sydney, new south wales, australia

No doubt about it, Sydney is one of those cities in the world that have the ‘wow’ factor. From one side of the harbor to the other you can travel through time, across several socio-economic brackets and walk past some of the country’s greatest architecture. If Uluru is Australia’s ancient beating heart, Sydney is where we find the dawn of our industrial era. It has all the icons: Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Government House. Now there is the incredible Contemporary Art Museum to add to the mix on Circular Quay.

Anyone who grew up in the ‘80s will remember Playing Beattie Bow, a young woman’s journey to adulthood set against the back drop of Sydney’s Rocks, and travelling from present to our colonial past. You can’t walk through Sydney and not picture the city as it once was; it is a city that captures the imagination.

As a Melburnian, I can say with certainty that I love Sydney, it is endlessly entertaining and I am continually awestruck whenever I go. But just to visit – I couldn’t live there… yes, that old rivalry!  Given our long-standing competitiveness I may outrage a few Sydney-siders but there are a few places about town that remind me of home. Just a few; Sydney has a flavour all of it’s own but there a couple of things that a Melburnian can’t do without.