The Largest City in Australia Now and in 2050

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Published: September 17, 2023
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Australia is a place of limitless opportunity, and there are many reasons why individuals decide to make it their home. Australia has a lot to offer individuals seeking a higher quality of life, from its attractive cities to its prosperous economy.

It is a nation of incredible possibilities, where productivity and leisure coexist, and where occupations and hobbies are peacefully harmonized. Australia is an alluring location thanks to its natural beauty and diversified culture. 

Let’s take a look at the largest city in the country, as well as which one may surpass it in a few decades. 

What is the Largest City in Australia?

Tram at Flinders Station, Melbourne, Australia

There are trams all around the city of Melbourne.

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Although it frequently fluctuates, Melbourne is currently the largest city in Australia in terms of population. Sydney and Melbourne seem to be in an endless battle and one often surpasses the other. 

Melbourne’s metro region has 5,235,000 residents as of 2023. This is a rise of 1.63% from 2022. It is the 81 most populated city in the world and one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia. 

Melbourne Statistics and Economics

Out of the more than five million people living throughout Melbourne, 49.2% are men, while 50.8% are women. The average age of a Melbourne resident is 37 years old. The average number of children per household is roughly 1.8. 

Speaking of, the average number of people in a single household is 2.6. The median household income is roughly $2,000 per week, which is the same amount as the average monthly mortgage payment. 

33.2% of Melbourne’s population was born outside the borders of Australia, making it one of the most multicultural cities in the country. Further research into ancestry revealed that 18.2% of Melbourne residents identified as Asian, 28.2% as Australian, and 43.3% as having British or Irish heritage. 

What Attracts People to Melbourne? 

Melbourne CBD cityline at sunrise reflecting bright city illumination lights in still yarra river waters

The Yarra River runs through the city.

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There are numerous factors why Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, is a popular vacation spot among travelers from every corner of the globe. As you’ve read, it’s quickly growing in terms of residents as well. Melbourne is a city rich in history, culture, and the arts. 

This city is well-known for its wealth of entertainment options, distinctive nightlife, lovely surroundings, and magnificent architecture. Melbourne is a terrific spot to let your daring personality shine if you’re an extrovert who likes to have fun and try something different.

The unbelievable landscape surrounding this part of Australia is another reason people are flocking to the Land Down Under. Brighton Beach’s breathtaking vistas, where you can witness the fiery sun drop over the ocean with the stark contrast of the cityscape in the distance are reason enough to check out Melbourne. 

It’s also a great location if you prefer public transportation. Melbourne is renowned for having a first-rate public transportation system that is simple to use and reasonably priced. With the city’s outstanding public transportation system, you can practically get everywhere in the city. 

The train network extends to the outer districts as well as throughout Melbourne. 

Wildlife in Melbourne

When you are in Melbourne’s opulent parks, gardens, and canals, forget that you are in a metropolis of five million residents and take it slowly. Immerse yourself in the center of the city with centuries-old trees, perfectly trimmed lawns, and an abundance of wildlife.

The botanical gardens, nature slivers, and urban environments of the City of Melbourne, in addition to your own home, offer numerous chances to see and interact with animals. Victoria ranks as one of the best destinations for ecotourism for observing these famous creatures up in person due to Australia’s diverse wildlife, which attracts tourists from all over the world.

In Victoria, it is possible to see koalas, wombats, wallabies in their natural environments. Yarra Park is also a popular destination for spotting wild animals. The elusive Grey-Headed Flying Foxes can be seen here.

Australia Fur Seals are frequently spotted closer to the Mornington Peninsula’s coast. To increase your chances of spotting one and get a close-up view, we advise booking a seal-watching tour with an outfitter.

Last but not least, tens of thousands of enormous spider crabs parade in Port Phillip Bay’s shallow waters in June to shed their outer shells. This can be an incredible thing for both locals and tourists to witness! 

What Will Be The Largest City in Australia in 30 Years? 

Sydney Opera House, Australia

It’s possible that Sydney could become the largest city in Australia again.


Officials originally thought that Melbourne would overtake Sydney in population, and it did. Gaining roughly 2,000 new residents a week after the pandemic, it’s thought to continue to rise. 

Sydney will rise in population as well, just a tad slower. In 10, 20, or even 30 years, it will likely be one of these two major cities claiming the top spot. 

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Filip Fuxa/

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About the Author

Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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