The bright lights and popularity of Australia’s biggest and oldest city call many New Zealanders to its shores every day. With a stunning harbour, beautiful beaches and iconic landmarks, Sydney is a firm favourite of many Kiwis. But what about relocating there?
With a climate similar to New Zealand’s, plenty of sports teams to cheer for and ranked highly on the world’s most liveable cities list, there is a lot to like about Sydney.
Here are our top 5 things that Kiwis love most about Sydney, Australia. Let’s explore…
1: Caters For All
Whether you are a single ready to mingle or a family of five, Sydney is a city that will suit your needs. It is known to have some of the best nightlife in the country – even thought to rival London and New York. But it also has some of Australia’s best schools too.
You have the inner city hype of Darling Harbour, but the wide open spaces of South Sydney. There are iconic spots like Bondi Beach, and lesser known treasures just waiting to be explored.
Then there is the sport. Sydney-siders love to watch and play a wide variety of sports. They have amazing sports facilities and grounds – think Stadium Australia and the Sydney Cricket Ground. Whether you support rugby, cricket, league, tennis, or Aussie Rules, you will be right at home in Sydney.
Sydney is also surrounded by stunning scenery. Explore the islands around Sydney Harbour National Park, hit the bushwalking trails in Royal National Park, or go hiking in Blue Mountains National Park.
2: Multicultural Paradise
Being the biggest and oldest city in the country, it’s no surprise that Sydney is also the most multicultural city. In fact, 40,000 people move to Sydney each year, most of whom hail from other countries.
Due to the large number of migrants that have settled there, multiple nationalities have contributed to a colourful and vibrant city. Food from every corner of the world is available to try, so are amazing market wares (something Sydney is renowned for). The markets are always buzzing with live music and a wide variety of street food.
Sydney even has its very own Chinatown which is a thriving hub of shopping, homewares, fashion, medicinal herbs and cuisine. It hosts one of the largest Chinese New Year Festivals in the world!
3: Career Opportunities
There is a reason that people are flocking to the city. That is because there are plenty of career opportunities. In fact, the unemployment rate is less than the Australian average of 6%. There is lots of growth in areas like information technology, education, health services, building trades and engineering.
Sydney is also Australia’s financial hub with both the Reserve Bank and Australian Stock Exchange located there. There are lots of other big businesses that call the city home, so you won’t have to look far for a professional role.
Employers tend to pay well for great skills, with the average salary being above AU$80,000 a year. Spend your money wisely though as the cost of living can be quite high in this modern city.
4: Great Places To Live
Sydney has an amazing range of suburbs to choose from. You can live right in the heart of the city, in a more suburban setting, or embrace the coastal lifestyle in one of the many popular suburbs. The housing is known to be high quality and spacious, with a blend of more historical style properties and new builds.
For the inner suburbs, art-decor Potts Point, waterside Lavender Bay, or Darlinghurst on the outskirts of Darling Harbour are very popular. If you prefer beachside then Bondi or Coogee are great, or the South Sydney suburbs are really good for family living and wide open spaces.
Sydney also has a great, affordable public transport network for you the commute on. Trains, light rail and ferries are the way to go. Buses often get caught up in the city’s traffic congestion, as do private vehicles.
5: Time Out
Many people in Sydney work hard, but they play hard too! Luckily, there is no shortage of things to do in Sydney when you need some time out.
You will be absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to eating out. Sydney has everything from a casual bite to the complete fine-dining experience. There are eateries to suit every taste preference and budget. This is thanks largely to the range of culture and cuisines that contribute to the city’s dining scene.
Particular areas to try are the Kensington Street Precinct for a range of cultural delights and the waterfront streets of Barangaroo that are packed full of eateries and bars. The Cannery is a sight to behold – a 4500 square metre warehouse precinct where you can pick up amazing fresh produce for your weekly groceries, have a delicious meal, or even attend cookery school.
If culture is your thing, then you can visit the Sydney Opera House for weekly showcases of opera, dance, theatre, music, comedy, film and more. There is also the Australian Museum showcasing more than 18 million objects and artifacts. Then there’s the Walsh Arts Precinct which hosts performances from many theatre, dance and orchestra companies.
Not to be outdone by all of this culture, the nightlife in Sydney is incomparable. Dance the night away, sample delectable cocktails and mingle with the best in pubs and bars across the city.
Let’s not forget about beautiful Bondi Beach, the ever popular Manly Beach, or one of the other 100 beaches that surround this coastal city. Swim, sun and surf to your heart’s content!
If you are considering relocating to Sydney, Australia, then get in touch with us here at Crown for a free, no obligation removals quote. Whether you have a little or a lot, we can help you settle into your new life in Sydney, Australia. Call our friendly team on: 0508 227 696 or email: [email protected]