Australia makes world’s top 10 list

The 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey came out this week rating five of Australia’s cities in the top 40. Kudos indeed!

Sydney made the top 10 on tenth, Melbourne came in on 18, Perth 21, Canberra 26, Adelaide 32 and Brisbane 36. The ratings are based on 39 criteria that include political, socio-economic, environmental, health, education and transport. So it’s not just about tourism.

Want to know who topped the list? Well it was Vienna in Austria, followed by Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland, and then Auckland and Vancouver tied in fourth. From here it went to Duseeldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Bern all in Germany and then our Sydney. On the other end of the scale was Baghdad, Iraq.
Of course a VIP Backpacker’s top 10 ranking of the world’s backpacker cities might look a little different. Here’s a list without a lot of scientific merit but feel free to write in and notify us of any additions:

1. Sydney, Australia
Beaches, sun, surf, markets, drag queens, food, sights – tons of bling factor!
2. Queenstown, New Zealand
What can’t you do in Queenstown: ski, snowboard, hike, bungy jump, white water raft, taste wine, visit Lord of the Rings locations, party…
3. London, England
Come to work, come to play, come to sightsee, from Big Ben to Covent Garden there’s plenty to see and do.
4. Rome, Italy
The history and the food, need more be said?

5. Paris, France
Story-book pretty, great museums, plenty of culture
6. Czech Republic, Prague
Like something out of a fairy story, the castles and backdrop of Prague are just gorgeous.
7. Bangkok, Thailand
With all the exoticness of Asia, ease of transport, great food and friendly people
8. New York City, USA
The big apple has it all – skyscrapers, Broadway, Central Park, Manhattan, Times Square, Rockefeller Centre, Empire State building, need we continue?

9. Vancouver, Canada
Highly livable and infinitely visitable with beaches, snow-capped mountains and forests to visit on the city’s cosmopolitan doorstep.

10. Barcelona, Spain
Endulge in tapas, great seafood and wine. Take in Gaudi’s crazy creations. Revel in Catalan history. Enjoy the nightlife.

Got a favourite backpacker city? Write in and tell us!


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4 thoughts on “Australia makes world’s top 10 list

  1. Yep Barcelona is my fav, should be higher on the list. Kinda like Dublin, Ireland too for backpacker haunts. Had a lot of fun there around Temple Bar.

  2. Beijing in China is good to add some Asian flavour. Also Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Lots of exotic sights and sounds.

  3. You should add more Asian places like Jaisalmer in India or Lhasa in China. They would be the most exotic and fun places I’ve visited.

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