|Melbourne vs. Sydney|
|http://www.sina.com.cn 2005/09/28 21:44 《第一英语》杂志|
Australia’s history has in many ways been shaped by an intense rivalry between the country’s two largest cities: Sydney and Melbourne. The two urban areas are quite different in character, but equally interesting. In fact, it would probably take a while for an outsider to develop a preference. The locals, however, have definite opinions about which city is Australia’s best. So what is the answer? It all depends on whether you are talking to a “Sydneysider” or a “Melbournite”.
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales. While it boasts of being the largest city in Australia, Sydney has often been characterized as brash and flamboyant compared to Victoria’s Melbourne, the more elegant and refined city.
In fact, when the two British colonies of Victoria and New South Wales joined to form the Federation of Australia in 1901, their rivalry made it necessary to create neutral ground for a capital -- an Australian Capital Territory (ACT). This territory was created at an inland point between Melbourne and Sydney. Although many farmers complained about the decision and called it “good sheep paddock spoiled,” it was felt to be the only solution to avoid a never-ending conflict.
Which city you like better may depend upon your favourite past-time. If you like to relax by soaking up the sand, sun, and sea, then Sydney—with its famous beaches and fine weather— is the place for you. However, if you prefer to spend your time browsing in shops, or visiting museums and galleries in between cups of cappuccino at patio cafes, then Melbourne is better choice.
There are also other cities in Australia well worth visiting: Townsville, in Queensland, is the gateway to Australia’s rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. Alice Springs, a tiny town in the center of the country, offers a rare look into desert habitat. In contrast, the area surrounding Perth is the fastest-growing region in Australia. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is surrounded by spectacular nature. Just like Sydney, Perth has a superb climate. What’s more, Sydney and Perth are both homes to EF International Schools of English.
Wherever you choose to go in Australia, one thing is for sure: you won’t be disappointed!
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