So what exactly makes a suburb liveable? Well, there are apparently 16 criteria to determine exactly where is best to set down your roots. Access to employment, transport, culture, shopping, education, crime, views and food scene all make a mention. So we’ve narrowed down the most liveable suburbs across the country, for whether you’re considering a move across the state, or across the road. Inner city locales usually rate higher on these indexes, because, hey, who doesn’t want to stumble home from a night out without a $50 Uber?
Trams connect every gridded corner of this fine city. Melbourne has well and truly come out of Sydney’s shadow. Voted the most liveable city for the sixth year running, setting up camp here is a wise move. Close to absolutely everything, these suburbs are inexpensive for their proximity. With coffee shops on every corner, what’s not to love?
The glitziest of cities that sparkles with unaffordable housing options (well, actually a handful might be in your range). But you pay for the views, and by god the views are beautiful. Stunning harbour side spots, a beach within 15 minutes of everywhere and espresso martinis at every bar. The emerald city will cost you, but for the vibe alone it’s worth it.
They say the weather is never better than in Queensland, and Brissy locals would have to agree. The sun is always shining. Expect to see your neighbours in jumpers as soon as the temp drops below 20 degrees. As Sydney’s tanned, chilled, younger sister, Brisbane is all about the beach to bar. As an emerging city, the rent is cheap and the locals charming.
A hotspot waiting to happen, Canberra well and truly has it all. Forget your school excursion experience, Canberra is much more than just Questacon and politics. Cafes, bars and a wealth of jobs makes the nation’s forgotten capital the place to be. Thanks to the stellar universities the crowd is young.
With its growing cultural scene and everything at arm’s length, Adelaide is a real winner. The beaches are stunning, expect to be able to hear everything on your Spotify live as you wander, and peak hour doesn’t exist. A mix of suburban charm and urban closeness all for the low price of living anywhere but Sydney.
Our far west post is often forgotten, relegated as a place just too far away. Perth may be a sleepier town for some but the bar, cafe and beaches come alive for the locals. The weather is ace and the music festivals pull some of the biggest acts. Plus, for the travellers among you, flights anywhere are that little bit shorter and cheaper.
If you’re after a sea change, there really isn’t anything better than Hobart to slow your pace right down. Epic scenery will have you wandering your new island home and exploring more than ever before. Thanks to tourism, the food is excellent and the coffee even better. Just be prepared to rug up, Antarctic winds are no joke.
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