Earlier this year, Melbourne was declared the third most liveable city in the world. And just a few weeks ago, Australia was ranked as one of the top 5 best countries, according to U.S. News. So, it’s no surprise then that when consultant group Resonance revealed their list of World’s Best Cities, that Melbourne would be on the list. Although we didn’t crack the top 10, we at least made it to the top 50, coming in at number 31 out of 100. Melbourne was also the highest Australian city on the World’s Best Cities list, with Sydney close behind at number 35, and Brisbane at number 57.
World’s Best Cities
The World’s Best Cities rankings look at the overall performance of over 270 cities with populations of over one million. They look at a range of factors to identify the top 100 places to live in, visit and invest in around the world. These factors are grouped into three categories: Liveability, Lovability and Prosperity.
Melbourne was praised for the food and coffee (of course), culture, art scene, and “quirky offerings” like the Brighton Bathing Boxes and St Kilda penguins. We were also celebrated for our access to wine regions, like the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula. Sport also received a shout-out, as Melbourne was noted as the home of the Australian Open.
Meanwhile, Sydney at number 35 was praised for iconic landmarks like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and beaches. Finally, Brisbane was the last Australian city to make it on the list, and was ranked at number 57. It was praised for its cultural centres, beaches and investment in the lead-up to the 2032 Olympics.
Here are the Top 10 World’s Best Cities
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