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Where to live? Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns or Perth?

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Old 09-23-2009, 03:30 PM
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Where to live? Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns or Perth?

So, where would you choose?

on my travels I quite liked the melbourne area, a bit calmer, alhough I prefered the areas between brisbane and cairns, simply beautiful.

I'm hopefully setting out in Jan '10, at the moment I'm swaying towards Brisbane.

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Hi Adam and welocme to the forum.
"on my travels I quite liked the melbourne area, a bit calmer, alhough I prefered the areas between brisbane and cairns, simply beautiful."

All the regions/cities have their good points and also those that can cause problems and at times a bit of chaos.

For instance, right now or in last couple of days we have had:
Sydney sees red as dust storm hits NSW

That caused planes to be re-directed to Brisbane [and Melbourne I imagine], Brisbane being less affected and Melbourne not in this dust storms path though I've also seen them in Melbourne.

The outfall this time for Brisbane was a lot of flight delays and I imagine that may have been repeated about the country re any flights towards Sydney and also because of planes being grounded there.
Interstate train and bus services possibly got a temporary spike in business!

I'm not too sure that I would put Melbourne down as being 'calmer' as it certainly has a vibrant nightlife scene in quite a few different sectors of the city and arguably is the sporting capital of the country.
It's main negative, some would say is weather and though other than summer it is usually a cooler climate than further north it is never really what one would call bitterly cold.
Though further south it's summers can actually have higher spike temperatures, records of about 47C earlier this year in February when disastrous and tragic life loss bushfires occurred, Sydney about same time having about 44 and Brisbane was about 35 if I recall correctly.

Talking of weather, the big differences moving north are:
1. not just increased humidity, Sydney having a real summer mugginess to it and likewise and often more so Brisbane, it being just that bit further up the river of same name and away from coastal breezes.
2. With Sydney and again more so Brisbane, summery weather can arrive earlier and stay longer even if temperature variations are not so large, eg. having lived up that way now for a few years [ both south and north of Brisbane][and also Melbourne and Sydney regions at various times] w often think of summer starting around October/November and running through to May, and this year we have had an early start of August/September you could say.

If you like warm weather, you might think Yep, that'd be so great and you do acclimatise to humidity to some extent but there are times when you can think it'd be nice to have some cooler days too.

The other main considerations for lifestyle as far as I am concerned are traffic and general society mayhem.

Melbourne and Sydney you could say have always been cities that have grown along with the traffic problems besetting them though not to the extent of foreign cities and having to resort to traffic zones like London has [well not yet anyway], and both you could describe as being akin to the proverbaial Spiders Web pattern, expanding and at same time increasing the ammount of traffic that wants to either get into the city or across to other side.
That has been coped with to some extent by having ring roads and city bypass systems developed but peak hour and holiday weekends traffic is something horrendous and some people can increase their working hours by about 50% with commuting times, hence the ever growing attraction of inner city living, overcrowding, prices explosion, dual income families, KWOPs and the growing social problems that cities seem to create!
My recommendation to governments would be to limit city sizes and actively develop [not just mickeymouse promote] decentralisation.

The one advantage that Melbourne has over Sydney for traffic is not having Sydney's supposed greatest attractions - The Harbour and it's tributaries that dissect Sydney and add to infrastructure development problems/cost and then there is the luxury of having the massive National Parks so close to north and south of the City, but many Melbourne people also do lengthy commutes from the east/south east especially.

Brisbane is a little different, often having been thought of as a large country town that has in recent decades come of age, fuelled partly because of southern folk thinking a warmer climate would be nice.

It has a web of a different pattern for there are the very popular satellite regions of the Gold and Sunshine Coast with much commuting now done from either to Brisbane, it all being funnelled down the one north-south motorways system that also carries heavy interstate/intrastate commercial traffic in addition to visiting travellers and domestic holiday makers and then the city itself is dissected by the Brisbane River and you have the N-S traffic intersecting with City - Airport traffic, something that has been addressed though total project of Gateway Bridge duplication is not yet complete.
Brisbane is also in the midst of developing City bypass systems but one wonders whether all these just help move additional traffic faster to get your bottleneck somewhere else!

For instance, motorways that are intended to move traffic rapidly start to fail when off ramps can not cope with traffic on the motorway wanting to get off, and there have been times when you are on a motorway and traffic stops to a crawl and you might think Oh No!, maybe an accident up ahead and after 10-15 minutes of a crawl, all of a sudden the traffic speeds up again and thins out - perhaps the local police got out and gave some traffic direction to get offramp traffic moving.
That kind of traffic build-up will always happen but maybe traffic control HQ with live video survellance can get ahead and predict snarls and have police on the scene before it happens.
A good move because some bad motorway crashes can happen and then snarl will just get worse.

Cairns will be OK if you not mind a lot of rain/humidity, but then our climate is supposed to be changing!

Personally, I would look to establish yourself in a regional city if your occupation or whatever allowed that, maybe even a slight occupation change or if income is not going to be an issue.

And if the latter is the case, one of the most beautiful places of Australia to live, one with a moderately mild year round climate is the South Coast of NSW.
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wow, what a brilliant reply, thanks! you must of read my mind, the traffic info is great.

I have 2 friends that have moved to Brisbane in the last 2 years, and 1 to sydney. So far so good on all counts.

If there was some way I could be self-employed and do what I do now (fix pcs), I would be quite happy and would prefer to live away from the city, the main draw for me to australia is the lifestyle, I'm not bothered about being rich or wealthy even, just to have a good easy going life long term, and enjoy a better climate.

But, I think I will need sponsorship, so I am presuming I really need to be in or near a city to stand a chance of finding a decent employee that will uptake the sponsorship.

By Melbourne being calmer, im not totally sure what I meant, i just found it to be quieter than other cities, but thinking about it im not really sure how.

I was there between april and july, the climate was very nice everywhere I went, starting in Melbourne. I can appreciate the temps in the summer are probably a lot more uncomfortable up north!

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I think quieter or calmer in a sense of sereness is Melbourne in some ways when I think of it more and I put that down to the wider streets brought about by having room for trams and now a lot of traffic management to have some of the streets relatively free of traffic.

And then despite Sydney having the Harbour, the Yarra river and a huge green belt to south and east of Melbourne seem to give Melbourne more an open feel to me whereas Sydney just seems to have more of high rise and traffic clutter, even Brisbane too, though a lot smaller in size as cities go.
And certainly when it's a bit cooler, having an outdoor stroll is much better than if it is warm and humid, times I have been in Sydney and it certainly generates a real heat sink feel.

If anything Adelaide has a similar feel and could be an option to be considered as is Perth though it always has that distance away, you would be surprised how many people in Australia never get to the west coast nor west coasters to the east and travel is probably overseas in many instances before trans Australia.

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I suggest you go for Sydney. It is one of the most beautiful city in the whole world. Besides, it is surrounded by beautiful beaches. So, I'm sure you'll love it there. And, the lifestyles and quality of living there is great!

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Sydney's too expensive. You can't beat Melbourne for shopping and nightlife.

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Check out Lismore on the far north coast of NSW. Affordable housing, coastal location, relaxed life style.

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For me, Melbourne!

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For me, Melbourne!
I've been looking at Melbourne as well. How is it there?

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with out any confusion you should choose Sydney if other things support. there is no much of this place to live in.

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