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Old 04-07-2009, 06:16 AM
 
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Im all about the car-free lifestyle and might be moving to Australia soon. Which of these cities is better for walkablility, has a more "urban" downtown, more distinct neighborhoods, better restaurants and bars, better music scene?

Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:51 PM
 
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When I was in Melbourne, I travelled almost exclusively a bicycle. Sometimes the train, too. There is plenty of bike lanes, and drivers have tolerance.

Every suburb has a main street full of pedestrians. Even the boring ones make American cities look bad in comparison.

As for the trains and trams, they're really only designed to get you in or out of the CBD, they don't have much use if you are traveling suburb-to-suburb.
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:44 PM
 
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I know this is an old thread, but I have the same questions. Can anyone provide more comparisons per the OP's questions?
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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Yeah, Melbourne is without a doubt the city with the best walkability, culture and music scene in Australia.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:40 AM
 
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Melbourne better!
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:41 AM
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I know this is an old thread, but I have the same questions. Can anyone provide more comparisons per the OP's questions?
Everyone says Melbourne is better, but you really have to see for yourself. Both cities meet the criteria.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:38 AM
 
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The answer is Melbourne to each of the criteria mentioned by the OP, plus many others. Sydney has an attractive harbour though and marginally better weather.
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:48 AM
 
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Melbourne is more walkable, Sydney wins on everything else. Don't buy the marketing spiel about coffee and culture and "Europe".
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Old 02-05-2015, 04:09 PM
 
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Melbourne is more walkable, Sydney wins on everything else. Don't buy the marketing spiel about coffee and culture and "Europe".
Melbourne is a lot easier to get around. Still think the food/coffee scene (in part due to the laneways) wins hands down, if comparing.
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:17 PM
 
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Im all about the car-free lifestyle and might be moving to Australia soon. Which of these cities is better for walkablility, has a more "urban" downtown, more distinct neighborhoods, better restaurants and bars, better music scene?

Any help would be much appreciated!
Melbourne. Far more liveable than Sydney.
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