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Who has lived in Sydney recently ?

Hello

I am new here.

We (with a teenage son) are looking at relocating to Sydney.

I would be very interested in talking or chatting with someone who has lived in Sydney in the recent past. I can share my experience of Switzerland (Zurich area).

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Old 02.04.2021, 21:27
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Hello

I am new here.

We (with a teenage son) are looking at relocating to Sydney.

I would be very interested in talking or chatting with someone who has lived in Sydney in the recent past. I can share my experience of Switzerland (Zurich area).

Cheers

Mark
My daughter and her husband live in Melbourne since December 2019.

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Hello

I am new here.

We (with a teenage son) are looking at relocating to Sydney.

I would be very interested in talking or chatting with someone who has lived in Sydney in the recent past. I can share my experience of Switzerland (Zurich area).

Cheers

Mark
Which one? Sydney NS? Or Sidney BC? Both in Canada 🇨🇦
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Sydney Australia
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Old 02.04.2021, 22:04
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Sydney Australia
I can put you in touch with my daughter in Melbourne, and have Swiss/AUS friends in Perth who have been to Sydney.

Tom

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I can put you in touch with my daughter in Melbourne, and have Swiss/AUS friends in Perh who have been to Sydney.

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One thing I was quite surprised at was how different Melbourne, Sydney and Perth are. I didn’t like Perth (but love WA), Sydney everyone just wants to be “seen” and Melbourne I loved instantly!
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One thing I was quite surprised at was how different Melbourne, Sydney and Perth are. I didn’t like Perth (but love WA), Sydney everyone just wants to be “seen” and Melbourne I loved instantly!
My daughter speaks Italian at home, Swiss-German at work, and English otherwise.

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Re: Who has lived in Sydney recently ?

Sydney is a *very big* place.


The economics will be very much impacted by your employment package, job security, family size, and what sort of lifestyle you want to live.


When we moved over from there to Zurich, our cost of living went up about 30% but so did our family income. On the other hand, almost everything was more expensive in Zurich - except a) mobile phone plans b) raspberries c) our rent!


I was back there with my family for a few months before covid. Post-covid will be very interesting...


Job/career prospects in Sydney for young people can be quite difficult. Keeping your teenager engaged in school, positive social circles, and work, will be key.
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Re: Who has lived in Sydney recently ?

Thank you for your post.

We are asking ourselves if we should plan long term to stay in Switzerland (Zurich area) or move back to Australia (Sydney).

Putting economics aspects aside, I am trying to find out more about the different suburbs in Sydney (in particular the northern shores area, Pittwater, basically from manly up to palm beach) in terms of social life. How easy is it for an outsider to integrate and make friends? I am not expecting an answer perhaps shared experiences of life in Sydney.

The other area of interest is around heat. How many days is the heat unbearable ? A couple of years ago temperatures over 40 degrees were reported. Would a house near the water mitigate those extremes? To what extend do people live and work with air conditioning?
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Old 04.04.2021, 08:05
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Re: Who has lived in Sydney recently ?

Palm beach? Everyone is friends in Summer Bay right?
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Re: Who has lived in Sydney recently ?

My experience of north-shore life in Sydney is that it's not really in Sydney ... I had a few uni friends (and a cousin) who live on the north shore, and it is really different. Some of them had never been south of the Bridge until they started uni!

One of my most talkative north-shore friends said that each house is an island, apart from people you know from school. He didn't know his neighbours, for example, until one of them started at his school in the same year as his little brother.

My cousin, on the other hand, is a communicator and got involved in sport (cricket in particular) - so he has heaps of friends who live in and around his suburb, and they meet up quite frequently (when they're not locked down). Same general area as the uni friends, just different experiences due to his nature and interests.

As others have said, though, comparing any major city in Australia to any of the others is apples and oranges - they all have good points and bad points, but those differ fairly wildly and can't give you a proper comparison. It all depends on which one feels right for you, but from your post you're aiming at Sydney - in my opinion the best choice, with the added bonus that Sydney FC are now the W-League Premiers for the 20/21 season and looking good to take the Championship as well.
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Re: Who has lived in Sydney recently ?

Thank you very much for your post and for sharing your experience. That is what I was looking for.

Is your experience that people in the eastern suburbs (say south of manly) are less of islands and interact more with their neighbours ?

