The Age newspaper had a very interesting feature in its monthly glossy magazine last week. It rated suburbs according to liveability judged by various factors.
I can only make an educated guess about Adelaide, but I think the suburbs west of the city are probably the more desirable areas. Actually Adelaide does not seem to have the extreme suburb divides that Melbourne and Sydney have. I'd suggest the northern suburbs are not so desirable.
Sydney is easy. North shore not too far from the harbour, eastern and south eastern suburbs good. West, bad.
Melbourne is quite simple too. North or west of the River Yarra, bad, south or east of the river good. Well, it really was a bit like that in days past, but the world has changed and so has Melbourne. You are no longer particularly judged by which side of the river you live in our city of four million people. Can't say I like it much. I'd much rather have an easy criteria to judge people by, but it just no longer works.
What I am interested to know from Melbourne readers, or even other cities really, have you made a permanent change from one side of the proverbial railway tracks to another? That is, you were born and bred on one side, but have moved permanently to the other side?
While I like visiting other parts of Melbourne, my comfort zone roughly matches map 58 of our Melways street directory. It is where I work, shop, socialise, like and know like the back of my hand. I am not for crossing the river.