City Smackdown: Sydney vs. Melbourne
Each week, Yahoo Travel pits rival destinations against each other to determine once and for all which one is the best. Up this week are two Australian rivals: Sydney and Melbourne
The Case for Sydney
Sydney is rightly famous for its iconic Opera House standing proudly in that sweeping expanse of nature and cityscape that is Sydney Harbor. This scene tells you a lot about Sydney: a balanced combination of culture, business, nature, and fun. Sydney locals are so busy working hard and playing harder that it’s difficult to be bothered with any rivalry with that city to the south. But the pretentious mob down in Melbourne are the sort to brag about each cup of coffee they’ve had and every opening they’ve been to, whether it’s an art gallery or their fridge. They’re so tedious that they’re willing to sit for three days and watch some creaky old Brits play cricket. Sorry, but in Sydney there are more fun things to be done. Like kayaking the harbor, climbing the bridge, going surfing, sailing or driving the countryside, then returning to town to explore a dozen different neighborhoods for nightlife, great food, and better music. Sydney’s the sort of city that’ll wear you out, provide heaps of fine places to relax so you can come out the next day and do even more.
Population: About 4.7 million in Sydney area.
Hugh Jackman (Photo: Wireimage)
Famous Faces: Sharp-clawed Hugh Jackman, poser Elle MacPherson, swimmer Ian Thorpe, singers Natalie Imbruglia and Rick Springfield.
Climbers on the Sydney Harbor Bridge (Photo: EO1/Flickr)