Moving abroad is a big step, and figuring out where to start can be a big mental roadblock. Finding the right place to live can help a lot of other elements of your move fall into place, but if you've no idea where to start then we've prepared a handy guide to five of the best places to live in Sydney...
1. The Urban Area: with around 70 harbour and ocean beaches, including Bondi Beach, the urban area lies in a coastal basin and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Blue Mountains, the Hawkesbury River and the Royal National Park.
2. Bondi Beach: one of Sydney’s most popular attractions for tourists and residents alike - this is one of the top places to live in Sydney. The beach itself is located 7km east of the Sydney central business district and spans approximately 1km. As you’d expect, there’s plenty to enjoy here both on and offshore – from surfing, sailing and swimming to volleyball and sunbathing.
Bondi’s commercial area stretches along Campbell Parade and is home to some great cafes, restaurants and hotels as well as the Bondi Pavillion, a community cultural centre where all forms of art and theatre can be enjoyed.
3. The Sutherland Shire: this is fast becoming another of the most popular places to live in Sydney at present. Currently the second most populous government area in New South Wales, the Sutherland Shire is predominantly residential, though there are significant areas of industry and commerce, and plenty of beautiful rural landscapes to enjoy. Shoppers will love Miranda, the commercial centre of the Shire, and there are parks and lakes aplenty for nature lovers.
4. Canterbury-Bankstown: If you’re on a bit of a budget but still want to be within easy reach of the Sydney lifestyle then this might be a great place to consider. Family housing is generally considered more affordable here compared with the inner suburbs, plus the central business hub provides a good opportunity for work. There’s also plenty of shops here and a wealth of unique restaurants, delicatessens, grocery stores and food markets.
5. The Central Business District: Like most other cities, Sydney has its own business hub. Covering around 2 miles, the CBD is bordered by parkland and Darling Harbour, a tourist and nightlife hotspot. Outer business districts within the city also include Parramatta, Penrith, Bondi Junction, Chatswood and Hurtsville. If you love nature then this is definitely one of the best places to live in Sydney - becuase nestled within this metropolitan area are several parks and gardens, including the Royal National Park and the Auburn Botanical Gardens. Even within the city centre, Sydney’s green space is vast and you’ll never find yourself far away from some open space.
If you need some extra help organising your move to Sydney, then check out our International Removal pages for lot of tips and advice.