I'm applying to business schools in Australia, both in Melbourne & Sydney. Curious what you guys think might be the most interesting city to live in for a gentleman from the U.S. who enjoys the outdoors & nightlife?
Alternatively, I'll be in Australia for a few days in December before going on a trip around the world. Anywhere in particular I could reap the most entertainment within a time period of a couple of days?
[ Edit: Edited on 03-Jun-2009, at 17:00 by gr8honor ]
Sydney for outdoors, Melbourne for nighlife.
That is a tough choice. Personally, I favor Melbourne. I think it is the more interesting and unique city out of the two with great architecture, public transportation, art, beaches, great nightlife, international cuisine, European-style sidewalk cafes, etc.
However, if you're a huge beach person and want to spend most of your time at the beach, you may prefer Sydney. It's beaches are definitely nicer and the weather is a little less temperamental than Melbourne, so you'll be able to enjoy them a bit more. Sydney also has fantastic nightlife. If you're there during Christmas, try to make the Bondi Christmas party. I had the time of my life there! Both cities are within driving distance of a ton of outdoorsy activities like mountains, hiking, camping, etc.
Just know that you'll have a great time wherever you go.
Interesting you mention the Christmas party because that's the exact day I'll be there before heading to Thailand. I saw that there is no alcohol there, bummer! - Do people scatter about and throw parties at their flats?
Thanks for your input, very helpful!
I'm glad you brought that up. The party is actually at Bondi Pavilion and you have to pay admission and get a bracelet to get in. I think it was about $25 AU. They have some good drink specials if you go early. There is a balcony that overlooks the beach and you can go in and out if you want to go to the beach and come back. However, you're right that there is no alcohol on the beach itself. The area is heavily paroled by cops to enforce no alcohol on the beach on Christmas.