Sydney vs. Melbourne
The two main cities of Australia, Melbourne and Sydney, two of the most livable cities in the world, and millions come traveling each year to Australia, and most come to Sydney and Melbourne. These two are similar in a sense but it is also two of the most different places.
Cost of living
The cost of rent in Sydney isn’t unbearable but is much higher than of Melbourne. At an average of $1735.69USD on rent for a month in the city center, and about $1256.93USD outside of the city center. Utilities like electricity, heating, and water are around $123.57USD a month, and internet subscription is slightly cheaper than of Melbourne. This is redeemed by the higher household income in Sydney, they have an average of $951USD ($1490AUD). For people that like their coffee, average prices for coffee in Sydney is $2.13USD and Sydney is slightly more expensive to eat out by 4.46%.
Though household earnings are lower, at $854USD($1337AUD), coming in $100USD less than Sydney it makes up for it with a relatively lower cost for housing. The average cost of an apartment in the city center in Melbourne is $1269.03USD on average and only $967.85USD for an apartment outside the city center. Basic utilities are slightly more expensive at $139.31USD and internet coming at just $1 extra dollar. Coffee prices are at $2.19USD and eating out is at an average of $23.63 and McDonald prices are the exact same. Overall due to the housing prices being so much lower than Sydney it would be wise if you’re trying to save up or don’t have as much money, you would likely want to come to Melbourne.
Sydney has way better weather than in Melbourne, Sydney’s average maximum weather is 72.5F and a minimum of 58.1F. Although Sydney gets more rain than Melbourne at 1223mm, it has way more sunny days than Melbourne with 107 days of clear sun. The city is best known for their perfect summer days, with endless beautiful beaches and visitors have to go on a walk along the sands and soak up the beautiful Vitamin D. On the downside though with the rising of temperature worldwide, there is an increasing rate of heatwaves.
Melbourne weather is like someone on their period, having violent mood swings. The famous saying “Four seasons in a day” is every day for Melbourne, you can wake up and be greeted to with harsh sunlight and when you return home soaking wet because you didn’t bother with an umbrella, and when you head out for a dinner date it’s going to windy and you are going need an extra jacket. Even the weather report has trouble keeping up with Melbourne weather. Overall with only 46 actual clear days in a year but less rain than Sydney but more days with less heavy rain. Maximum Average being 69F and Minimum being 53F. If you are looking for a place with nice sunny weather, Melbourne is not for you.
Things to do
In Sydney there is a ray of activities for travelers and locals. The city has many museums and art galleries and amazing geographical locations that are just not available in Melbourne. One of the iconic spots in Sydney is the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Other sights that you can visit include, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium, and Madame Tussauds which can all be accessible from CBD. There is endless fun in Sydney and even when you have to visit every place, you can still hop on a bus and spend the day at one of the city’s beaches.
Melbourne is more of a festive city, more people come for specific events like concerts, sports games, or art shows. It has a few zoos and aquariums but a lot smaller compared to Sydney. Melbourne’s main attraction is the Eureka Tower, providing visitors and view to the entire city and a 360-degree view of the skyline from the very top. Some activities you can do could be shopping as there are many major shopping malls everywhere, and nightlife is a bit better than Sydney. Melbourne does hold a lot of events, it still doesn’t provide as much things to see and do as Sydney.
The place isn’t for everyone, but if you like good beautiful weather and amazing beaches and want to see some of Australia’s iconic tourist attractions then Sydney is where you want to go. Sydney has some of the best things to do with kids, with many places all made especially for families to enjoy. If you like to feel of warmth and being close to nature, then Sydney is the perfect place for you.
If you don’t mind carrying an umbrella around every and don’t care about the rapidly changing weather then Melbourne is great for you. The city is more about food, shopping, and some famous art exhibitions. Sometimes in Melbourne you might find yourself bored, but there will always be new art exhibitions or world-famous performers coming to Melbourne to perform. If you don’t mind taking your time to find things to do, Melbourne is the perfect place for you.