Syd­ney und Mel­bourne gehören weltweit zu den Städten mit der höch­sten Leben­squal­ität. EA­MONN FITZGER­ALD ver­gle­icht die bei­den. Welche ist danach Ihre Fa­voritin?

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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.

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