Even though Australia technically consists of six separate states, most people view it as one grand mosaic of diverse terrain and captivating scenery. Of course, such a vast country is also home to some truly impressive cityscapes, sometimes due to their sheer size, and sometimes because of their irresistible uniqueness. If you ever get a chance to travel across the Land Down Under, here are five cities in Australia you should definitely visit.
Australia’s largest inland city and the capital of the continent is an architectural marvel with the carefully planned layout that will leave you breathless. If you can make specific arrangements, you have to experience Canberra’s truffle festival before you take a few days to explore the city. Begin your urban exploration of this marvel with the visit to the legendary Parliament House. The city also boasts some marvelous museums and memorials that are visual guides to Australia’s history and culture. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of National Botanic Gardens, take a tour of the National Zoo and Aquarium, but also reserve a day for a hike through Namadgi National Park and treat yourself afterward with a dinner at Olive at Mawson!
Perth doesn’t get the spotlight it deserves due to a very inane reason – it is considered by many Aussies and tourists alike to be too solitary and too far away from “the real bustling party” on the eastern coast. However, this sprawling coastal city with a population of over 2 million is an incredible holiday destination for people of all tastes and preferences. Swan River twists through the urbanity, and the riverside boasts some truly stellar franchised hotels, from Crowne Plaza to InterContinental. The pristine sand beaches seemingly spread into infinity and if you head just a bit out of town, you will hit some of the most quaint and decadent wineries on the continent. Most of these wineries also offer an amazing array of superb meals that will make you feel as if you’ve died and gone to heaven!
Sydney, also known as the Harbour City, pack everything Australia offers into a compact and focused experience that will have your blood pumping. The vivacious energy can be felt everywhere – from the harbor-bound asphalts of the central business district to numerous captivating suburbs that surround it. If you are looking for fine places to dine, head to the docks by the Rocks for a wonderful selection of pubs and restaurants! Find a fitting accommodation in a picturesque and hip Chippendale neighborhood, right next to the central business district. Head to the building squeezed between Carlton and Kensington St. to treat yourself with the Old Clare Hotel experience of the most luxurious kind. Boutique hotels such as these have been refined to the point of finest urban art in Sydney, and the city is a proud home to such colorful establishments that represent an adventure in and of themselves.
Gold Coast is practically a lovechild of Miami and Las Vegas, born and raised on a steady diet of Vegemite. It is a surfer’s paradise and a hedonist’s ultimate playground. It also boasts the cheekily-named Chinese restaurant Miami Rice, which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about this city. If you’re having a hard time believing this, just head to the Surfer’s Paradise suburb and revel in the pulsating spirit of the place. Booming clubs and total excess will positively overwhelm you and you’ll feel as if you have entered an alternate realm of eternal parties. Its neon glazed streets offer some luxurious prime-time hotels you should check out. This is also a beloved destination for families due to its sophisticated set of aquatic activities and theme parks, including Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World.
Adelaide is a perfect getaway spot. It’s tucked away in St. Vincent Gulf on the southern coast of the continent, but it has a population that goes well over a million and a quarter residents. Still, it is a far cry from cities such as Gold Coast and Sydney – the nightlife playgrounds for racy tourists. Its quaint surroundings and balanced building-to-greenery ration renders it a fine destination for wine lovers and visitors that just want to kick back and relax. It is the ultimate Australian town for easygoing recreation, sunny picnics, and light shopping sprees. Adelaide is renowned for its wondrous cafes just like Brisbane, and many of them, like Luigi Delicatessen, are renowned far and wide for their delicious food.
Australia’s hinterland is a prime example of untamed wilderness, so most of its vibrant cities are either sprinkled along the coastline or spread somewhat in its proximity. In other words, the salty Pacific air and all the benefits that it brings are commonplace in the Land Down Under, which is just another one of numerous Australian perks. These cities are gleaming hubs of commerce and culture, and there are so many amazing things to see and do, newcomers will surely yearn to come back for more.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.