Whether you are on a holiday spree or ticking Australian cities one by one out of your bucket list, make sure you don’t miss these cities!
The ever changing landscape and lifestyle of Australia is often out of reach for a short holiday, so check out this list of the cities that you can’t miss. Here you can have a taste of the outdoors while experiencing the vibrant cultural communities all across the country.
Sydney is right on top of the list as the most famous postcard from Australia. Walk the iconic Harbor Bridge and marvel at the artwork projected on the Opera House roof at sunset. Admire it from the peaceful Royal Botanic Gardens, from the top of Sydney Tower Eye or from inside one of the ferries that come and go from the Quay.
Understand the heritage left by the first immigrants at the birthplace of Sydney – The Rocks. Travel in time strolling around the markets and the city’s oldest pubs, on cobblestoned streets at this buzzing historical area.
The exceptional weather will surely take you to Bondi Beach. Take the coastal walk to Coogee and discover your favorite beach to surf or plunge in a tidal rock pool.
If you are looking for a European vibe, Melbourne is the place to go! On one hand you can lose yourself in lane ways, full of amazing street-art and trendy restaurants much like in Berlin. Yet theatres announcing plays on blinking billboards may take you to London. Hop on a streetcar while taking on a scenic tour of the grand old buildings that rub shoulders with modern architecture. Make a quick stop at Queen Victoria market to unravel the fresh ingredients of the city’s famous foodie scene. Finally get off at St. Kilda’s beach for a sunset drink on one of the happening bars and marvel at the penguin parade right from the pier.
Although further away from the sea, Brisbane does not fall short on outdoor activities. The river at the heart of town offers cycling tracks across bridges and a free ferry tour along natural cliffs. Make it a day at GOMA – gallery of modern art – and Queensland Performing Art Centre on the southbank and don’t forget to bring your swimsuit for later, beyond the art complex there is an artificial beach overlooking the city’s CBD.
Grasp Brisbane’s skyline from the top of Mount Coot-tha, before heading out to Fortitude Valley. This hype area is blooming with charming shopping alleyways, that turn into a vibrant night scene with packed local bars.
A welcoming city with a thriving cultural community, that greets you through schools, galleries and music festivals. Stroll around quiet boulevards of sophisticated buildings, beautiful churches like the St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral and single-storey brick houses. Most recently, Adelaideans have been highlighting their beautiful river by redeveloping the Oval stadium and the city’s Festival Centre, creating an exciting modern promenade.
You can closely experience the small country town vibe by visiting the Central Market, touring around the Adelaide Hills or tasting one of the best Shiraz in the world at the Barossa Valley winery.
Perth thrives not only as the West business centre but also as a gateway to exciting seaside adventures. The easy going lifestyle starts at the central Kings Park, overlooking the CBD skyline reflected on the Swan River. Explore the waterfront on a walk to the photogenic Blue Boat House or dine at Elizabeth’s Quay. Board on a cruise to Fremantle and experience the well preserved port town, its breweries and trendy shops on a walking tour. Finally enjoy a stunning sunset at the terraced lawns by the beach of turquoise waters.
Make it a summer day out on Rottnest Island, just forty minutes away from mainland. Rent a bike at the dock and discover pink lakes, snorkeling tracks and white sand beaches that are home to the friendly little quokkas.
An old world feel Tasmanian city, which started as a penal colony a couple of centuries ago. Wander around Victorian houses at Battery Point, warehouses at Salamanca Place and the historic harbour. Experience a dramatised account of the women convicts at the Cascades Female Factory, a UNESCO listed site. MONA, the Museum of Old and New art gives a modern twist to the city. The state of the art construction brings a revolutionary way to experience exhibitions.
Head up Mt. Wellington for nature walks on the 1.300 meter summit. Visit the picturesque Richmond and dwell in the testimonies of convicts on a ghost tour, at the fascinating penal colony Port Arthur.
The capital of the Northern Territory is well worth a visit to the “Top End” of Australia. Such proximity to southeast Asian countries has brought gastronomical influences as well as its tropical weather. Consequently, cyclones have devastated the city three times and often there are cloud to ground lightning strikes. While the sun sets on the Timor sea, visit the Mindil Beach market and shop around for aboriginal craftsmanship.
Darwin is also where the crocodiles literally jump out of the water to greet you. Experience it from a boat on the Adelaide River or from inside the “Cage of Death” at the Crocosaurus Cove. The faint-hearted may enjoy a pleasant day at the UNESCO listed Kakadu park. Hike the high rocks to admire ancient art and gorges, where you can finally take a dip beneath refreshing waterfalls.