Walking tour guide reveals why he thinks Melbourne is ‘much better’ than ‘medieval’ Sydney

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Walking tour guide reveals why Melbourne is a “much better” place to visit than “medieval” Sydney – so is he right?

  • TikTok user Depotadventures posted a video comparing cities on August 24
  • The walking tour guide explained why Melbourne is so much easier to navigate
  • Claiming that Sydney was an “organic” example of a city built around convict homes
  • Melbourne benefited from the 19th century urban planning trend, he argued










A walking tour guide revealed why he thinks Melbourne is a much better city to visit than “medieval” Sydney.

TikTok users depotadventures posted a video this week in which Melburnians find it much easier to navigate their city – while Sydneysiders often get lost.

In the video, he claims that “Sydney is one of the last medieval cities in the world.”

A TikTok video posted by a walking tour guide explained why Melburnians have a much easier time navigating their city, compared to ‘medieval’ Sydney

“European Sydney was established in 1788,” he captioned the video.

“When Melbourne started in 1835, we took advantage of the trend in 19th century town planning.

Standing in front of a map of Melbourne CBD, the guide explained, “This is a map of Melbourne, and what you see here is not a natural, organic way to develop a city.

“This was designed by a guy named Robert Hoddle, which is why we call it the Hoddle grid today.”

The Hoddle Grid is a series of streets in a crisscross formation that form Melbourne’s CBD – which the tour guide says makes it much less likely for people to get lost.

The user, depotadventures, claims Sydney was built before the 19th-century town-planning trend, leaving Governor Macquarie to connect the homes of convicts.

The user, depotadventures, claims Sydney was built before the 19th-century town-planning trend, leaving Governor Macquarie to connect the homes of convicts.

He claims the Melbourne city layout is not an organic way to build a city, but offers some incredibly “canyon-like” views of the main roads.

He claims the Melbourne city layout is not an organic way to build a city, but offers some incredibly “canyon-like” views of the main roads.

He goes on to say that before town planning, cities were “organic disorders” where convicts built houses.

He argued that Governor Macquarie was charged with the difficult task of connecting the homes of Sydney’s inmate population.

Walking down the tram tracks in Melbourne’s central business district, 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 incredible sightlines,” he says.

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