Sydney und Melbourne gehören weltweit zu den Städten mit der höchsten Lebensqualität. EAMONN FITZGERALD vergleicht die beiden. Welche ist danach Ihre Favoritin?
ESTABLISHED 26 January 1788 INHABITANTS Sydneysiders
IN FIVE WORDS Harbour, Bondi, spectacular, bars, sport
WEATHER Sydney’s climate is temperate, which means warm summers and cool winters, with occasional days of over 40 °C.
THINGS TO DO Climb the Harbour Bridge; go to a concert at the Opera House; buy souvenirs at Paddy’s Markets; visit the Art Gallery NSW or the Australian National Maritime Museum.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT The ferry system, with its bases in Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, allows visitors to stop at many of the city’s top sights while getting close to the harbour’s landmarks.
SHOPPING Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street
MUST-SEE The white sand and perfect surfing waves of Bondi Beach are just eight kilometres from the centre of the city. Other beaches nearby include Tamarama, and Coogee, which is popular with backpackers.
ESTABLISHED 30 August 1835 INHABITANTS Melbournians
IN FIVE WORDS Fashion, art, food, cool, sport
WEATHER The average maximum temperature is 19.8 °C. Melbourne has a milder climate than most other Australian cities and heavy rain showers are not uncommon.
THINGS TO DO Head out of town for a day trip along the Great Ocean Road; hike around the coastal scenery of Wilsons Promontory or visit Sovereign Hill, an old gold-mining town in Ballarat.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Melbourne’s ticketing system (known as “myki”) is more passengerfriendly and cheaper than Sydney’s. The reusable ticket can be used for trains, trams and buses.
SHOPPING Block Arcade, 282 Collins Street
MUST-SEE The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has space for 100,000 people. The MCG has hosted some of the biggest cricket, rugby and football matches in Australian history.