World's friendliest cities for tourists: Sydney named number one

Residents of Australia's other major cities might disagree, but international travellers have voted Sydney the world's friendliest city for 2015.

Readers of the highly-regard luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler named Sydney the friendliest city for visitors in the publication's annual rankings, saying there was "nothing not to like".

"Such friendly people," enthused one reader, "so much so that after we met an Australian woman on our flight there, she offered to pick us up at our hotel and spent a whole day showing us her favourite parts of the city."

Sydney's highlights for visitors were the usual suspects, with the tours of the harbour and the Harbour Bridge climb cited as highlights.

The city tied last year as the fifth friendliest in the world, when Melbourne was named No.1. But Victoria's capital failed to make Condé Nast's top 10 list this year.

Melbourne may not have topped the list for visitors, but it remains No.1 for residents, clocking up the title of 'world most liveable' city yet again earlier this month.

Dublin was named second in the friendliness stakes, with the locals praised for their sense of fun and their welcoming pubs and restaurants.

Our neighbours New Zealand also did well, with Queenstown named the third friendliest city and Auckland coming in at No.9.

Condé Nast Traveler's readers also ranked the least friendly cities, with Caracas, Venezuela rated the worst, followed by Casablanca in Morocco and Guangzhou in China.

The results were determined by the publication's annual Reader Choice Awards survey, which received over a million votes from nearly 77,000 readers.

FRIENDLIEST CITIES

1. Sydney, Australia

2. Dublin, Ireland

3. Queenstown, New Zealand

4. Kraków, Poland

5. Bruges, Belgium

6. Edinburgh, Scotland

7. Kyoto, Japan

8. Budapest, Hungary

9. Auckland, New Zealand

10. Reykjavik, Iceland

UNFRIENDLIEST CITIES

1. Caracas, Venezuela

2. Casablanca, Morocco

3. Guangzhou, China

4. Guatemala City, Guatemala

5. Nairobi, Kenya

6. New Delhi, India

7. Cairo, Egypt

8. Moscow, Russia

9. Jakarta, Indonesia

10. Cannes, France

See also: The best things about the world's most liveable cities
See also: Why some cities don't like tourists any more

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