Sydney is arguably the most famous among the Australian cities, and living in the incredible city has been a privilege granted only to a select few. Sydney is the city capital of Australia’s New South Wales region, and also the most populous one in the whole country, and even the whole Ocenia!
Famous for its beautiful and one-of-a-kind sights and sounds, Sydney is a vast city composed of 15 contiguous regions, where there are 40 local government areas and more than 650 suburbs belonging to the Sydnesiders. Aside from being one of the country’s most historic cities, it is also one of the country’s premier tourist spots with its beautiful natural features including the famous Hyde Park, the oldest parkland in the whole country. With a strong economy, the city boasts a fast-paced atmosphere in a competitive scene. Living in Sydney is both a mark-up in your social status, and an incredible experience.
Here are a few things you need to know about the capital city of New South Wales:
With an inner-city area of 25 square kilometers, a Greater Sydney area of 12,367 square kilometers, and the urban area of 1,687 square kilometers, Sydney is a well-spaced area inhabited by more than 5 million people referred to locally as “Sydneysiders”.
The median age of the residents is 36, with less than 15% of the people aged above 65. This age average factors in the general energy of the city, with a healthy mix of fresh graduates, young professionals, and independent youth rubbing elbows with the established families, and maturing couples. In a city that caters to everyone’s needs, it is no surprise then that it is also popular with both budding and older families.
Climate in Sydney
One important factor to take note of is the Sydney weather. The Koppen-Geiger classification defines Sydney as an area of humid subtropical climate. It enjoys warm summers and its cool winters, with consistent and uniform rainfall scattered throughout the year. Cyclones are also rarely heard of in the city.
Housing in Sydney
When it comes to real estate and housing, Sydney has some of the most expensive ones in the world. However, it does not compare to the lifestyle brought about by living in a renowned global city, and the country’s premier gateway for international business and competitive tourism scene. It ranks 7th in the world when talking about quality of living, as it is recognized by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network as an Alpha World City.
Part of what makes living in Sydney incredible is the strength in its local economy. It is among the world’s top ten when it comes to global market integration, and 11th in the Global Economic Power Index. With a median income of $720 for independents and almost $2000 for families, it is no wonder that its local economy is booming.
Top Colleges & Universities in Sydney
A chunk of the city’s population is composed of students at 5.2%, both coming in locally and coming from other regions and even abroad. Sydney has achieved a high quality of education since making it a priority way back in the 1800s. Today, around 90% of the working residents have completed schooling, with 57% of the people even finishing the highest level of schooling, making the majority of the city highly educated.
Sydney is ranked 9th in the Best Student Cities in World.
Of the six public universities in the area, five are ranked in the top 500 in the world.
University of New South Wales
Ranked at #45 by QS World University Rankings in 2018, UNSW Sydney main campus is locate in the suburb of Kensington. Two other sub-campuses are still in Sydney CBD in the suburbs of Coogee and Randwick.
University of Sydney
Established in 1850, the University of Sydney is the first ever university in the country. It is one of the so-called Sandstone Universities. Graduates from this university are the most employable in Australia, and the 4th most employable in the whole world.
University of Technology Sydney
The University of Technology Sydney is the foremost university in Australia that is below 50 years of age. It is also ranked 8th of the youngest universities in the world. It offers one of the most comprehensive support service for local and international students.
Other Universities in Sydney
Macquarie University holds the 237th spot, and the Western University is belongs to the lower part of the top 500. The University of Notre Dame Australia, University of Wollongong, University of Newcastle, and Curtin University of Technology also have their secondary campus housed in the city.
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Lifestyle in Sydney
With its historic past and its consistent presence in the global market, Sydney is a city teeming with tourists and corporate citizens amidst the lively locals. Diversity and its multicultural identity is also apparent with the local cuisine and market, now featuring Asian and European products and tastes.
The cost of living in the city is pretty compared to others, but it is just proportionate to the salary of the average Sydneysider. For example, a loaf of bread in Sydney costs $2.81 compared to the $2.55 of Adelaide, a liter of milk is at $1.46, and a one-way transport ticket costs $4.00 in the average.
Built with a great city plan, Sydney transportation is lauded as good as compared with its buzz. Most of the residents here drive their own cars, however, numerous busses, trains, and ferries are available to everyone at all times.
The Chinese community has long established presence in the city, with the older generations migrating to the country between 1840 to 1930. Mandarin and Cantonese are among the top foreign languages spoken at home in the city, with the Chinese community representing one of the top five major foreign groups in the area.
Attractions, Events and Celebrations in Sydney
Sydney hosts millions of international visitors all throughout the year, even listing as high as 2.8 million visitors in 2013, representing almost half of total visitors to Australia. They have also listed an overnight visitor total of 8.3 million, amounting to $6 billion spent in services and products. Sydney is famous for structures like the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, alongside the Darling Harbour, The Rocks, and the Sydney Tower.
People also flock in to witness the one of a kind art found in the city, with the collections of The Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Royal Botanic Garden, the Royal National Park, and the Queen Victoria Building are frequently visited by tourists as well. For those who enjoy wildlife looking at the local flora and fauna and exploring the great outdoors, the Taronga Zoo, the Bondi Beach, the Blue Mountains, the Sydney Olympic Park and the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium are available for all to see.
For a unique and fun Sydney experience, celebrate the numerous cultures apparent in the city by visiting the Dixon Street Chinatown, the Spanish Quarter in Liverpool Street, and the Little Italy in Stanley Street.
For those looking to attend local events, every Autumn the city celebrates Australian Fashion Week, attended by A-list celebrities and top models. The Royal Easter Show is held at the Sydney Olympic Park, film festivals like Tropfest and Sydney Film Festival are also around during the year, and who could forget the massive New Year Celebration playing out in the whole city with gorgeous fireworks.
The Chinese Community in Sydney
Sydney has the largest Chinatown in Australia. It is located in the middle of Darling Harbour and Central Station, in Haymarket.
The China Cultural Centre is located at Castlereagh Street, and that's where you can watch cultural performances (music, arts and marital arts) and film screenings.
There's also the Australian Chinese Community Association of NSW, which holds classes and activities for its members.
All in all, living in Sydney is a challenge afforded only by the few. Although it can be intimidating at first, you will come to love everything it has to offer once you are all settled in.