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Cities in Australia

Australia is world-renowned for its beautiful and varied nature, diverse landscapes, and unique wildlife. However, did you know that Australia also features vibrant cities, all scattered throughout the country? From the sunny beaches of Sydney and the bright lights of Brisbane to the friendly locals in Darwin and the hip neighbourhoods of Melbourne - There is so much to discover in Australia.

Which Australian cities should you visit?

Did you know? Adelaide has over 20 beaches to enjoy
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Enjoy a beer with the locals in Brisbane
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Brisbane

Discover Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland and the third-largest city of Australia. While Sydney is more cosmopolitan and Melbourne is known for its European charm, Brisbane offers authentic Australian culture. Here, you have the best of both worlds: stunning islands, world-class shopping, friendly locals, and a sunny outdoor lifestyle. Brisbane is an ideal destination to visit year-round. And nearby, you can find plenty of wonderful day trips to tick off your travel list.

Brisbane is a must-visit
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There is something for everyone in the city or if you prefer, visit Moreton Island
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Darwin

Darwin is an adventurer's paradise: From its sparkling harbour and World War II history to its Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle. Indulge your taste buds and have fun in the tropical capital of the Northern Territory. The gateway to Litchfield National Park, Tiwi Islands, and the UNESCO-listed Kakadu National Park.

Get a bird's eye view of the city on a scenic flight or take a sunset cruise
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Be sure to visit the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
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Alice Springs

Alice Springs is the gateway to the many attractions of Australia's Red Centre. Some of the top things to do in the region can be found in the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Here, you can visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), and Kings Canyon. Alice Springs is also called the capital of the Outback, yet it is small with only 30,000 inhabitants.

Discover a landscape like no other

In the area, you will find red sand deserts, tropical rainforests, impressive rock formations, deep ravines, and waterfalls. It is an ideal place to learn more about Indigenous culture. One of the places of interest in Alice Springs is the historic Overland Telegraph line station, which was put into operation in 1872 to send messages between Adelaide and Darwin.

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Visit the historic Overland Telegraph line station
Uncover the mystery of Uluru and watch the sunset over the outback
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Melbourne

Melbourne is the coastal capital of the south-eastern Australian state of Victoria. It is one of the most popular cities and the second-largest city in Australia. Bursting with culture, the city is a mecca of all things trendy and tasty. It offers excellent restaurants, many sports, and an abundance of opportunities to experience art.

A cultural hub with an assortment of things to do and see

The atmosphere of the city in Victoria is so spacious and relaxed. Melbourne is a city that many travellers immediately fall in love with and want to visit again and again. Nearby, you can visit the stunning Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula, and other natural wonders.

Feel the beach vibes at St Kilda or admire street art at the city's laneways
There is a huge variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from

Sydney

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales in Australia and is Australia's oldest and largest city with approximately four million inhabitants. Sydney is built around a huge harbour, The Sydney Harbour, and has many tourist attractions and must-sees. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is world-famous. You can also visit some of the most famous beaches of Australia here: Bondi Beach or Manly Beach. You will find various beautiful bays, a number of national parks and street art. Nearby, you can visit the Blue Mountains or the stunning wone region, the Hunter Valley.

Capture the buzzing vibes of Sydney at Luna Park
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Are you ready to go shopping in Sydney?
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Adelaide

Be dazzled by Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. A laid-back city with over 20 beaches to explore and plenty of things to do and see. Meet the locals at the large selection of cafes and bars, go shopping or experience the electric nightlife. An ideal destination for foodies and wine lovers. Nearby, you can explore an assortment of wineries and cellar doors. Or if you are a nature lover, be sure to visit Kangaroo Island. As Australia's third-largest island, Kangaroo Island is 155 kilometres long and 55 kilometres wide, with over 540 kilometres of spectacular coastline.

Enjoy the city vibes!
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Go on a culinary journey in Adelaide Hills
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Canberra

Australia's capital city, Canberra is located approximately 300 kilometres from Sydney. Canberra was designed in 1911 by the American architect Walter Burley Griffin. Following a competition for the design of a new capital city, to end the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra was declared the new capital city.

There is a range of cultural activities to do here

Be sure to visit the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, and the National Museum of Australia. Take a day trip from the city and visit the blue shores of Jervis Bay or conquer Australia’s highest mainland mountain, Mount Kosciuszko. Are you a wine lover? Go winery hopping in the Capital Country and soak up the charm of this part of Australia.

Soak up the vibes of Lake Burley Griffin and the Enlighten Festival
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Pop into the local breweries!
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Perth

Be welcomed by sunshine, laid-back locals, and much more in the capital city of Western Australia, Perth. An ideal climate with the most hours of sunshine per year than anywhere else in the country. Discover the hip suburb of Fremantle, take a wander around King's Park or pop over to Rottnest Island and say G'day to a quokka! Visit a pop-up restaurant, go for a swim at the city beach, or if you are a thrill-seeker, learn to surf at Cottesloe.

Visit the WA Shipwrecks Museum
Perth has no less than 19 stunning beaches to explore!
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Cairns

Uncover a friendly city located in Far North Queensland - Cairns. The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas, and the Mossman Gorge. An ideal place to relax and enjoy the outdoor Australian lifestyle. Take a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway ride through the beautiful nature of Kuranda and marvel at Barron Falls. Visit Fitzroy Island, Green Island, or take a wander along the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. And be sure to go crocodile spotting in the Daintree River.

The Great Barrier Reef Drive stretches 140 kilometres
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Discover a magical place where two natural wonders meet

Hobart

Hobart is Tasmania's capital city and Australia's oldest capital city after Sydney. The well-preserved surrounding bushland lies at the entrance to the River Derwent. Hobart offers a fine mix of heritage, landscape, and culture. The city is nestled between the foothills of Kunanyi/ Mount Wellington. Featuring a combination of historic charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of outstanding beauty. It is no wonder that Lonely Planet has named Hobart one of the top ten best places in the world.

Be sure to visit MONA Museum
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Enjoy stunning views of Hobart Harbour
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Discover Tasmania’s second-largest city, Launceston. A vibrant hub for food, wine, nature, and culture. Here, you will find many charming cafes and local art. One of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia, admire elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks. Visit the local harvest market which is held every Saturday, showcasing the region’s finest locally-grown produce.

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Take a wander along the harbour
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Sample local wine at Josef Chromy Wines
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