Walking guide reveals why Melbourne is a ‘much better’ place to visit than ‘medieval’ Sydney – so does he have a point?
- TikTok user Depotadventures posted a video comparing the cities on August 24
- The walking guide explained why Melbourne is much easier to navigate
- Claiming Sydney was an ‘organic’ example of a city built around the homes of convicts
- Melbourne benefited from the 19th-century trend of urban planning, he argued
A walking guide has revealed why he believes Melbourne is a much better city to visit than ‘medieval’ Sydney.
TikTok user depot adventures posted a video this week arguing that Melburnians have a much easier time navigating their city – while Sydneysiders often get lost.
In the video, he claims that “Sydney is one of the world’s last medieval cities.”
A TikTok video posted by a walking guide has explained why Melburnians have a much easier time navigating their city compared to ‘medieval’ Sydney
“European Sydney was founded in 1788,” he captioned the video.
“By the time Melbourne started in 1835, we were taking advantage of the 19th-century trend of urban planning.”
Standing in front of a map of Melbourne’s CBD, the guide explained: ‘This is a map of Melbourne, and what you see here is not a natural, organic way of developing a city.
“This was designed by a man named Robert Hoddle, which is why we call it the Hoddle grid today.”
The Hoddle Grid is a series of streets in a criss-cross formation that makes up Melbourne’s CBD – which, according to the guide, makes it much less likely that people would get lost.
The user, depotadventures claims that Sydney was built before the 19th century trend of urban planning, which gave Governor Macquarie the task of connecting the homes of convicts
He claims that Melbourne’s urban layout is not an organic way of building a city, but allows for some incredibly ‘canyon-like’ views along major roads.
He goes on to say that before urban planning, cities were “organic junk” where convicts built homes.
He argued that Governor Macquarie had the difficult task of connecting the homes of Sydney’s convict population.
As he walks along tram tracks in Melbourne CBD, the guide points out the ‘canyon’ formation that appears in the distance from most of the city’s roads.
“It’s not a natural way for cities to appear, but it creates some amazing sightlines,” he says.