Travelling to the AU via plane, then boarding a Cairns to Port Douglas shuttle has its appeal, and the recent Life In Australia survey conducted by Ipsos explained why the Queensland city is a common stop.
The survey, conducted by the market research firm, asked 10,000 Aussies on what they believe makes a place good to live in, then asked how the areas they lived in actually compared to those criteria.
According to the data from the survey, the city of Cairns is the 9th most livable city in all of the AU, with a livability index of 62.1, acquired thanks to ranking above average in the vast majority of criteria, like education, health services, social cohesion, as well as leisure, dining and shopping.
The city did notably well for its sense of community, as well as the ease of access to natural environs, with services like Cairns to Port Douglas shuttle allowing for convenient travel. Notably, Cairns scored above average when It came to the efficiency and reliability of public transport, but failed to actually get a passing grade on the last attribute, with an score of 4.6 on a ten-point scale.
What really brought down Cairns’ index were its below average scores for the feeling of safety, as well as ability to see and take part in sports and recreation.
This is the first time that Ipsos included regional cities in its survey, and, notably, in spite of the top 10 being dominated by metropolitan areas, including East Sydney’s affluent suburbs, the no. 1 spot was taken by a small Victorian country town; Warrnambool.
Located along the Great Ocean Road, this Southwest Victorian town managed to beat out inner-Perth and Adelaide, the latter having been saddled with a job opportunity issue, as the most livable area in all of Australia. It scored high across all categories, and is notable for its prime location in Victoria’s southwestern coastline, with housing prices at $340,000 on average, a mere fraction to what others in the list demand.
In spite of that, however, Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert admits that they’re in need of people to fill job openings, with a lot of vacancies in the industries in the town.