Moving from New Zealand to Australia: Sydney or Melbourne, which major Australian city is right for you?

Moving to Australia Sydney or Melbourne

Australia is an amazing country to visit and live in. There are so many sights to see, lots of activities to experience and plenty of dining options to keep your belly happy. But, let’s face it, choosing where to live in this beautiful continent can be difficult. Over the next few weeks, we’ll sharing information about each of its major cities to help you decide which Aussie city is right for you. This week, we’ll be sharing a quick guide about Sydney and Melbourne, two of the country’s biggest cities.

Moving from New Zealand to Sydney

Sydney is definitely bigger than Melbourne in terms of population and GDP. The city has been named as one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, with amazing weather and plenty of man-made and natural sights to discover. Locals and visitors are also spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink options with top restaurants including Iceberg’s Dining Room and Bar at Bondi, Quay and an array of options at Sydney’s newest dining precinct, Barangaroo.

Sydney’s Population

Currently 4.9 million individuals call Greater Sydney home. According to recent data from the ABS, there are 117, 136 Kiwis living in NSW, with 86, 526 living in Greater Sydney and 2,6351 of these living in the city itself.  

Contributions to Australia’s GDP

In terms of contributions to Australia’s GDP, Sydney is one of the biggest contributors, with approximately $101 billion from the City of Sydney alone.

Economic Profile_Sydney GDP

Employment rate in Sydney

The City of Sydney has one of the highest employment rate in the country with “over 437,000 jobs in a range of industries and across all skills levels, offering diverse opportunities for a diverse community”2

Economic Profile_Sydney Employment

Business mix

These individuals are employed in approximately 21,600 “individual businesses in the city, ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups and business incubators to multinationl corporations spanning a variety of industries.”2

Economic Profile_Sydney Industry

Sydney Weather

Weather-wise, Sydney’s humid subtropical is more enjoyable compared to Melbourne’s subtropical oceanic, with January being the hottest month when average maximum temperature is 27°C and average minimum temperature is 19°C. The coldest month is July when average temperature is 13°C.

Things to do in Sydney

If you’re moving to Sydney with your children, there are plenty of activities and sights to make your new home more enjoyable, including:

  • Taronga Zoo
  • Sea Life Aquarium,
  • Iconic Harbour Bridge Climb,
  • Bondi Beach
  • Easy access to national parks including the Blue Mountains and Royal National Park

If Sydney has peaked your interest and you believe that a move to Sydney is perfect for you, check out our Complete Moving Guide to Sydney, where we share information about Public Transport, Rent and Living Expenses.


Moving from New Zealand to Melbourne

In 2017, Melbourne was ranked the 2nd most liveable city in the world thanks to its extremely diverse and creative community. Just like Sydney, there are plenty of dining options with world-class restaurants such as Attica, Minamishima and Chin Chin. It’s also often referred as the cultural hub of Australia with a host of painted murals, live performances and rooftop bars located in different parts of the city.

Melbourne’s Population

As of 2016, the population of Greater Melbourne sits at 4.8 million, with approximately 93, 253 New Zealanders living in Victoria and 78, 908 Kiwis in the Greater Melbourne region3.

Contributions to Australia’s GDP

In 2019, the City of Melbourne contributed $104.1 billion to Australia’s economy, this is roughly 7% of Australia’s GDP4.

Economic Profile_Melbourne GDP

Employment rate in Melbourne

Currently, 497,200 individuals are employed across thousands of businesses in the City of Melbourne. The biggest employer of Melburnians includes4:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services – 87, 292
  • Financial and Insurance Services – 69, 271
  • Accommodation and Food Services – 49,331

Economic Profile_Melbourne Employment

Contributions to City of Melbourne GLP based on Industry

The industry that makes the largest contributions to the City of Melbourne’s GLP (Gross Local Product) is Financial and Insurance Services. This is followed by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, and Information, Media and Telecommunications Services4. Further breakdown of industries can be found below:

Economic Profile_Melbourne Industry

Melbourne Weather

The average temperature in Melbourne is cooler than Sydney with January being the hottest month with average temperate of 21°C, while the coldest month is July at 10°C.

Things to do in Melbourne

Just like Sydney, there are plenty of activities and sights to experience and see in Melbourne, this includes:

  • Federation Square
  • St Kilda Pier
  • Great Ocean Road
  • Grampians
  • Phillip Island

If you think that a move to Melbourne is the right step for you, make sure you read our Complete Moving Guide to Melbourne, where we share key information about Public Transport, Family Living and Living Cost.

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1 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016 Census QuickStats – Sydney

2 City of Sydney, Economic Development Strategy 2013

3 Australian Bureau of Statistic, 2016 Census QuickStats – Greater Melbourne

4 City of Melbourne, Economic Profile 2019


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