7.6 out of 10

Sydney (CBD)

Ranked 344th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8643404277844 151.212896374296
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Nov 24, 2016

"Love it"

I love sydney, there is so much to do, its pretty easy to get around and a great mix of cultures. I come from a small area and i am still getting used to the sydney attitude many have which to mean comes across as rude and in your face, i avoid driving if i can, and it is expensive to live.
Pros
  • Beautiful city
  • Lifestyle
  • Good transport
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Traffic
  • bit rough round the edges when you get outside the city
  • Outer suburbs are rough
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
May 10, 2016

"Sydney"

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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 26, 2016

"Sydney is the best city in Australia by far."

I've lived in Sydney 15 years. This city is amazing. There is so much to do, so much to see. If you were to take every single Australian city and squash it into one, Sydney would still be better and have more things to do. We have Darling Harbor which is an amazing area, boats, shopping, clubs, places to meet people, restaurants, everything you could want. Circular Quay and the Opera house, art galleries, museums, more restaurants, vistas, parks. There is Pyrmont and the Anzac Bridge, incredible view points, eateries, food choices, casinos, artsy little areas. There is allot to list here, and if I honestly began listing it all, you as the reader would be overwhelmed, Sydney is a monster. In this review I couldn't tell you everything I like about Sydney, this post would just brake out of proportion, so I'll settle for telling you that there is easily something for everyone in this place. Without hesitation I will put forth that there is allot to do, allot to like, allot to see, allot to experience. Sydney will take you and grow you as a person, there is no way you can be an average Joe and live in this place, things will rub off and you will be forced to bring out different sides to you that you never knew were there or could exist. There are plenty of people, HUGE amount of people and a great atmosphere with limited downsides. Out of 10 I would rate Sydney a 9. People are often shocked at just how big Sydney is and just how much there is to actually do once you really get to know the place well. Lastly, among the million, billion great things in the city, there is also a huge amount of tourism everyday which feels like a new, fresh breath of life coming in and out of Sydney.

The downsides are as any major city. We have occasional druggies, but they often steer clear. Our Kings Cross area should be shut down, it's the slums of Sydney and is really giving us a bad light. There occasional fights in the CBD, and stabbings, but if you stay away it will never effect you. Most of our nightlife ends at a certain time, and so does our train systems which is an epic shame. Things in general cost allot, and forking out money is part of living in Sydney, it's just something you do. If you don't know where to go and how to survive in such a big city you might be bound to feel isolated or to make many financial mistakes. Sydney is not for the faint hearted, it's not for everyone and it will exclude many people. It really helps to know someone who knows the city, and although many people live in Sydney, allot of them don't actually explore or know it properly. Another downside is a huge influx of Asian investors which has made Sydney house prices absolutely insane. There is heavy traffic and a failing road system that simply can't support the amount of people who want to live in this place. Sadly Sydney is heading away from being a romantic and beautiful city and going towards being a heavily commercialistic and money driven city. Due to price hikes, food is becoming really expensive, living and rent is out of proportion, buying things has become impossible and hence the future might not be so bright for medium income earners who wish to make a permanent living here. Sydney is not a 24 hour city, due to our large number and alcohol driven issues, we shut down around midnight, this may not appeal to some, especially if you're the type of person that starts their night at midnight. Our music and art scene is slowly winding down, allot less interest in bands and allot more in DJ's, a sign of a faster paced and impatient society. Sydney is also very competitive and people are constantly in a rush to get somewhere. There are also allot more tourists than actual Australians in Sydney, most Sydney siders weren't born in Australia but got citizenship and now call Australia home.
Pros
  • HUGE amount of things to do
  • Allot of tourism
  • Multitudes of places to visit
  • Beautiful city
  • Lifestyle
  • Great Beaches
Cons
  • Commercial City
  • Expensive
  • Traffic
  • Safe, but everyone is cautious
  • People can come off as snobby
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Noisy and polluted, poor environment for families!"

