SYDNEY'S culture is thriving, its beaches are astounding and the outdoor sights are as good as they get. Just don't mention the traffic.

NEIL KEENE with thanks to The Daily Telegraph

An annual survey of Australia's most livable cities has revealed the things Sydneysiders most love and loathe about their home town, and, ironically, the nation's largest metropolis scored best for everything to do with the outdoors.

Almost 80 per cent surveyed for the My City report either agreed or strongly agreed that NSW's capital boasted "a wide range of recreational outdoor environments". Seven out of 10 relished the climate, and almost as many loved its "attractive" natural environment.

With 4.6 million inhabitants and a melting pot of ethnic and social backgrounds unparalleled in Australia, it's no surprise Sydney also got top marks for having a vibrant cultural scene.

The Property Council of Australia, which commissioned the annual report, yesterday said Sydney's standing as Australia's only global city meant it was popular with people seeking well-paid work and a prosperous lifestyle.

"We're a home for talent, and the economic strength of Sydney makes it a great place to live," the Property Council's NSW executive director Glenn Byres said.

But getting around the place is where Sydney stumbles. Just 17 per cent of residents believed the city had a good road network and "minimal" traffic congestion, while almost a quarter strongly disagreed with that assertion.

Only 40 per cent rated Sydney's public transport system as "good".

Overall, Sydney rated above only Darwin in a list of Australia's 11 most-livable cities. Then again, Adelaide came first, and as Premier Barry O'Farrell pointed out, it doesn't necessarily mean Adelaide is a better place to live.



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