Where are the best places to live in Sydney?

Best places to stay in Sydney for couples

The best place to live in Sydney really depends on YOU.

,Sydney is MASSIVE.

It can take you a couple of hours to drive from one edge to the other.

,,nSydney even has different climates within its borders.

Its fringed on the east by beaches, where the ocean tends to dampen temperature extremes.

As you head west, the ocean has less of an effect, and the western suburbs can at times mimic a desert - boiling hot during the day and freezing cold at night.

This is not necessarily a bad thing.

I spent a decade on the Northern Beaches and always found it ironic that the weather got less pleasant for swimming (colder and windier) the closer you got to the beach.

Hot weather and a pool often beats a cooler, windy beach.

Further west are the Blue Mountains which are a haven for people who prefer the cold over heat.

,Sydney also has extremes of housing.

In the city centre itself youll only find accomodation in high rise apartments.

There are houses between the city centre and the beaches, called the Eastern suburbs, but youll need to spend several million to set up a tent there.

Likewise, any house or apartment near the beach has an inflated price tag - a price worth paying for people with a spiritual attachment to the ocean.

Just beyond the inner city, in the Inner West, youll find terrace houses.

Further west, throughout the suburbs any house with a backyard is quickly being gobbled up by developers to be replaced with a duplex or block of apartments.

If you want a house on your own block of land, at a reasonable price, then youre really looking to the newer housing estates that are ever spreading westward.

To be honest, I couldnt even tell the you names of these suburbs - they seem to create a new one every few months.

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whether you are better off spending your mortgage or rent on an inner city apartment, beachside unit, a duplex in the suburbs or house and land in the sprawling west really depends on you and what type of lifestyle you enjoy.

,nHowever, before we get to your lifestyle .

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one thing that you should definitely take into account in Sydney is TRAFFIC.

Its steadily getting worse and can be a nightmare for newbies.

Public transport does exist, and isnt as bad as people say, but if youre travelling during peak hour then expect a squish with thousands of others.

Youll also need to live within reasonable proximity of a train station or useful bus stop - which increases the price of those properties.

,If public transport isnt an option, Sydney traffic can also be conquered with careful planning.

Firstly, the closer you live to work, the less time it takes to get there.

Dont choose to live in the Blue Mountains if youre a lifeguard at Manly.

,Secondly, traffic flows in a predictable direction - toward the city centre in the morning and away from it in the evenings.

If you work business hours in the city centre then then Im afraid youre $%#!ed!! Unless you choose to live within walking distance of your office then your mornings and evenings are going to be occupied with joining a procession of people trying to get to and from the city.

The further you live from the city centre, the longer youre going to sit in traffic.

,However, if you do not work in the city centre then you can manipulate traffic to your advantage.

If you live between the city centre and your workplace then youll be driving away from the city in the mornings and toward the city in the afternoons - roaring past the queue of people heading in the other direction.

It takes me 11 minutes to get to work and home.

,nNow, which suburb in Sydney is the right place for you to plant your flag depends on what you enjoy doing in your free time.

If you love swimming at the beach then getting a house and land package in the sprawling west would be a bad idea.

If you want your kids to be able to ride their bikes in the street then an inner city apartment isnt for you.

If you want to spend your evenings in trendy bars, restaurants and cafes youd look around the inner west.

If youre an entitled, stuck-up wanker and want to be around your brethren then youd choose the Eastern suburbs.

,Its politically incorrect to say, but, different subtypes of people tend frequent different areas within Sydney.

If you identify with a particular group of people, and want to spend your evenings and weekends in their vicinity, then its worthwhile doing a bit of research into where they hang out before you go deciding where to live.

Im not going to go into too much depth here .

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as I dont want to be accused of stupid, obviously false statements like All lesbians live in Newtown or Only people of Asian descent live in Eastwood.

Anyone, of any age, race and sexual orientation is free to live in any area of Sydney, BUT, there are definately pockets of different subcultures scattered throughout Sydney.

Im going to steal from Wikipedia so I (hopefully) cant be accused of racism .

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,Areas with a large proportion of people born overseas and with non-English speaking backgrounds include Auburn, Fairfield, Liverpool, and Bankstown.

