The Best of Australia’s Big Cities
Australia is such a large and diverse country that many visitors coming from overseas have a hard time deciding where to start their adventures. Whether you’re coming to Australia for a holiday, to backpack around, or to do business, then you absolutely must check out some of the following Australian cities.
If you want to find the best mix of business and pleasure, then Sydney is the city for you. Here you will find a relaxed outdoor and beach lifestyle mixed with a bustling art and culture scene, fantastic food and wine, plenty of nature and cosmopolitan shopping. If you only have a short time to visit, consider checking out the Sydney Harbour, from where you can see Circular Quay, the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens. For a closer look at the natural beauty of the city, consider one of the many coastal walks that will take you past golden beaches, dramatic headlands, sandstone cliffs and national parks.
Perth is the biggest city in Western Australia, and provides visitors with a relaxed lifestyle and plenty of fun city attractions. The coast around Perth boasts 80 kilometres of clean, uncrowded beaches, making the area ideal for swimming, surfing and experiencing Perth’s beachside suburban lifestyle. The King’s Park botanical gardens is one of the city’s highlights as it showcases all of Australia’s most unique plant species. For more exciting nightlife activities, head to suburbs like Northbridge, Mount Lawley, Leederville and Subiaco.
Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and the capital of the country for relaxed outdoor lifestyles combined with multicultural experiences, exciting wildlife and fun events. There are plenty of Darwin tours you can jump on that will take you to some of the spectacular sites near the city, such as Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land. If you’re looking for unique pubs, beachside night markets and Aboriginal Art, then you will find it all in Darwin.
Melbourne is one of the most cultural cities in Australia, and offers plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife. With its rich multicultural heritage, you’ll find everything here from European-inspired cafés hidden in cobblestone laneways, to fabulous Asian cuisine. Head to famous areas like Victoria Street, Richmond, Fitzroy, Chapel Street, St Kilda and Prahran for some great shopping. Check out some of the fantastic surrounds, such as the world-class wineries in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, or enjoy the ocean playgrounds of the Mornington Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road. To see more of the city or the surrounding countryside, there are plenty of Melbourne day tours available as well.
Cairns is the gateway to everything that Queensland’s tropical north has to offer, such as the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Here you will find an easy-going tropical lifestyle with plenty to explore along the coast, like Machans, Holloways and Trinity beaches. If bushwalking is more your thing, you can check nearby mountain ranges, including Mount Whitfield, the Whitfield Range, Crystal Cascades and Kuranda.
While most people come to see the Australian countryside, many forget that the cities also offer an amazing holiday experience. Next time you’re visiting, come and see what these cities have in store!
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