Sydney is one of my all-time favourite cities and I’m hardly alone in that sentiment.
The worst thing about Sydney, apart from leaving, is that its ever-increasing global popularity means that both prices and traffic continue to climb to uncomfortable levels.
Imagine my surprise then when a few years back I read a Sydney Morning Herald article which contained data showing that in fact the Eastern Suburbs have the highest per-capita rates of domestic violence in all of Sydney!
Pack people into ever-smaller living areas, put financial pressure on them causing them to work harder and then release the pressure by partying longer on the booze at weekends, and the recipe is pretty simple.
Ironically, one of the most progressive aspects of Sydney is the fast improvement in the last decade of facilities for its younger members of society. Sydney is becoming a kids’ paradise!
Whether it’s the wonderful bike park and playground in Sydney Park, the new water park in Marrickville on the bank of the Cooks River, or the incredible playground at Silverwater, surprisingly close to Silverwater jail, these amenities for the little folks are top-class and all free. Two of these locations even have cafes on them serving excellent coffee to keep mums and dads happy – if you’re prepared to live a little bit west of the city in order to have a bit of extra space in order to raise a family, then you’ll be feeling quite good about what’s on offer.
Some of the greatest things about Sydney are:
1. The Beaches, with Bondi, Manly, Freshwater, Whale Beach and Bronte being my favourites.
2. The Harbour – so many wonderful spots such as of course the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Parsley Bay, Red Leaf Pool and Watsons Bay.
3. The cafes including great ones such as Cafe Mint, Robocog, Cafe Guilia, Blue Orange and Lemon Cafe.
4. The people – you have to be pretty good at what you do to live in Sydney – it’s a city brimming with talent.
5. The Sydney Swans – a great AFL football team famous for its “no dickheads” policy. What it does is recruit the occasional dickhead and turn them into thorough gentlemen – most of the time anyway!