In this corner, we have Sydney, Australia, where the beaches and
sunshine attract those looking for relaxing luxuries. Over in the
other corner is Melbourne, the eccentric, artistic hub of Australia.
When the two cities start competing your travel time, do you know
which one would appeal to your senses more?
I have put together a comparison of Sydney and Melbourne for you
to make the correct choice. Though, anywhere you go in Australia
would be an awesome vacation, that much is certain.
The Beaches: Coogee, Bondi, Manly, Cronulla, Bronte,
Tamarama, and Maroubra are just a few of those easily accessible
from Sydney’s center. Others are within 30 minutes by ferry.
Tourist Attractions: Sydney Harbor, Darling Harbor (and everything
offered there), Sydney Opera House and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair,
the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Murugan Hindu Temple, the Vat
Khemarangsaram Cambodian Buddhist Temple in Bonnyrigg, and
the Mingyue Lay Buddhist Temple in Bonnyrigg, The Rocks
Historic Area, Sydney Tower and Skywalk.
Green Space: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Park, Putney
Park, Wetherhill Park, and the Sydney Botanical Gardens (at the
back of the NSW Conservatorium of Music), Chinese Garden of
Friendship, and Hyde Park.
When you think about attractions, the Opera House and the Royal
Botanic Gardens probably come to mind. Or, you find yourself
daydreaming about lounging on Manly Beach, a haven for
backpackers. In short, everything you want to see in Australia is
probably located in Sydney. From magical scenery to picturesque
beaches, there is something to be found no matter where you go.
The Beaches: None – but you do have a Yarra River cruise
Tourist Attractions: The Shrine of Remembrance, The Block
Arcade, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Federation Square,
Eureka Tower and Skydeck, Captain Cook’s Cottage
Green Space: Port Campbell National Park, Royal Botanic
Gardens of Melbourne, Yarra Valley (Wine Country).
Compared to Sydney, Melbourne pales in comparison with things-
to-do. That said, if you are not looking for an overabundance of
tourist attractions, the quaint sights around Melbourne may please
you more. Melbourne is more about sports and slightly more
Education & Entertainment
You may have noticed that I skipped museums and other entertainment sites in the
“sightseeing” list. That is because, for the museum-goers and nightlife seekers, one
city may trounce the other.
● Sydney Opera House
● Rock’s Discovery Museum
● SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
● Australian National Maritime Museum
● George Street – where you can find designer boutiques through Strand
Arcade and the Queen Victoria Building
● Taronga Zoo
● Sydney Fish Market
● Southbank Promenade – cafes, restaurants, live entertainment
● The Arts Centre – made up of the Playhouse, Fairfax Theatre, Hamer Hall,
and the State Theatre
● National Gallery of Victoria – Australia’s oldest art gallery
● The Royal Arcade – Melbourne’s oldest shopping arcade, full of architecture
● The Block Arcade – Another place for fashionistas and architecture nuts
● Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building
● Queen Victoria Market
● State Library Victoria
So, while Sydney wins with glitz and glitter, Melbourne wins in terms of culture. You
see, Melbourne has an international influence that is reflected throughout the city.
The live entertainment on street corners and in Jazz bars, the cafes, the performing
arts, and the prevalent food culture is mesmerizing. If you love food and engaging
nightlife, Melbourne wins, hands down.
How will you ever choose between Sydney and Melbourne? The answer is in what
you are looking to do. For those seeking nature and touristy adventures, head to
Sydney. Others seeking shopping, nightlife, and an artsy-vibe should go to
Melbourne. Either way, you are in for an amazing time, so why not go to both?