I have lived here for 4 years but now that I am having a family I will be moving it's convenient if you have no kids but I would really not recommend it for families with small children. Main issues include poor air quality but the main issue is noise not only from traffic but from drunks roaming the city streets at night! Also construction and not just buildings but road works at all hours of the day and night and council works which can mean extreme levels of noise i.e. Machinery and jackhammers up to 7 days a week from 7am! It may seem glamorous but the reality is a council that has no regard for its residents! Forget about sleeping in on weekends!
Pros
  • Good restaurants
  • Good nightlife
  • Good transport
Cons
  • Noisy day and night
  • Expensive
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Sydney, Australia"

Sydney, Australia is the city where I came from, I live in an area known as Hurstville. I can say that Sydney is the best place to live in. From its beginnings as a colony to town to a city and to a metropolis. It is truly growing up into a worldwide famous known place. I recommend people to come and live and explore Sydney. Tks Sydney, Australia.
Pros
  • Skyscrapers
  • Beautiful city
  • Lifestyle
Cons
  • Multicultural
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Highs and Lows"

Pros
  • Beautiful city
  • Lifestyle
Cons
  • bit rough round the edges when you get outside the city
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
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nermal1 Who would not want to live in Sydney!!!!.In fact before we kids were even born my parents were even considering after moving all around Australia arriving here from Singapore in Mid 1972 there as it reminded them of the old place they came from.How we got it all wrong due to a language barrier with one of the doctors in New South Wales over the whole come to Tea incident.I wish my family had got there to this day.The only thing that would have worried me was having to start High School one year earlier when my old Adelaide Friends would still have been in Primary School.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Glitzy and in your face - and still great"

Very pleasant to visit and the tourists love it, and near the harbour and beaches, it's fantastic. But outside the inner-city, it can be very bland. The city is very fast-paced and non-stop, has decent heritage, culture and tourist appeal, but can be very expensive compared to the other large cities in Australia. The weather is above average, the beaches and other aspects including lifestyle and nightlife are great. Lots to see and do in many suburbs. Public transport is also pretty good. Traffic is a nightmare however, even on weekends you will find traffic strangling the inner-city and freeways at the best of times are appalling.

Sydney has lots of attitude, it's in your face, glitzy, and full on, which is good, depending on who you ask. This makes it a great place to visit and live in if you are single and professional. But if you like subtlety and the quieter things, it's not for you. The best way to describe it is if you are there to visit as a tourist, it's perfect. To live, you need to be fast-paced and on the go all the time, which is fine. If you want a relaxed, care-free lifestyle, you'll find better elsewhere.
Pros
  • Lifestyle
  • Beautiful city
  • Good transport
  • Great Beaches
Cons
  • Traffic
  • Outer suburbs are rough
  • Expensive
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"2 rich for me"

Great place to live just way to expensive. 1 bedroom apartments in the city fetch rental prices of 600+ which is absolutely ridiculous for anyone wanting to rent or alternatively buy a 1 bedroom apartment for 500-600
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
2yrs+

"Great weather, great nightlife, and great food!"

Sydney is one of those cities that many people have a love\hate relationship with. Most of those people tend to come from Melbourne (as the two cities have an intense rivalry) and complain about how rude, busy, go go go Sydney is.

I on the other hand love Sydney for what it is...a busy persons city. If you don't like the 'glitzy' in your face attitude that Sydney has, then probably best to stay away. But if you like a city that's alive and up front about it, then Sydney is for you.

The good things about Sydney? I love the bustling nature of sydney, similar to New York (on a much smaller scale). It's a little pretentious, but that's part of it's charm. The food is great, and the nightlife is great as well. The people are friendly enough as well from my experience.

Of course there is the touristy nature of the city as well that has to be taken into account, but then again all great cities have this aspect. The lifestyle in Sydney is more expensive than most, but a city by the harbour is always bound to cost a bit of cash.

Overall I love Sydney, and recommend it highly!

(Disclosure - I live in Melbourne)
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5/5
2yrs+

"Great city..."

Sydney's a fab city but boy has it got expensive recently......
Pros
  • Beautiful city
  • Great Beaches
  • Good transport
Cons
  • bit rough round the edges when you get outside the city
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Best place in Australia!!"

Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"It's got the lot- and it's world class"

Ok, the public transport can be a drag, but in the right place like where I live in Newtown it's not so bad. So much to see and do, and the weather allows activity right around the calendar- there's always something happening in Sydney.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Best fit for single professionals"

Millers Point provides great access for those working in the northern end of the CBD, which suits young professionals best of all. Housing is mainly apartments and some terraced housing towards the waterfront. Noise and pollution are the main issue here, as any house/apartment fronting the north-south freeway will be pounded by constant hum all day and night - which will have an impact on your health over medium term. Recreation is better than some may think with great walks around the Rocks, Observatory Park and further over to the Botanical gardens all on the doorstep. Of course, restaurants and nightlife of the city all nearby too and transport options out of the city all within 10 mins walk whether train, bus or ferry. Recommend the location for short term stays and single professionals - but do consider getting a property facing the west if a longer term stay.
Recommended for
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The finer things in life!"

