It’s oft been said that cities in Australia (especially Sydney and Melbourne) take the world records for ‘suburban sprawl’. That is, the CBD’s of both states are relatively compact, but the feeder suburbs go on forever, and ever, and…you get the drift.
Just googling my home town, Melbourne, which is the capital city of Victoria, it seems the suburbs (and I’m only including those serviced by a suburban train system here, ymmv etc) extend 73km east to west, and 78km north to south.
(FTR, for those familiar with Melbourne, I included Lilydale to Werribee for E-to-W, and Sunbury to Frankston for N-to-S. The sprawl is extending further than those destinations of course, but they’ll do for a benchmark.)
And according to googlemaps, it should take me under 2hrs in current traffic to do the N-S or E-W journey in a car, without taking major highways or any tollways. Which is a big fat fucking lie.
Where do you live and how far does your town or city extend? And how long would it take you to get from one side to the other?