Thursday, 30 June 2011
Moving to Australia – Guide to the top Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide
Read on for our guide to the top Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
Consistently rated as one of the world's best and most liveable cities, Sydney offers good weather with a temperate climate, a great safety record with a low to medium crime rate, very high standards of education and healthcare and some fabulous leisure time activities.
The oldest and largest city in Australia, its founders had their pick of location and chose well. Set on a stunning harbour which itself is home to two of the nations most well known icons, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is within easy reach of sandy beaches and national parks, Sydney offers everything you’d expect of a first class city; world-class theatres, great shopping, museums and art galleries and restaurants.
Melbourne’s Chinatown is up there with the best of them. Here you can enjoy all your favourite Szechuan dishes as well as other oriental foods from all over China and the far east. The laneways are a gastronomes delight too; here you’ll find European, Indian, Mexican, American and Australian eateries, all of very high quality.
Australia’s third largest city is a cauldron of cultural diversity with over a quarter of its population hailing from other parts of the world. The most commonly spoken languages aside from English are Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Italian and Samoan. Unsurprisingly, along Brisbane’s high streets and in its shopping malls, you’ll come across restaurants and shops with all of these influences.
No mention of Queensland’s capital would be complete without at least touching on the areas of North Stradbroke Island, locally known as Straddie and the West End. On Straddie you can watch as dolphins catch the waves or manta rays and turtles glide beneath the surface of the water. The West End is remarkable too, but for entirely different reasons. Here you can shop till you drop and party until your money or your energy runs out. This lively mix of cultures is located just a short walk from Brisbane’s Central Business District and features a diverse range of eateries from a la carte restaurants to take-aways and coffee shops as well as a generous selection of night clubs and bars.
Perth’s warm Mediterranean climate and burgeoning economy have pushed it high up the list of preferred destinations amongst British migrants to Australia. Its one and three-quarter million people live in one of most relaxed, beautifully clean and spacious if somewhat isolated cities in the world. Perth has the highest number of restaurants per head of population in the world so finding something tasty to eat, day or night need never be a problem. It is also a vibrant entertainment and shopping centre offering a vast range of consumer goods, appealing to both Eastern and Western cultures.
Perth is a high-income city with much of its wealth the result of Chinese investment in metal ores and coal. The booming Asian economies are sourcing many of their raw materials from Western Australia, resulting in high economic growth for the state and providing Perth’s residents with some of the highest incomes in Australia.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia. The city centre is arranged in a grid system made up of wide streets and squares all within the space of a single square mile. Running the length of that mile, from north to south, dissecting Victoria Square in the heart of the city, is King William Street, home to the cities town hall and the GPO building. The city centre is surrounded by 2298 acres of green belt parkland and the Torrens River also runs through the city centre, but on the horizontal axis, splitting Adelaide in two.
Adelaide’s Mediterranean climate brings with it hot, dry summers and cool, mild winters and its proximity to the sea also makes it a popular holiday destination as people flock to one of its many beaches. Henley beach, West Beach and the beach at Glenelg are probably the favourites but there are a number of others that are close at hand. Adelaide’s Central Business District is ideal for shoppers and The Rundle Street Mall is the place to head for if you’re after some retail therapy. It is Adelaide's largest shopping precinct, with over 500 retail outlets in 13 arcades. Look out for the Silver Balls permanent art installation but don’t look to closely, it is also the site of the Rundle Street webcam.
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