Last week I read yet another newspaper article about the so-called Sydney Melbourne rivalry. Generally they focus on which city has the best coffee or restaurants. This time it was about fashion and style and where you will find the best dressed men. According to data generated by the Global Language Monitor, an organisation that tracks the frequency of words and phrases in the media and on the web, Sydney is the clear winner, ranked 8th in the world and well ahead of Melbourne at 26th.
I’ve just returned from a long weekend in Sydney. I had a fantastic time catching up with good friends and exploring this fabulous city. We visited Manly and its beautiful beach and took the ferry to Circular Quay. I love this ferry ride – it’s a wonderful way to travel to the city and you get an amazing view of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House from the water.
We walked around The Rocks area, stopping to check out the buskers and amazing views of the harbour. We admired the lovely old heritage buildings. We stumbled across a great little food market where local workers and tourists mingled together in the different queues to buy lunch. The Gozleme stall was clearly the most popular with a massive line that took well over an hour to disappear.
The next day we took a drive to Pittwater – an area I’ve not visited before but definitely wish to return to. Pittwater is about 40km north of the Sydney CBD and surrounded by a national park. It is a very popular destination for fishing and sailing and as we drove along the water’s edge had fantastic views of the beaches and the many yachts and fishing boats anchored off shore.
My short holiday in this beautiful city caused me to reflect on the supposed inter-city rivalry that our newspapers write about time and time again. I wondered why the media insist on dredging up the same old stories. Are we really so concerned with which city has the best coffee or restaurants? Do we honestly care if Sydney men are more stylish than their Melbourne counterparts? Surely there are more interesting things to write about.
For me, Sydney is a great place to visit, and Melbourne is where I love to live. Isn’t that all that matters?