Perks and Places – A Brief Guide to Fully Experiencing Australia’s Major Cities

Australia is a beautiful country with incredible cities spotted around its coastlines. Each city has its own unique perks and special places to visit, best done by immersing yourself and joining the hum of the city.

Melbourne

Melbourne has beautiful, historic buildings in the city centre. It also hosts an interesting history of development that boomed in the Australian Gold Rush days, and boasts the best city railway station in Australia with Flinders Street Station.

There’s so much to see in the city that you’re better off staying in an RNR serviced apartment rather than a hotel, so you have room to cook and feel like you are actually living in Melbourne for a time. From there, you can utilize the tram system and be close to the iconic Queen Victoria Markets.

Sydney

Sydney’s Circular Quay is an iconic part of Australia and a must-visit destination.

The best way to see the quay is to catch a train in to Circular Quay station and to then take a ferry around the harbour to another great spot such as Manly or Taronga Zoo.

The Sydney ferries are a highlight of the city and a fantastic way to travel.

While you’re in Sydney you must also make your way to beautiful Bondi Beach. Bondi always seems to exceed expectations in its cleanliness, aesthetic beauty and surf conditions. While you’re there, why not take a walk around the scenic coastal walk to the next beach along or all the way to Coogee?

Brisbane

Brisbane is a sprawling suburban city perfect for families and time spent in the beautiful Queensland weather. It also has a growing, high-quality bar and restaurant scene with craft beer bars and themed restaurants popping up all over the city.

It’s worth a trip to South Bank on the River where you can find a man-made beach, great restaurants and Brisbane’s art galleries and museums. It’s also a great place to stay with units available around South Bank and the West End area.

Adelaide

Adelaide is a charming, well-planned city with elegant architecture. It’s generally not at the top of destination lists but it is growing in popularity due to its commitment to the arts with events such as the Adelaide Fringe and Film Festivals.

One of the best places to start exploring Adelaide is at the tree-lined North Terrace that gives access to the museum, art gallery and state library. With its huge commitment to the arts, there is always something interesting going on in Adelaide.

Perth

At the heart of Perth is the green and leafy Kings Park which is a great place to stroll through and experience Perth’s sunny weather and clean air. A great way to immerse yourself in the city is by taking a cruise along the Swan river to Fremantle. This must-see trendy spot full of great modern Australian dining and bars is the perfect place to have a drink and enjoy the beautiful West Australian coast. Also, be sure to get out to Rottnest Island and see some quokkas.

Darwin

As Australia’s northern outpost, the city’s proximity to Asia and its growing, youthful population makes it a vibrant city with a huge range of outdoor activities for those interested in living an active lifestyle, in addition to incredible scenic locations right on Darwin’s doorstep.

There are a number of panoramic lookouts and World War II monuments special to that city – having been hit by the same Japanese carrier group that attacked Pearl Habour.

Hobart

Hobart is one of the oldest cities in Australia, with a rich colonial history. It’s a more laid back city centred around a bustling harbour with less traffic than Australia’s other major cities, so don’t hesitate to hire a car and continue on out of Hobart to explore surrounding parts of Tasmania.

Hobart can often be overlooked as a must-see Australian city, but Tasmania is a beautiful part of this country with so much to discover.

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There’s so much to see and do, be sure to give each city ample time to explore its own unique elements and do your best to immerse yourself within the lifestyle of each city.

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