Beautiful beaches, green spaces and a business-minded international population have helped propel Sydney, Australia’s largest city, to a starring role in Asia Pacific. It is an easy place to live and work and its energetic residents relish their active, outdoor lifestyle.
Sydney is in New South Wales on Australia’s southeast coast. It’s a centre for commerce, tourism and also culture: from the iconic Sydney Harbour Opera House to the Australian Museum there are excellent opportunities to follow entertainment and the arts. Sports are an important part of life here and the legacy of hosting the 2000 Olympic Games remains apparent in the city’s excellent infrastructure.
Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city both for buying and renting property with a well-established luxury housing market. The Rocks is the historic heart, just ten-minutes on foot from the Central Business District (CBD) and close to some of the city’s best restaurants and bars: a perfect city-centre location for business people. Apartments in Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay also provide easy access to the CBD.
Smart property choices include family-friendly Paddington, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills in the east, all with a lively community spirit. The quiet affluence of Double Bay and Rose Hill appeals to executives while families like well-connected Mosman on the Lower North Shore and also the northern beach suburbs of Manly and Bondi.
Good schools, classy boutiques and a strong cafe culture define many inner west suburbs. Picturesque and vibrant Balmain three miles north west of the city centre was originally a working class area. Today it has become a top choice for a home helped by its harbour views, hip shopping in Darling Street and desirable Victorian ‘worker’ cottages.