Australia is known for the outback and laid-back beach living. But it’s also a great city break location. If you’re travelling in Oz and fancy a break from wildlife spotting and adventure sports, take some time to discover these urban gems.
It seems logical to start with Australia’s most iconic city, Sydney. Home to Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, this vibrant metropolis is well worth a visit. Meander through The Rocks for quirky crafts and street stalls and visit Taronga Zoo for animal encounters. Take the ferry over to Manly and enjoy fish and chips on the beach at Watson’s Bay.
Culture vultures will enjoy the Australia Museum and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. If you’re visiting in summer, head out of the city to enjoy the surf at Bondi Beach. Take the walk from Bondi to Coogee to take in some stunning scenic views. When you’ve had your fill of crowds and noise, make your way to the Blue Mountains. This stunning spot is an ideal place to recharge your batteries and enjoy some tranquility.
Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city bursting with bars, live music venues and independent boutiques. It’s no surprise that it is a firm favourite on the tourist trail. There are myriad things to do in Melbourne. Shop until you drop, explore the galleries and get involved watching some local teams. After a couple of days of city slicking, head out of town. The Great Ocean Road is one of the best road trips in the world. Navigate the winding tracks to discover all kinds of natural wonders. Keep your eyes peeled for beaches, blowholes and caves. Finish your journey at sundown with a trip to the Twelve Apostles.
A jewel in the crown of Western Australia, Perth is a thriving city. Shop, dine and drink in style and enjoy the fusion of urban hustle and bustle and relaxed beach living. Highlights include Kings Park Botanic Garden and the Western Australia Museum. Head out to the Swan Valley to sample locally-produced wines or spend a day at the beach enjoying the sunshine.
A popular stop on the East Coast backpacker route, Brisbane offers cultural and adventure activities. Take a trip to meet the koalas or try your hand at surfing. Enjoy a river cruise, before heading north to enjoy the rainforests of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia’s capital city is often overlooked by tourists, but it’s worth dropping by for the day. Spend an afternoon sailing on Lake Burley Griffin or indulge your inner artist with a visit the National Gallery of Australia. Take a trip to Parliament House before catching some live music at one of the waterfront bars.
Australia has so much to offer, and it’s well worth including some urban adventures in your travel plans. Split your time between galleries, museums and concert venues. Take the opportunity to learn more about Australian culture. Hit the beach, meet the locals and get your camera at the ready for those breathtaking views.
How many of these cities have you visited?
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