"Sydney or Melbourne?"
When your travelling anywhere in the world and visiting different places, the people that you meet are bound to ask you "what was your favourite place you've visited?" When it comes to travelling the east coast of Australia you will get asked "Melbourne or Sydney?" The majority of people you meet will most likely say Melbourne. Melbourne is a cool and quirky place, full of amazing coffee shops, colourful street art and boutique fashion stores, along with some beautiful beaches and a wide variety of food to choice from.
However, for me, I am a Sydney person. I constantly get asked why because I guess people just don't see what I do. Sydney is a business hub in Australia with a lot of companies operating from within it's central business district (CBD). Having done a business degree I will always consider my job prospects anywhere I live (doesn't everyone?!) and being in a business hub is kinda of where I would need to be if that's the career path I choose to take, I couldn't very well do that in the middle of nowhere. However, a lot of cities like this are lacking one key factor for me.... THE BEACH! Having grown up, and lived for most of my life, in a seaside city (Plymouth, Devon), I will always want to be within a short distance from a beach. Cities in the UK just don't offer that, and let's face it, the beaches are nothing compared to the ones in Australia.
With so many beautiful beaches, Sydney is somewhere I could seriously consider calling home one day. There are heaps of beaches just short bus rides away from the CBD, making it easy to go for a quick tan top-up after work or an evening stroll in the sunset and still make it home before dark. The public transport in Sydney makes everything so easy to reach that a beach is never to far away, even if you live in the dead centre of the city.
I was lucky enough to have a local tour guide (a family friend), show me around whilst I was in town, who took me to almost every beach within the Sydney central and it's surround areas, I loved Bondi (I'm such a sucker for the ocean pools at Bondi Iceburgs), but I feel in love with Manly beach.
Manly is about a 20 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay ferry port out of the city, but so worth it! White sand, blue sea and a lovely dock area with lots of resturants looking back towards Sydney central. Sydney as a whole has a great fitness culture, lots of coastal walking/ running tracks, free outdoor gym equipment as well as the biggest swimming pool in the world...the ocean! When I visited Manly, I saw PT sessions on the beach happening, beach volleyball being played, surfing, and of course lots of walkers/ runners.
Now that I've been to this beautiful city, I don't honestly think I could live in London knowing that it is possible to be at a 9-5 job and still be able to make it to the beach in the afternoon/ for some sunset yoga. Sydney is truly the best of both worlds, allowing you to be both 'city chick and beach babe' all at the same time.