Generally Western European and North American born people have settled around the Lower North Shore and eastern suburbs, Arabic-speaking people around the Lakemba-Auburn region, Indo-Chinese in the south-western suburbs, South Asians around Parramatta and the south east, and North East Asians in major nodes such as Hurstville, Burwood, Strathfield, Chatswood, Eastwood, Campsie and Haymarket.

,Which sub-group you enjoy being around - whether its lesbians or South Asians - is completely up to you.

Obviously, theres no right or wrong choice.

Its just worthwhile knowing that Sydneys massive multicultural population hasnt been randomly distributed through each suburb.

Furthermore, if youve got competing interests - for example, youre an unemployed, lesbian, Arabic-speaking surfer - then youll need to make decisions about which of these is most important to you when choosing your location.

There aint much surf in Lakemba.

,nIn summary, there isnt one best place to live in Sydney.

The great thing about Sydney is the freedom and opportunity to find whatever it is that you are looking for.

Its sheer size, and variety of options, means that theres something to suit everybody.

In fact, this is Sydneys strength.

Other Australian cities will argue their superiority over Sydney based on specific issues - Melbourne is better for sport and culture, Brisbane has more sunshine and is more affordable, Adelaide is more peaceful and easier to get around.

These arguments only hold for people who enjoy that particular interest.

,The great thing about Sydney is that it has all of these qualities - provide you know where to look.

If youre into sunshine and surfing then you dont need to move to Queensland, but, you wouldnt choose to live in the Blue Mountains.

If you want to wear black and ride your pushbike to a vegetarian cafe hidden in an alley near your townhouse then you dont need to move to Melbourne, but, dont choose to live in Penrith.

,Your interests, budget, job, daily commute and personal preferences all play a part in determining wheres the right place for you.

The good news is that therell be someone in Sydney that is a good fit.

Best of luck.

Cool places to stay in Sydney

Other answers here have given lots of great detail about job markets (Sydney and Melbourne have more jobs) and housing (Brisbane is way more affordable).

This answer is just about the feel of the cities.

,Firstly, Melbourne is COOL.

From the minute you get off the plane, everything that is cool about Melbourne is available to you.

All the laneway bars and soup stations and quirky shops are there.

You can eat incredibly well cheaply.

The culture and arts scene is accessible and full of wonderful surprises.

There are a bunch of different sub sections of Melbourne depending on what youu2019re looking for.

You can live on historic areas, converted industrial areas, hipster clusters, leafy suburbia, hellhole suburbia etc.

Melbourne also has trams, which makes getting around in the chronic traffic congestion bearable.

People in Melbourne make sure they dress cool before they go to the shops to get a litre of milk.

,Sydney is FLASHY.

This is a town built to impress.

The harbour is so beautiful and the ferries are a great way to get around if you can be near the harbour.

In Sydney, status is everything.

For ambitious people, there are a lot of head offices and a real focus on power.

Material wealth is the most important thing, and the benefits of material wealth are on show.

There is also a lot of history and culture woven into Sydney.

It is a town with some depth.

It also has an enormous sprawl of suburbia to the West, as the housing market is so expensive.

In Sydney, people accesorise with the latest status symbol (perhaps a miniature French bulldog) to go to the shops to get a litre milk.

,Brisbane is RELAXED.

It is built around a really lovely river and it is known for its colonial houses on stilts perched on thousands of steep hills.

It can be a nightmare for cyclists with its hot weather, steep hills, and murderous swooping magpies.

Brisbane has more houses with gardens and less traffic than Melbourne and Sydney.

There is a backyard barbecue culture which is very laid-back.

It can be hard to access the social side of Brisbane, because most people know someone who knew someone and are introduced that way.

Brisbane still has some elements of being a large country town.

There are a lot of good eating places, bars and culture, but it is smaller than Sydney and Melbourne.

An houru2019s drive North or South gets you to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia - white sand, great surf and no crowds.

There is less pressure to conform to the rat-race in Brisbane and enjoying a good lifestyle is valued.

People in Brisbane go to the shops to get a litre of milk without giving any thought to their appearance - it is more a matter of staying breezy in the hot weather in comfortable clothes.

