Moving to Australia

Living In Sydney

Facts and Figures

The People

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  • Nicknamed Sydneysiders
  • Population: 5 million
  • Average age of residents: 35.8
  • Average net monthly salary: $5,092
  • Top 5 overseas-born populations: China, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand and Vietnam

The Weather

  • Climate: humid subtropical with warm summers and cool winters
  • Average temperature: 14.5-22.5oC (53-78oF)
  • Annual rainfall: 1,223mm
  • Find out more about Australian weather

Cost of living

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Sydney is undeniably an expensive place to live, but generally speaking the salaries are higher to match. Sydney real estate prices in particular are some of the most expensive in the world, surpassing both New York City and Paris.

  • Median house price: $999,600
  • Monthly rent on a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre: $2,680
  • One-way ticket on public transport: $4.00
  • 1 litre of milk: $1.46
  • Loaf of bread: $2.81
  • 1kg of apples: $4.40


Public transport in Sydney is considered good and there are a range of options to get around, including trains, buses and ferries.

But cars are still the primary mode of transport for many Sydneysiders, particularly those living in the outer suburbs. Visit for detailed information on Sydney public transport.

Find out more about Australian public transport in general.

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Attractions & Sights

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to culture and entertainment in New South Wales’ capital. If you’re into museums there’s plenty on offer:

Art buffs will love the galleries around the city and suburbs too:

The city’s multiculturalism is reflected in its neighbourhoods and the incredible range of cuisines to choose from when eating out – perfect if you’re missing the flavours of home or in the mood to try something different, for example:

  • Chinatown in Dixon Street
  • The Spanish Quarter in Liverpool Street
  • Little Italy in Stanley Street
  • Read our guide to eating out in Australia for some hot tips

Party animals will not miss out in Sydney – it’s well-known for turning it on when the sun goes down. The best nightlife hot spots are:

  • The Rocks
  • Circular Quay
  • Kings Cross
  • Oxford Street
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Nature lovers and families will enjoy:

  • Surfing or swimming at Sydney’s 100+ beaches (yes you read that right!) Check out our learning to surf article for some beginner tips, and read our beach safety article to learn how to stay safe
  • Meeting native Aussie wildlife at Taronga Zoo in Mosman
  • Day-tripping to the scenic Blue Mountains west of Sydney
  • Whale watching off the coast – read our article on the best places to spot whales

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The city’s festival and events calendar is jam-packed and includes:

And don’t forget you’ll be up close and personal with those internationally-recognised icons the Harbour Bridge and Opera House!

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Negatives To Consider

While there are certainly many positives to living in Sydney, consider the high cost of living, traffic congestion issues and higher crime and pollution levels than many other Australian cities before you make a decision on your new home in Australia.

Decided To Move To Sydney?

Congratulations! You’ll need to get the essentials sorted before you leave or soon after you arrive. Here are some tips on setting up the basics you’ll need to start your new life.


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