Australia’s oldest, largest and most-populated city, Sydney is alive and pumping all year round. It’s a place where you can work in a thriving city centre during the day and retreat to the beach in the evening.

Sydney prides itself on its multi-cultural heritage and celebrates this every year with a month-long festival. It’s no wonder that it’s ranked in the top visited and livable cities in the world; for decades, residents and tourists alike have fallen in love with this iconic city on the glittering Pacific.

Sydney evolved into a budding free society in the early 1800s. When gold was discovered mid-Century, migrants flooded in and the population boomed, leading to a period of great prosperity. Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, the greatest engineering feat in Australia, was constructed during the Great Depression. Through historical ups and downs Sydney has managed to exert strong political, economic and cultural influence over Australia and received international acclaim.

With around five million inhabitants and 650 suburbs, Sydney is diverse in both its people and landscapes. Known as the city of villages, its suburbs all have their own local, community feel. Central suburbs offer elite shopping, top universities and lively restaurants, bars and cafes. Travel about 70 km west through the western suburbs and you reach the city’s border, with bush land and mountainous national parks, perfect for day trips.

Built around the world’s largest natural harbour, ferries are a main mode of transport. The eastern suburbs overlooks bays and impressive coastal walks, and much of the city flock there during summer due to the humid subtropical climate.

Sydney boasts well-paying, knowledge-based jobs in the business and financial services sector and has earnt itself the title of Asia-Pacific’s economic hub. Industry is feeling the pressure to move outwards as the population swells and infrastructure improvements aim to connect outlying suburbs to the inner city. The property market exists as not one but many submarkets split by geographical price points and property types, with trends fluctuating across each.