On the world stage, Sydney cleans up pretty well in terms of liveability: according to the 2019 Global Liveability Index, Harbour City ranks third place.
But when you drill down into the city itself – which is made up of 569 suburbs – the reality can look a little different.
According to Domain, which ranked Sydney’s suburbs by liveability based on 19 indicators such as walkability, access to harbour views, culture, employment, public transport, open space, access to shops and cafes, and more, the best place to be is Milsons Point in Sydney’s lower north shore.
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“Blessed by a harbourfront location, the suburb earns points for having spectacular views and for access to cafes, thanks to a vibrant foodie scene,” said Domain.
“Milsons Point is well-serviced by trains and ferries, but with a top walkability rating, you can also get around easily on foot. Other strengths include employment and open space, with access to primary schools one of very few weak spots.”
In fact, most of Sydney’s most liveable suburbs were in Sydney’s northern or eastern beach- or harbour-hugging suburbs: second on the list was Milsons Point’s neighbouring suburb, Lavender Bay.
Sydney CBD came in third place, unsurprisingly a top performer in employment, followed by Kirribilli – noted for its killer harbour views, eateries, walkability and access to employment, while McMahons Point came in fifth place for its cafe culture, retails, views and proximity to job hubs.
Wollstonecraft, Darling Point, Waverton, North Sydney, and Edgecliff rounded out the top 10.
Sydney’s least liveable suburbs
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Blairmount – a sparsely populated suburb north-west of Campbelltown – has little access to jobs, schools, and retail. It also does poorly on open space and walkability.
In second-last place is Denham Court, which is equal distance between Campbelltown and Liverpool. While it isn’t congested and has a lot of tree cover, it ranks poorly on cafes, employment, cultural services, education and retail, and highly on crime.
In third- and fourth-last place are Bardia and Glen Alpine, which are suburbs near Liverpool and Campbelltown.
So where does your suburb sit?
Access the full list of 569 suburbs here.
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