The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is a bustling metropolis with a population of 4.5 million.

It’s home to some of the world’s most iconic buildings and structures, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and St Mary’s Cathedral.

New South Wales is the country’s most popular destination for migrants and it’s not hard to see why so many people flock to Sydney upon their arrival.

Here’s why we think Sydney’s a great place to live.

1. The Hustle and Bustle

There’s always something going on in Sydney. If you love city life and don’t mind the crowds then this could be the place for you. Unlike many other Australian cities where it can be hard to get something to eat after 9pm, Sydney’s cafes, bars and restaurants are often open late into the night. There are gigs, festivals and exhibitions to enjoy most days of the week and, although it’s not officially the country’s capital city, it certainly feels like one.

2. The Climate

Sydney has a temperate climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. You can spend the summer months soaking up the sunshine on the beach and winter exploring the galleries, museums and other indoor attractions. On average, the city enjoys over 340 days of sunshine every year.

3. The Location

Unlike cities such as Perth and Darwin, which are relatively isolated, Sydney is in relatively close proximity to other cities such as Melbourne and Canberra. The drive from Sydney to Canberra comes in at under 3 hours, which makes it an ideal destination for weekend breaks. If you want to head north then you’ll find flights between Sydney and Brisbane for as little as $60 with budget airlines like Jetstar.

4. The Attractions

When it comes to attractions in Sydney, you’ll be spoiled for choice! There’s the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as well as the iconic Bondi Beach. You can also visit the splendid Royal Botanic Gardens or take in the sights at Darling Harbour. Also within close proximity to Sydney are the stunning Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley Wine Region.

5. The Grub

Sydney is a truly multicultural city and you’ll find cuisine from all over the world on offer here. There really is something for everyone, from the world-class eateries around the harbour to the pocket-friendly Thai, Vietnamese and Indian restaurants in Newtown.

So, there you go, Sydney has plenty to offer anyone thinking of migrating to Australia.

It’s summed up pretty well in this quote from Aussie filmmaker Baz Luhrman:

“One of the great things about Sydney is that is has a great acceptance of everyone and everything. It’s an incredibly tolerant city, and a city with a huge multicultural basis.”

Film Director, Baz Luhrman