Don’t Shoot the Messenger: Sydney Named Worst Australian City

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on February 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

As voted by its own citizens, Aussies have voted Sydney as the worst Australian city among the eight largest metropolitan centers. According to the NZ Herald, the order, from best to worst, is:

  1. Adelaide
  2. Canberra
  3. Melbourne
  4. Perth
  5. Hobart
  6. Brisbane
  7. Darwin
  8. Sydney

Sydneysiders took exception to its natural environment, schools, housing, cleanliness, cultural integration and road network. 4072 Australians were included in the survey, answering questions about the cities they live in. While New South Wales premier, Kristina Keneally, didn’t agree with the findings, Property Council chief executive Peter Verwer thinks it’s right on the money:

I don’t think Sydneysiders have been overly harsh here, I think they’ve been realistic. Sydney has been consistently on the slide since the (2000) Olympics. The reality is people in Sydney are sick of broken promises from politicians when it comes to things like infrastructure and transport.

On the good side, Sydney was ranked second behind Melbourne for its entertainment options and its climate placed third.

I lived in Melbourne for two years and visited most of the cities in the list. I am personally not a big fan of Sydney, but to place it last seems out of order, especially considering Canberra finished second. The other notable thing is that Sydney’s natural environment was put down, which is a little shocking. Sydney’s natural environment — the beaches and the harbour especially — are the one thing I think it beats Melbourne on.

What do you think?

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