5 Reasons to Visit Sydney & NOT Melbourne

There are several great rivalries that will always generate debate – Bird or Magic, Lennon or McCartney, Coke or Pepsi, Samsung or Apple and of course Melbourne versus Sydney. We do love Melbourne but there are elements of Sydney that just can’t be equalled.

Here are 5 reasons why you should visit Sydney and not its southern rival Melbourne.

1.  Landmarks

When people think Australia, they think The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, the Twelve Apostles, The Great Ocean Road and Sydney Harbour. However all but one of these attractions doesn’t involve a long trek from a major city. With Sydney, you have the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the harbour itself just a short trip from your hotel room.
What is even better is that you can enjoy harbour views from several spots including King Street Wharf’s Beer DeLuxe.


The upstairs area at Beer DeLuxe Kings Street Wharf boasts an amazing view of Sydney Harbour.

2. Fine dining

Although many will scoff when told Sydney is better when it comes to food, Sydney has appeared in its fair share of World’s Best Restaurants lists sometimes even besting Burn City.

One thing it clearly does is making noise at the top tier of the price and class spectrum. One place to put at the top of your list is 12-Micron, just make sure you book prior.


Precise ingredients and craftsmanship make 12-Micron a food connoisseur’s dream.

3. Beaches

Sydney’s beach culture truly separates Sydney from Melbourne. While household names like Manly and Bondi often steal the show, there are many other spots on offer which are not too far of a journey including Dee Why, Bronte, Coogee and Clovelly.

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For a chilled-out lunch and wine with beach views make sure you pop by Manly Wine Bar.

4. Weather

Do I need to write anything here? Seriously? Even Daniel Andrews would say that Sydney’s weather is way better than Melbourne’s. Not that Melbourne lacks sun and warmth, it’s just that it lacks consistency and predictability, which is what Sydney has in spades.


Untied’s rooftop bar in the heart of Sydney’s CBD

The best way to enjoy Sydney’s great weather is in a beer garden or rooftop bar. There are a few options in the city including Untied and Cargo.

Cargo Bar

Cargo’s massive beer garden looks out over Cockle Bay.

5. Nature

Parks and gardens are sprinkled throughout Sydney and you’ll likely be just a short stroll from Hyde Park which serves as an escape from the concrete jungle. In general, the city does a nice job of regularly interspersing botanic gardens, parkland and a general distribution of flora to help break up the monotony of the CBD.

Just a quick stroll from Hyde Park is The Winery in Surry Hills. With a lush interior and hanging plants lining the walls, this is the perfect place to enjoy a chardonnay.

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