I grew up in sydney and love it very much! It would be my dream to buy a nice federation or circa home in the eastern suburbs or north shore. I just wish it was not so expensive. Sydney has culture and you there are just so many things to see and places to go!
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Harbour views and transport terminals"

This busy area in the heart of Sydney Harbour has a number of permanent apartments available. It is a bustling spot, full of tourists all year round. This area of the harbour is a major transport terminal, so you will see ferries rolling in and out all day.

Many of the apartments have sweeping harbour views, looking over the famous landmarks of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. This view is worth the huge price-tag.

It might be a difficult place to be based in the long term, given the transient nature of the crowds who frequent here. However this could be easily overlooked if you focus more on the incredible location and the view.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"High rise apartments set amidst tourist attractions"

Darling Harbour is a bustling and shiny place. It has undergone a huge makeover over the past 10 years and now offers a range of dining options, bars and shops around the busy harbour. There are many high rise apartment blocks towering over the area, so finding a spot here is quite manageable (although rents can be quite high).

The area has a strong focus on tourism, and as a consequence tends to lack some soul. Locals are probably best to hunt down smaller, less glitzy local restaurants that quite possibly serve better food at more reasonable prices.

However the area is just a few streets from the start of the CBD, so it is a great spot to be based.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"It all happens here in Australia's largest city!"

Sydney is a fantastic city to live in. It's is Australia's largest city, with a population of well over 4 million. It is home to many large businesses, leading schools and a wide range of recreational activities.

The city itself is based on the harbour, so water is focal point of life here. There is also a strong sporting culture, with strong followings for both AFL and Rugby.

Homes in the CBD itself are not surprisingly high-rise and high density. There are some stunning homes with waterviews, beach suburbs and urban sprawl with houses and subdivisions spreading far and wide around the regions.

The criticism that some people have for Sydney is that it is too big, and can be impersonal. However it seems to take some time to find your own niche there, and once you find it Sydney can be a great spot to live.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Sydney - It has it all for everyone."

Sydney is the capital of NSW and has one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. There is so much to see including the harbour Bridge, the amazing Opera House and the many historic buildings in and around the city. Visit places like Taronga Park Zoo, darling harbor and the Aquarium. There are museums of all kinds as well as art galleries, displays and a huge library. Sporting wise there is just about everything you can imagine and some wonderful beaches, bays and parks to enjoy. Hotels, motels, backer accommodation Sydney has them all. There is no limit to the fine cuisine available as well as fast food outlet of all descriptions. Work or study, holiday or settle Sydney has some to offer everyone.
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Sydney - one of the best cities in the world."

There's a reason Sydney is one of the most photographed, visited and mentioned cities in the world and it's not just for the 2000 Olympic Games. It is quite simply a spectacular place to see with arguably the best harbour anywhere.

If you are fortunate to live here, and I spent 12 months in a service apartment, you will find it has an incredible atmosphere, not unlike New York City, where everyone seems to be in a rush to be somewhere or do something. (though Sydneysiders are more friendly than New Yorkers).

I wouldn't say Sydney has a huge resident population and it's not exactly cheap to live (or stay). You get some of the best restaurant options. Seafood down along the Rocks (Sydney Cafe and Rockpool are great), bars and nightclubs (down along Circular Quay and also around Darling Harbour).

The climate is great too, in Winter the humidity makes it feel warmer than places like Melbourne. In summer it can get a little too humid but we got used to it. (something the humidity brings out is cockroaches!).

Not in Sydney as such but further out you get great schools, public transportation is easy, trains and buses are fine, ferry if you are lucky enough. Traffic is not that great - one way traffic throughout much of the city but the tunnels (tolls) do help to get around.

They love their rugby here, AFL plays second fiddle, we did go to a few Swans games at the SCG. Also had some great golf out at Moore Park.

So, overall I would definitely rate Sydney highly - if you get a chance to live here do it.
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CommunityMan Buses? They're necessary but the ticketing is a nightmare!
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