@ sydneysiders, on Sydney & Melbourne... big cities, etc.
I don't like big cities full stop, with all that hustle and bustle, but I certainly prefer Melbourne over Sydney any day. The inner city of Melboune isn't so metropolitan and concrete canyonish, and the people aren't so 'gotta be there yesterday-ish', either. Sydney, on the other hand, is too full on and uncompromising, with everything going 100mph 24-7.
I don't like Brisbane, either, for much the same reason, and it's worse since I last was in there. For the last 10 years I've lived between 32 and 50 minutes away by train, yet I've not bothered going to Brisbane City even once. All I need is here in Ipswich/Brassall.... and what isn't I can get on-line. Having said that, however, we are moving to Maryborough, up the Qld coast a ways, in the next couple of months.... for an even more relaxed lifestyle.
There's a few reasons as to why, and I don't mind where I am now, but it's a move that will benefit several people in the long term, including a niece of Shaunna's, a family friend, plus my daughter and her kids.
Yup, we're all moving up there to effect was is commonly known as a seachange... not to mention going to a cooler climate, being closer to the coast. Ipswich can be one hell of a hot SOB during Summer, and bitterly cold in Winter, so Maryborough will be a pleasant change for us all.