Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane: Which is Your Best Fit?

You’re ready to go Down Under, you’re going to study and learn, and also travel the adventurous land of Vegemite, bush walking, surfing, and kangaroos. But, before you slap on your sunscreen and get your koala-petting fingers ready, you need to figure out which Australian city you’re going to fall in love with. Studying in the sixth biggest country in the world, you’ll find that Australia has an enormous variety of lifestyles to offer. ILSC offers quality language training in all three of biggest cities, so you will need this guide to choosing where to change your life.


You don’t need any photography skills to take the best photos of your life in Sydney. Easily accessed from the vibrant and bustling city, the sheer overwhelming natural beauty of the sweeping beach views seen from on high will take your breath away. When you’re not speechlessly staring at the scenery, you will find endless landmarks and iconic places to visit. Whether you climb the Sydney Bridge, visit the famous opera house, hang out with kangaroos at Taronga Zoo, lounge on Bondi Beach, or learn to surf, Sydney really has it all. It’s a perfect blend of raw nature and thriving metropolis, and you’ll easily find yourself welcomed in Australia’s largest and most diverse city.


Called the Capital of Cool, what Melbourne misses out on coastal adventures it more than makes up for with culture. Renowned for its world class music and fashion scenes, as well as endless entertainment, sports, and shopping, Melbourne is a creative type’s dream and hosts over 100 art galleries. Foodies will rejoice at the diverse and lovely abundance of exciting multi-cultured restaurants. Sports-fans can celebrate tennis by watching the Australian Open, or even by playing on one of the same courts in the off-season. A tour of one of the world’s best stadiums, Melbourne Cricket Grounds is a must. It was built in 1853, and holds 100,000 fans for soccer games, rugby, and more. Explore museums, local markets, the Yarra Valley wine region, or head out for a weekend drive along Great Ocean Road to visit the picturesque Twelve Apostles, massive limestone stacks standing proudly in the surf. Immerse yourself in the cutting edge, you will never be bored in trendy, laid-back, and fascinating Melbourne.


Less crowded than its sibling cities, Brisbane has a friendly and niche community vibe that’ll make you feel like a local, while still enjoying the culture and beauty that Australia is known for. Smaller also means less crowded and much more affordable. This warm subtropical city enjoys a cheery 283 days of sunshine per year. With all those summery days, you’ll want to get outdoors and explore – Brisbane is in easy range of theme parks Wet’ n’ Wild, Movie World, and Dream World, not to mention the famed golden beaches of the Gold Coast where you can learn to surf in some of Australia’s best conditions. Or, you could head to Tangalooma Resort for a weekend trip to hand feed dolphins and snorkel in shipwrecks. A delightful mix of city and nature, Brisbane can suit the wishes of any traveller.

Australians of any location will be quick to tell you why theirs is the best, and friendly competition thrives between the major cities, each boasting their particular points of pride. Whether you want to be an urbanite in Sydney, exploring the very best of natural views in your free time, immerse yourself if the hip Melbourne art scene, or get cozy in the neighborhoods of Brisbane, wherever you choose to learn English in Australia, you’re bound to find an incredible experience inside and outside of the classroom in some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Now that you’re ready to choose your adventure, ILSC is ready to welcome you. Find out more here!



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