Sydney, Australia ’s largest and oldest city, has a wide range of unique experiences such as its world-famous harbour. You can surf the crystal clear waters, indulge in spas, dine at award-winning restaurants, see live cultural performances, or dance and drink in trendy bars and nightclubs. Sydney was the host city of the 2000 Olympic Summer Games. You will understand the reasons why Captain Arthur Philip decided to make this home for the first Australians.
This area covers an extensive range of attractions, activities, and facilities such as the Rocks area of Sydney (Australia's oldest history), world renowned sights of Sydney city, scenic hikes through the magnificent Blue Mountains, or the famous wines in the Hunter region.
Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself is laid out in a large rectangle and sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about five kilometres from the bay. Melbourne is a city deeply committed to excellence in commercial, artistic and sporting quests. It is sophisticated and elegant, and also friendly and accessible. It’s a shopper’s paradise, a foodie’s dream. Laneway bars, fine food restaurants and boutique designer stores combine to make Melbourne a city worth exploring.
Well known for its trams, beautiful gardens, Yarra River and the cosmopolitan lifestyle. Great relics of nineteenth-century architecture, built following the discovery of gold, are heady reminders of a prosperous age, while beautifully tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life.
Brisbane is the capital and most populous city of Queensland. It is the third largest city in Australia, with a population of over 1.77 million. Set close to the Pacific Ocean, and is situated beside the Brisbane River on plains between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range in south-eastern Queensland.
South Bank is the heart of Brisbane's cultural, recreational, and entertainment scene. The 17 hectares, known as the Parklands, is just across the Brisbane River from the CBD. It is a picturesque spot and home to 20 eateries for all tastes and budgets. One of the favourite attractions of South Bank is Breaka Beach, a man made lagoon beach, where sun, sand and lifeguards deliver a beach experience to the heart of the city.
Just 45 minutes drive from the city of Canberra is Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve which offers walking trails, ranger-guided activities, Australian animals in their natural habitat, delightful wildflowers during spring, and rich Indigenous and pioneer heritage.
Namadgi National Park, also 45 minutes’ drive from the city at the northern end of the Australian Alps, is perfect for a picnic or bushwalk on the numerous marked trails, or to experience native flora and fauna and enjoy spectacular wildflowers in spring. The Indigenous rockart and Aboriginal shelters are easily accessible. Camping is possible in pleasant bushland settings with fishing and horse riding permitted.
The beautiful city of Perth is a tourist's delight with it being balanced by the vast tranquil waters of the Swan River. Tourists frequently refer to the Perth region as the 'friendly city', and famous notables have also renamed the city after their personal experiences. Astronaut John Glenn called Perth the "City of Lights" after his historic fly-over in 1962 and victorious America's Cupskipper Dennis Connor referred to it as the "most isolated city in the world".
Most paint Perth as bright, fun, friendly, relaxing, and 'laid back' but visitors to the city can be sure to find their own descriptions after their holiday. Whet your appetite with a day on the Swan River, a picnic to the Darling Ranges, a visit to a vineyard or a stroll around Perth or Fremantle.
Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of South Australia. It is a coastal city beside the Southern Ocean, and is situated on the Adelaide Plains, north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between the Gulf St. Vincent and the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges.
Named in honour of Queen Adelaide, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for the only freely-settled British province in Australia.
Today, Adelaide is known for its many festivals as well as for its arts, wine, and sports. Within minutes of arriving in Adelaide you'll soon realise that it's not trying to be some other place. It has its own quiet confident air of individuality that gives it instant appeal. Adelaide is blessed with a good life that no other Australian city can match.
Hobart is Tasmania's capital and Australia's second oldest city, after Sydney. It was settled in 1804 beside the wide Derwent River, at the foot of mighty Mount Wellington. It has rainforest, mountain, and beaches on its outskirts. Hobart’s built heritage, mostly restored, reflects a colourful colonial history founded on convicts, whalers, wealthy merchants, and seamen.
These days the southern city has a population of about 205,000 and is known for its innovative arts and crafts, maritime lifestyle, festivals, and annual blue water classic, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Sandstone Georgian warehouses have been restored as artist studios, galleries, cafes, and restaurants in the historic Sullivans Cove precinct, where the street is closed each Saturday for the bustling Salamanca Market.
Darwin is the tropical capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. It has a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and enjoys warm weather all year round. Perched on a peninsula with sea on three sides, Darwin is an excellent base to explore the natural attractions of World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk Nationa lParks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land.
The city was founded as Australia's most northerly harbour port in 1869, and its population rapidly grew after the discovery of gold at nearby Pine Creek in 1871. Today, travellers can see evidence of Darwin's World War II history at a range of preserved sites including ammunition bunkers, airstrips, and oil tunnels in and around the city.