Best area to stay in Sydney for nightlife

This question is so nebulous that it verges on being unanswerable.

It raises additional questions, such as :,What you mean by u201cstayu201d.

Is it :,as a tourist,just visiting for a few weeks,planning to live there permanently.

,They all have different answers.

,What you want to do while there.

Is it,nightlife/clubbing,surfing/beaches,checking out accommodation options and prices,doing u201ctouristyu201d stuff like visiting sites and general sightseeing.

,These will influence the other factors, and lead to a different answer.

,Personally, when I next visit Sydney, if I have no specific purpose I would keep away from the tourist places, particularly Bondi beach, itu2019s only a beach, and not even the best one in Sydney - the Northern Beaches are much better and not crowded with tourists.

Locals perhaps, but very few tourists.

,As for moving around, last time I was there the public transport system was very good, although theyu2019ve since introduced their Opal card, equivalent to the European Oyster card and I donu2019t know how well that functions.

,Personally, Iu2019d refer to stay on the North side of the harbour, but then, thatu2019s where I lived most of the time except for my hippie period in Kings Cross, which is another area Iu2019d steer well away from unless youu2019re looking for a prostitute or strip joint.

,If you would like to edit your question to provide more information, preferably as a new question, Iu2019ll be quite happy to give you more specific information.

Where to stay in Sydney without a car

Driving from Sydney to Perth via the Eyre Highway.

It is 1,000 miles long, has the longest stretches of straight road in the world, and there is 300 miles between service stations.

The traffic is regular, but one can often go for 30 minutes or more without seeing another vehicle.

,We also get plenty of these:,Road trains are common on the Eyre Highway.

,I was driving a Audi A8, a 4.

2L V8 with a speedo that looks like this:,300km/h is 186 mph for my American friends.

,So, coming up behind a road train, my common practice was to shift to sports mode and pass the truck quickly and safely.

From an initial speed of 110 km/h the Audi would hit 160 (100 mph) about half way along the truck, and this is generally where I would stay until after overtaking, when I would drop back to normal highway speed.

,However, if the road was particularly straight, and particularly clear, well, sometimes that foot would just stay planted.

The speedo would then be around 200 by the time I was passing the front of the truck.

,Now Audis, especially the A8, are a great high-speed cruising car.

Built and designed for the unlimited speed Autobahns in Germany.

200km/h feels like about half that speed in, say, a Toyota.

However, it is not a purpose-built supercar by any means, and just doesnu2019t have the aerodynamics for really high speeds.

At 240 plus, the front end becomes light, and I really need to stay centred on the road, because I do not want to start drifting down the cambre and have to correct for that.

260 feels scary, and is also about where the transmission finally changes into top gear.

As the needle pushes 280 it still feels like the engine has more to give, though speed is building slowly at that stage.

But there is almost no feeling in the steering, and the car feels quite unstable.

Also at that speed, itu2019s amazing how quickly the previously dead straight road to the horizon runs out of straightness.

There is no way I would even consider taking the mildest of curves at that speed.

,So that was it, a bit over 280 km/h, or 175 mph.

,Why? Because it was absolutely exhilarating.

Places to stay in Sydney, Australia

If you are not as concerned with beaches and more interested in an urban,arts oriented lifestyle then you might also consider the Inner West which starts at Glebe and Newtown then spreads west.

This is an area with a very young, vibrant feel.

The ideal area for someone in their twenties interested in music, theatre and the arts.

,Parts of the lower North Shore, such as Neutral Bay are a more conservative, slightly older area.

The up and coming city workers in their late twenties and thirties might consider Neutral Bay and Cremorne ideal.

The same people might live at the Southern end of the Northern Beaches such as Manly, where you can catch a ferry into the city.

,It should be said that real estate in Sydney is highly priced.

The further you are from the harbour the cheaper it gets.

Even as you go west from the city suburbs that are close to the Parramatta River are more expensive than those a kilometre or two away.

Where to stay in Sydney for a weekend

Sydney has pretty good public transit.

Central or mqybe Circular Quay would work for nightlife as in clubs, with Central probably being best.

If you want the kinds of places User mentions, follow his advice instead.