The landmarks of Sydney are sublime in both their beauty and variety. Sydney Harbour is by far one of the most picturesque locations on Earth, as Sydney Opera House perches magnificently on the bay with Harbour Bridge and Fort Dennison. Sydney is also home to botanic gardens, museums, galleries, and cathedrals, as well as some of the most unique sandy beaches.
Although, Melbourne does have its own architectural flare, particularly when it comes to iconic sporting venues. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a particular must-see for sports fans as the gigantic, 100,000-seat stadium has hosted momentous football games, cricket matches, and even the Olympic Games.
The Verdict: Sydney is the obvious choice if you wish to experience true magnificence whilst in Australia, unless you’re a sports fan.
Over the years, Sydney’s nightlife
has developed a negative reputation, with some visitors claiming the atmosphere is hostile and dangerous. However, if you limit your clubbing to well known, obvious areas like Darling Harbour, The Rocks and Potts Point you’ll probably feel a lot safer. As for the clubs themselves, they tend to be a bit flashy, with famous DJs and other musicians showing up regularly to perform.
Melbourne’s venues may appeal a little more to the mature visitors, who enjoy rooftop bars and an artsy atmosphere. There are hundreds of live music venues scattered around Melbourne and its suburbs, which is nice, but be warned there may be hipsters. If you’d like to do something a little different and you’re into poker, you can also visit Melbourne’s Crown Casino, as it is perhaps Australia’s finest place to gamble. Melbourne’s Crown Casino is the largest casino in the southern hemisphere
, it covers two city blocks and is home to three hotels, and even a ballroom!
: If clubbing is your thing, you have to go to Sydney. But, if you prefer rooftop bars and casinos then you may prefer Melbourne.
You may think that food throughout Australia must be reasonably similar, but Melbourne seems to have developed a reputation for having the best dining experiences
around. Sydney is home to some fantastic restaurants, but they are extremely expensive, whilst in Melbourne there is a diverse and reasonably priced dish for every palette.
: If you like your food, you’ll love Melbourne.
Sydney and Melbourne both have a lot to offer when it comes to shopping, whether you’re searching for big brands or boutiques. Sydney does do particularly well when it comes to the more eccentric shopping as they often incorporate the modern styles with their architecture.
Meanwhile in Melbourne, the city’s artsy atmosphere shines through in their shopping laneways, with numerous secret streets brimming with unique designs and trinkets you couldn’t find anywhere else.
: Sydney and Melbourne are relatively similar when it comes to shopping, but if you like the artsy atmosphere stick with Melbourne.