Hypothetically if you were to advise your best friend who has never lived in Sydney, where would you say he should focus his efforts to find a place to live (which suburbs), if his main priority being to integrate socially with local people aka Australians ? I am assuming perhaps incorrectly that some places (suburbs) are more welcoming or open than others or just have more locals than other places.

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Re: Who has lived in Sydney recently ?

Are you Australian? You said “move back”.

I have never met an unwelcoming unfriendly Australian. I expect you’d be just fine anywhere
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Re: Who has lived in Sydney recently ?

Yes and I agree with you: the people and the friendliness and general attitude of the people there is the number one reason for us to go to Australia, together with the lifestyle.

I won’t dwell on this to avoid offending anyone here. But I feel we understand each other.

I am trying to get a feel for the different parts of what is truely a huge city. I figured one way was to listen to people who have lived there.
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Re: Who has lived in Sydney recently ?

Check out the Sydney Morning Herald paper if you haven’t already. It will give you a good feel for life there plus has a great property section.

https://www.smh.com.au/
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Thank you for the link. Have you lived in Sydney ?

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Thank you very much for your post and for sharing your experience. That is what I was looking for.

Is your experience that people in the eastern suburbs (say south of manly) are less of islands and interact more with their neighbours ?

Hypothetically if you were to advise your best friend who has never lived in Sydney, where would you say he should focus his efforts to find a place to live (which suburbs), if his main priority being to integrate socially with local people aka Australians ? I am assuming perhaps incorrectly that some places (suburbs) are more welcoming or open than others or just have more locals than other places.

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I'd advise the southern suburbs, but that's where I grew up - level with Botany Bay kind of south, but not beyond that into the Sutherland Shire.
So Hurstville, or Ramsgate ... or anything around/in between the two.
People are very relaxed and friendly (or they were when I was growing up and raising my kids in their young years!).

Also, you're not in the city but close enough to get there easily on a train; public transport sorta works (unlike many other areas of Sydney, where it simply doesn't work at all); and you can get to quite a few good beaches around the southern areas of Sydney.
Oh, and two of Sydney's national parks are within easy reach (the Royal National Park and Heathcoate National Park). Great places to go for a bushwalk, a picnic, or a camping trip. Catch the train down, walk along one of many well-marked tracks, and pick a nice spot to pitch your tent. Ask the National Parks people first which places are restricted / best to stay, and Bob's your uncle!
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Re: Who has lived in Sydney recently ?

Thank you very much for the insight. I will look into those places you recommend.

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Thank you for your post.

We are asking ourselves if we should plan long term to stay in Switzerland (Zurich area) or move back to Australia (Sydney).

Putting economics aspects aside, I am trying to find out more about the different suburbs in Sydney (in particular the northern shores area, Pittwater, basically from manly up to palm beach) in terms of social life. How easy is it for an outsider to integrate and make friends? I am not expecting an answer perhaps shared experiences of life in Sydney.

The other area of interest is around heat. How many days is the heat unbearable ? A couple of years ago temperatures over 40 degrees were reported. Would a house near the water mitigate those extremes? To what extend do people live and work with air conditioning?



We moved back a little over a year ago. We lived on the upper north shore and wanted to live by the beach and just bought a place between Manly and Narrabeen, 350m to beach with a sea view. Past that the commute to the city is over 45 mins for when I have to go back into the office.


On the northern beaches, many places get a sea breeze, so the heat is bearable. Ours has a covered balcony on the north facing side and a roof that has windows that block the summer sun but let the winter sun in. We also have a better standard of glazing than normal. Worse than the heat is the cold - believe it or not. The kids were wearing coats inside in our last house!


Economically moving back to Aus did not make sense at all. We left our jobs and earn less here and pay higher taxes. We save no where near as much, despite no holidays to nice places this year. Food is now more expensive than in Switzerland too.



We love the lifestyle near the beach and my husband and son swim every morning in the rock pool and my kids are surfing and body boarding after school. We've met a few neighbors and locals that introduce themselves and warn us when the rock pool is getting cleaned or there are bluebottles. We met most of our friends with kids through the school.



I previously lived in the eastern suburbs and you can only get a small semi detached house there for 1m more and nowhere near the beach. Traffic is worse and time to the city by public transport is about the same.
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