Attractions in Australia
Head to Australia’s oldest and biggest city to experience the urban beach lifestyle, pulsing nightlife and fantastic shopping. Catch a wave at Bondi or Palm Beach, climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, catch the ferry to Manly, learn about Australia’s unique animals at Sydney Wildlife World or be inspired by magical performances at the Sydney Opera house.
Melbourne is an exciting blend of old and new as distinctive mid-1800s gold-boom-era architecture blends with modern glass skyscrapers. Escape down an alleyway and hunt for a bargain in this well-loved shopping destination, or head to one of over 3,000 restaurants, bars and cafes – you’ll never go hungry. Federation Square is a focal point for the arts, events and entertainment connecting the city with the Yarra River.
Visit the festival capital of Adelaide. Be one of thousands of art lovers from across the globe converging on the city for the biennial Adelaide Festival and annual Fringe Festival, biennial Tasting Australia food and wine festival, and major sporting events, the Clipsal 500, Adelaide’s super car race series, and the Tour Down Under, the first pro-tour cycle race outside of Europe.
Brisbane is famous for its near-perfect weather and offers the best in food, wine, arts, entertainment, and major sporting events. Brisbane is also in the heart of a region renowned for its beach, river, rainforest and mountain experiences. The Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast beaches are major drawcards for visitors and are right on Brisbane’s doorstep.
While tropical Darwin’s population is only 100,000, there are more than 50 nationalities represented. Visit Darwin for festivals, beachside night markets, museums and nightlife or head beyond the city for the wonders for Kakadu National Park, Uluru (also known as Ayres Rock) and Arnhem Land. Over 40,000 years of Aboriginal history is contained in the Northern Territory and is there for you to discover.
Built on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is famous for its blue skies, stunning natural setting and friendly people. Go yachting or parasailing on the river, visit the uncrowded beaches or stroll through the parks. Plus transport is free in the city center, yippee! Perth is the gateway to the rest of western Australia – rugged ancient landforms, unique wildlife and ancient Aboriginal culture.
The 19th century convict heritage of Australia’s second oldest capital city is woven through modern Hobart. Beyond the waterfront of this port city you’ll find many grand colonial-era homes and workers cottages. The forested Mt. Wellington, rising steeply behind Hobart, is a reminder that the state’s vast World Heritage wilderness is just a few hours away.
This sun-soaked coastal region lies midway along Australia’s Queensland coast in the calm waters of the Coral Sea. Airlie Beach is the gateway to the 74 islands - only eight of which are inhabited. Discover the wonder that is Heart Reef. Sink your feet into the white, silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach. Or, jump in a boat and sail at sunset across the crystal-clear waters. It is up to you!
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