On a map, Australia may look far removed from the rest of the world, but expats will hardly find the lifestyle in Sydney hard to adapt to. The city is a top choice for many expats thanks to its gorgeous weather, pristine beaches and thriving nightlife.

Sydney provides working professionals with an attractive work-life balance and, on top of a general respect for time outside of the office, employees can expect to receive at least four weeks of paid holiday every year. This leaves many expats well situated to take advantage of the enviable lifestyle that Sydney offers.

Shopping in Sydney

Fashionistas may laud Paris, Milan or New York City as the best shopping destinations on the planet, but Sydney is quickly earning its stripes as a world leader. The city claims a number of boutique clothing stores, vintage stores, high-end shopping malls and everything in between.

The Queen Victoria Building, commonly referred to as the QVB, is a must-see for anyone who loves to shop. Located on George Street, the QVB is packed with purveyors of clothing, shoes, accessories and much besides. Shoppers can also check out one of the many cafés tucked away throughout the building if they need to take a break or recharge their stride. Westfield Sydney Shopping Centre is another great place to look for clothing, shoes, home furnishings and accessories

Shoppers on the hunt for unique items such as vintage clothing, handcrafted jewellery or handmade purses and wallets, the Rocks Markets should be high on anybody's list of must-sees. 

Eating out in Sydney

Whether expats are in the mood for Italian, Thai or authentic Aussie food, Sydney has something to satisfy any palate. Like many big cities around the world, dining out can be expensive, but knowing where to look can keep costs low without sacrificing an opportunity to indulge.

Pubs and hotels are popular quick-eats choices, and many offer happy hour specials. Anyone celebrating a special occasion or in the mood for a fancier restaurant should be sure to scope out Darling Harbour, where patrons can enjoy good seafood and watch the sun set over the water.

Nightlife in Sydney

While Sydney may be known for attractions such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, it's also host to a thriving nightlife, and boasts some of the best nightclubs and bars in the world. 

Expats looking for a party on a Friday or Saturday night should head to Kings Cross, where some of the city’s best nightclubs are found. King Street in Newtown and Oxford Street in Darlinghurst are also well worth a visit. Both of these areas offer a wide selection of beer gardens, cocktail bars and pubs to choose from, and drink prices tend to be slightly cheaper than at venues in the city centre.