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1. Posted by tor_dor (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Ok im looking at travelling to Aus and these are two cities which i would like to see but i have to make a choice... which one to spend more time in.

ive been reading forums on the internet and the rivalry between these two cities is enormous.

Which one do you think has more to see and do? i will be visiting around late October.

2. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 10y

I would reccomend Melbourne definately, Im a little biased having lived in Melbourne, whereas i only visited Sydney. Sydney has more sites to see, so its probably a better place to visit, but Melbournes better to live in my opinion.
Its been voted the most livable city in the world for several years on the run (Victorians wont let you forget this) - its got cool local attractions like the Great Ocean Road, Philip Island, Healsville, the Dandedongs and the Grampians. Wheras Sydney only seems to have the blue mountains. and Tazmania is only a ferry ride away.
If your a sportsfan Melbourne is unbeatable. The Melbourne Cup is one of the best days I had in Oz, so if its on while your there dont miss it.
Sydneys weathers probably better, but if yuour like me and find large cities claustrophobic then your best bet is Melbourne. ITs got a better night life too.

3. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

Well personally i think Sydney... yes i live here but thats only because i want to, i have alot of family in Melbourne and i could pack up and move there any time i wanted but i cant see myself doing that.

The weather is much more reliable in Sydney, we actualy have beaches let alone very beautiful ones and the harbour is just superb at night.

More to see and do here aswel

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 10y

It depends on for how long you're going. If you have a month to divide between them, I'd say three weeks Sydney, one week Melbourne.
If on the other hand you have a year, I'd make it three months Sydney and nine months Melbourne. (And with ten years, I suspect I'd go for two years Melbourne, eight years Sydney.)

To put it in other words: Sydney has far more sights to see. But Melbourne has a better (more easily accessible) vibe for living in full time. (Yet I imagine Sydney would be nicer if you have half a lifetime to adjust.)

(I have personally lived in Melbourne for about six months (and stayed in hostels there for another two months), while I've visited Sydney four times for a total period of roughly a month.)

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 26, 2006 4:41 AM by Sander ]

5. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y

See that can of worms???? just been opened up.

Here we go............ Sydney as many people think is the capital of Aus yes its more famous and has silly little attractions like the opera house and a bridge !WOW!

Depends what you're after... a typical touristy thing, pic of the opera house and the bridge then its Sydny.

If its an experience your after IMHO nothing beats Melbourne, you can just walk around Melbourne and be content. St Kilda, Carlton and South Yarra great places just a bit out from the city, with great night lives.

Also late October hmmmmmm would catch the Victory play at Telstra Dome (soccer as we call it). The city of Melbourne is really small. But greater Melbourne is huge. Also the coast is great, definately head to Torquay, The Great Ocaen Road, that way for some stuning scenery and good times.

Ive been to Sydney many times. In all honesty, didnt like it. I need to go back next year for my cousins wedding

Also the people in Sydney and Melbourne are another factor. Sydney sider aren't know for being friendly. There ARE reasons why we are the worlds most livable city.

Melbourne is also the food capital of Australia. Heappps of great places to eat.

Shopping in Melbourne, another factor. Nothing like exploring the little lanes and places in the city and discovering a great little shop.

So in conclusion, MELBOURNE!!!!!!!!!!!

6. Posted by WONDERBUS (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

I'll never forget the time I was on St Kilda Beach and the Life Savers had their little tent set up and the safety flags were flapping in the wind. The two Life Savers, grabbed their boat and flew out into the water, chests puffed up and guts sucked in just like The Hoff in a scene from Baywatch. The 30cm waves looked very menacing as they powered along the water..... If you want to experience real beaches in the city, you can't beat Sydney.

There's a pretty good reason Sydney was voted best city in the world 8 years in a row.

Melbourne has nice places around it,Sydney has nice places in it.

Sydney has everything Melbourne has, with good weather and beautiful water ways thrown on top. Your can probably tell where I'm from

7. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 10y

Sydneys Beaches are really overcrowded - even when you look out at sea it looks like millions of ants.

Melbourne has nice beaches, just no waves.

8. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y

Quoting WONDERBUS

I'll never forget the time I was on St Kilda Beach and the Life Savers had their little tent set up and the safety flags were flapping in the wind. The two Life Savers, grabbed their boat and flew out into the water, chests puffed up and guts sucked in just like The Hoff in a scene from Baywatch. The 30cm waves looked very menacing as they powered along the water..... If you want to experience real beaches in the city, you can't beat Sydney.

Beats racial violence any day doesn't it, rather 30cm waves than Aussies beating each other up. Then again they are Sydeny Siders

As for waves as previously said Torquay, famous world round. Can always go a bit further down the eastern side of the bay for more beaches other than St Kilda. Also philip island is great place to visit.

Theres a reason Melbourne is the world most livable city.... people actually want to live here as opposed to sydeny opera house 'click', bridge 'click'.
Any guesses where i live ???

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 10y

Keep it nice, people. At the rate this is going, if I was tor_dor, I'd be saying "screw it, I'll go see what Perth is like". :)

10. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 10y

what are these 'Sydney Siders'?