A friend of mine went to a career seminar in the UK recently. One speaker told them why they should transfer to the Melbourne office, and one why they should transfer to the Sydney office. Now, I wasn’t there, but according to my reliable friend, the main highlight of Melbourne mentioned was that they have more Olympic sized swimming pools.
I actually think that it is a little unfair, as personally I think Melbourne is better than Sydney in two ways. 1) their public transport is better (although my Melburnian friends still complain about it) and 2) it is better for sport.
Being in Australia, Sydney is a huge sporting city in its own right, but if you had to say which one was best, hands down, it is Melbourne. They have the Formula 1 Grand Prix (though there are rumours every year that Sydney will either steal it, or make a better offer), Australian Open, and of course the AFL. Sydney has the NRL, but not all Sydneysiders support a team, whereas most Melburnians go crazy for their AFL team.
Now this is an article about why Sydney is better than Melbourne, not one about sport. So, having got the two things Melbourne is better at out of the way, let’s talk about the obvious things Sydney is better at.
As Bill Bryson says in his book Down Under, Sydney Harbour is “unquestionably the loveliest harbour in the world", packed with beautiful inlets and coves.
And amongst its stunning coastline are of course a lot of beaches.
Sydney’s beaches have it all covered; some of the best surf beaches in Australia, calm harbour beaches, which are perfect for families, ones with public barbeques for gatherings with friends and the most famous one in Australia of course, Bondi Beach. The beach is a daily part of life for Sydneysiders year round, but particularly in summer, which brings us neatly to my next point; the weather.