I can’t believe that I forgot to mention Sydney’s ridiculous property prices earlier. Yep, that’s certainly a major problem with houses selling for over $1 million in many of the more desirable places to live in the city!
I’m not assuming that Melbourne doesn’t have similar problems, but I do think they’re all at least slightly worse in Sydney.
Personally I think Sydney is a city that can sustainably support around 2.5 million, maybe 3 million people at best. But the population has surpassed (or has come very close to) the 5 million mark recently. Despite that, I do believe that there are people who run this city and state who would really like to see Sydney become a global megacity with a population of 7.5 million, maybe even 10 million or more.
Personally I think state & federal governments need to be doing more to not only encourage people who currently live in the cities to move to the regions, but also encouraging newcomers to Australia to settle somewhere other than Sydney or Melbourne. But that’s a debate for another time and thread.
As far as Sydney’s climate is concerned, unfortunately “the warmer months of the year” around here are basically from October to March/April these days.