What about Newy?
Anyway each to their own. As I get older though I enjoy spending more time in (and living in) the country than in cities. 2 days in Sydney and I'm ready to exit, it's the Parkes boy in me coming out. I like Hobart though, but that's more to do with the proximity to world class fly fishing than the city itself.
P.S I owe you a return email/PM, haven't forgot. Will do over the weekend.