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About Sydney

About our wonderful city

Live in Sydney to see why it is always ranked as one of the best cities in the world. Here are some reasons why you should come.

One of the most beautiful harbours in the world

Sydney is surrounded by water. The clear blue waters of Sydney Harbour are some of the most stunning in the world. With more than 200km of harbour foreshore, Sydney harbour is home to many pretty little islands, and plenty of great events including harbour cruises, sailing, and of course, the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Sydney’s amazing weather

Sydney’s weather is spectacular. Come here and you’ll quickly grow accustomed to long, warm summers, mild winters, and sunny days.

Visit epic beaches

A day at the beach is a favourite Aussie pastime, and Sydneysiders are no exception. From the ever popular and iconic shores of Bondi to the world famous waves of the Northern Beaches, Sydney’s beaches are a way of life. Don’t miss the tranquil secret beaches near the harbour, awesome outdoor rock pools, and the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Move to Sydney, and you’ll have the chance to explore them all, from Palm Beach to Cronulla.

A multicultural city

Covering more than 12,000 sq. kms, and with more than 500 suburbs, each with their own distinctive character, you have an endless choice of different places to live. With more residents born overseas than anywhere else in Australia, Sydney is a diverse, multicultural city, which makes it easy to meet new people and have new experiences.

Eating out is a global feast

Sydney is the best city in Australia for those who love food and trying new flavours from all over the world. In the mood for a bowl of steaming Vietnamese pho? Go to Marrickville or Cabramatta. Craving Chinese? Visit Ashfield, Strathfield, Chatswood, or Chinatown for plump dumplings and freshly cooked seafood. Looking for a taste of the Middle East? You only need to journey to Lakemba, Punchbowl, Granville, Auburn, or even Surry Hills’ Cleveland Street for delicious falafel, creamy garlic dip, and succulent skewered meats. There’s so much to experience and eat, you could eat your way around its many vibrant neighbourhoods for months and barely scratch the surface.

Fantastic local markets

Sydney is blessed with a selection of vibing local weekend markets that makes shopping and browsing a true pleasure. Go to the Glebe Markets for clothes and great gifts, Rozelle Markets for antiques and vintage clothing, the Rocks Markets for handmade arts and crafts, and the Carriageworks Farmers’ Market for delicious local produce.

Some of Australia’s best coffee

Sydney rivals Melbourne with its café offerings, and the coffee here is some of the best in the world. Go to Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Alexandria, and Newtown for some of the city’s best brews, from chic laneway holes-in-the-wall to the vast industrial warehouse cafes.

Surrounded by fabulous places

Day trips and weekends away departing from Sydney are numerous, and there are lots of beautiful places to explore, many even accessible by public transport; which makes for a cheap day out. Go to the stunning Blue Mountains for bushwalks and see the Three Sisters rock formation, spend a weekend on the South Coast exploring its beaches and national parks, or sign up for a wine tour of the Hunter Valley.

New South Wales Government. (n.d.). Ten reasons to live in Sydney: the best city in Australia. Retrieved July 20, 2021. Retrieved from

Student safety

New South Wales is generally a safe place with low levels of crime, but it is still important to take care and look after yourself.

New South Wales Government (n.d). Tips on staying safe as a student in Sydney. Retrieved July 20, 2021. Retrieved from

Student accommodation

When you are studying, it is important to have a good home base where you feel safe and relaxed. There are many accommodation options for international students in NSW.

New South Wales Government. (n.d). Accommodation: Feel at home in NSW. Retrieved July 20, 2021. Retrieved from

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