From world-class food and wine to incredible natural wonders, each of our great cities offers something distinctive for tourists (and locals!) to experience. Australia’s cities are diverse, and their residents champion the incredible multiculturalism that makes each place so unique. It’s a trait that promotes the growth of businesses both large and small, creating communities where differences are celebrated and innovation is at the forefront. Discover more about some of the incredible cities across Australia.
The last few years have seen Adelaide undergo an exciting transformation from a once sleepy city to one with a burgeoning small-bar scene, vibrant cafes and restaurants, world-class art and music, and one of the most jam-packed festival calendars in the country. Set along the banks of the River Torrens, which runs through the city’s heart, is an array of sites including the idyllic Botanic Gardens, Adelaide Zoo and Adelaide Oval. A short tram ride out of town will take you to the historic beachside town of Glenelg, while some of the country’s most iconic wine regions are also within easy reach, including the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.
Nestled along the banks of the river named after the city itself, Brisbane offers an enticing mix of cultures and urban spaces. The temperate climate lends the capital of sun soaked Queensland to a life outdoors, be it kicking back on a manmade beach or catching up with friends in the courtyard of a funky inner city bar. Brisbane’s coastline is also home to many stunning islands that make for ideal holiday getaways, including North Stradbroke Island, just a 40 minute ferry from the mainland and an ideal location for whale spotting; and Moreton Island - the third largest sand island in the world - just a 70 minute ferry ride from Brisbane.
The nation’s capital city is home to a melting pot of Australians, many of whom have converged on the city to work in politics, government and other related industries. Canberra also hosts a lively student population thanks to the fact that it is home to some of the country’s best universities. The result is a diverse and ever-evolving cultural scene that continues to be nurtured by the addition of new restaurants, bars and cafes; a vibrant music and festival calendar; and a number of acclaimed art galleries and museums.
Boasting balmy weather and a vibrant mix of people and cultures, Darwin is undoubtedly an eclectic hub of the Top End. Set on the shores of a harbour larger than Sydney’s, the tropical city offers a host of aquatic and wildlife attractions including cruising next to crocodiles, world-class fishing, and swimming in the crystal-clear waterholes of Litchfield National Park. Explore the region's dramatic history - from World War II air raids to its Indigenous heritage to Cyclone Tracey - in the museums and galleries, or soak up the diverse culinary offerings at the city's many outdoor festivals and markets.
A rich history, vivid cultural scene and tantalising culinary options combine in the city of Hobart, Tasmania’s picturesque capital. Art enthusiasts will revel in a trip to The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), a spectacular architectural feat set amongst the Moorilla winery and overlooking the River Derwent. But it is the breathtaking yet varied natural scenery surrounding the city that truly sets it apart, with the crystal blue waters of Wineglass Bay - considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world – set against pink and grey granite peaks a must see.
Famed for its vibrant art scene, charming inner city laneways, world-class dining options and some of the best coffee money can buy, it’s easy to see why Melbourne is consistently recognised as the world’s most liveable city. A short trip from the CBD on one of the city’s iconic trams will transport you to various bustling inner city districts where many delights can be found; from Luna Park by the sea in St Kilda, a hip bar along Brunswick Street in the gentrified suburb of Fitzroy, or a cosy craft brewery in the heart of Carlton.
Renowned for its outdoor lifestyle thanks to its warm climate and Swan River setting, Australia’s west coast capital offers an enticing fusion of urban living and spectacular scenery. Recent new developments have seen the face of Perth’s inner-city evolve in recent years, with precincts such as Elizabeth Quay, adjacent to the beautiful Kings Park, with a range of trendy new cafes, restaurants, bars and activities to explore. Venture beyond the CBD and you’re treated to an abundance of natural delights including the picturesque Swan Valley vineyards and pristine Rottnest Island, home to the cute quokka (a small wallaby-like marsupial).
Blessed with a spectacular harbour setting and some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, Sydney spoils both its residents and visitors alike with an enviable lifestyle that embraces its picturesque coastal setting. A stroll around the harbour foreshore will see you take in a host of breathtaking sights including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Botanical Gardens and Sydney’s newest precinct, Barangaroo. Beach lovers have the choice of countless stretches of sand along the coastline, including the famous Bondi Beach to the east of the city and Manly Beach to the north.