Australia’s vibrant cities are a unique blend of history and culture. Exploring nature at her most gentle is easy as most of the cities flank national parks, spectacular coasts or rivers and even offer peeks at the great forces of nature.
The pristine landscapes offer an incredibly wide smorgasbord of fresh and tantalising produce. Enjoy some of the world’s most stunning surroundings and experience open air dining like nowhere else.
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Brisbane is the glittering northern city, the jewel in Queensland’s crown. Australia’s third largest city is emerging as being creative, inspiring and thoughtful, focusing on quality food, culture and outdoor living. Its lifeblood is the Brisbane River that snakes its way through this foot-friendly city.
Shop up a storm on Queen Street, followed by a stroll around to see the city’s historic buildings. Dine al fresco along South Bank’s sandy lagoon, then pop by the sprawling Queensland Cultural Centre, which hosts a growing number of world-class exhibitions. From eclectic Fortitude Valley to fashionable New Farm and Teneriffe, thriving little pockets of Brisbane are there to be discovered.
Australia’s adventure capital, Cairns is home to two of the world’s greatest natural wonders: the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree rainforest.
The dazzling natural environment shapes the region’s stunning resorts, from secluded island hideaways to indulgent spa spots and eco-lodges. Be it whitewater rafting or skydiving, walking amid primeval ferns or cuddling koalas, exploring dairy farms and orchards or feasting on modern Australian cuisine, this tourist town has something for everyone.
Urbane and effortlessly cool, Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia. Set on the snaking Yarra River, you can wander through secretive laneways filled with cafes, boutiques and street art, get your heart pumping at world-class sporting events and enjoy some of the best restaurants in the country from affordable and cheerful to Michelin-star fine dining.
Each suburb has a distinct personality. And with a good tram and train network, they are easy to navigate. Melbourne was at the heart of the post-WWII immigration wave from Europe, which contributed to its diversity of food and melting pot of cultures. Check in to boutique hotels oozing coolness and sophistication, or to art hotels designed by some of Melbourne’s best architects. Whichever way you go, this is a city that lives and breathes quality in everything it does.
From the picturesque sailboats on Sydney Harbour and luscious green parks with soaring Moreton Bay fig trees, to beachside dining and bars spilling out onto the street, outdoor living is what Sydney does best. Its temperate climate, chic boutique hotels and contemporary dining with an emphasis on sustainability make Sydney a top destination year round.
Whether it’s exploring the beaches of Bondi, Bronte and Manly, delving into the urbanity of Potts Point, Darlinghurst and Paddington with their top restaurants and bars, or going further afield to the quiet achievers like Glebe and Balmain for quirky shopping, there is so much to discover.
Transport options are extensive – grab a ferry to enjoy a commute on the harbour, buses and trains service most areas, and taxis are perfect for short trips. Sit back and enjoy watching the leafy neighbourhoods of Sydney go by.
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