Australia’s cities are usually the focus of most people’s visits. After all, it’s where you’ll find the majority of the population and therefore the most things to do. Not surprisingly, the major cities in Australia tend to be located on the coast. These locations are a lot more hospitable compared to the depths of the outback, so it’s where most settlements were made. When travelling to or around the country, some people pick a city and stick with it while others try to take in as many different places as possible. Whichever you choose to do, check out these top Australian cities to visit.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that most (if not all) people think of Sydney first when deciding where to go in Australia. In fact, many people mistake it for the country’s capital city (which is actually Canberra). There’s so much to see and do there that it’s no surprise that it’s so popular, even if some people say that some other cities are better. There are some popular places to see like the Sydney Opera House and there are plenty of hidden gems to discover too. Sydney is also a great choice for families.
The city of Melbourne in Victoria is Australia’s second city. Although, in terms of population, Sydney and Melbourne are fairly well matched. You might think of Australia as a pretty hot place, but Melbourne is the place to go if you want to experience the seasons in all their glory. As well as hot summer temperatures, you can also enjoy snow in the winter and even opportunities to ski or snowboard in Mount Buller near the city. Melbourne has a great food scene and it’s also a good pick if you love coffee. It’s also close to beaches and nature, which is great for outdoor lovers.
Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is another excellent place to visit if you’re an outdoor enthusiast. Whether you want to get out on the water or visit Brisbane’s islands, there’s plenty to do. Of course, there are lots of fun things to do in Brisbane if you want to stay inside too. You can discover museums and galleries, performances of music, dance, theatre, and more, and find an array of wonderful places to eat. If you’re an animal lover, try a visit to the Lone PinesKoala Sanctuary or catch a boat to go looking for dolphins out in the wild.
Out on the west coast of Australia, you’ll find the capital of Western Australia, Perth. Perth is home to wonderful beaches, beautiful weather, and a huge inner-city part – the largest in the world. It’s also from Perth that you can catch a ferry to Rottnest Island, home of the incredibly cute quokka. These ever-smiling little marsupials can be seen in only a few places in WA, including on Rottnest Island. If you’re looking for good food, Perth is great for seafood too.
Visit these Australian cities to discover the best of Australia and get a taste of what the country has to offer.