene.
Sydney residents were not so keen on:
- Being an affordable place to have a good standard of living;
- Its maintenance, cleanliness and the pollution;
- The roads and traffic congestion.
There you have it, good for jobs and entertainment, but expensive, congested and not as clean as it could be.
Time for YouTube. Here’s my pick from my Sydney search, let’s start with This is Sydney…
Now, let’s go hit a few bars…
In previous posts in this series, I’ve found some pretty good timeline videos, here’s another one and it’s called The City of Sydney – by day and night…
That’s Sydney! Ok, anybody fancy the beach?