Australia's City Attractions
Adelaide: laid back and warm, South Australia's state capital is a great and relaxing alternative to the big cities. Sip award-winning labels at the National Wine Centre, or go on a food trip at the Adelaide Central Market. The lush hills surrounding the port town is home to vineyards, wineries and orchards. The Adelaide Botanical Gardens, Zoo and the nearby Museum of South Australia is also worth a visit.
Cairns: Queensland's getaway point to some of Australia's most striking nature destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Atherton Tablelands, Daintree and a host of beaches. In town you can visit crocodile ranges, zoos and aquariums, and Cairn's Botnical gardens. Make the most out of the city's tropical nature with tree-top gondola visits to the rainforest at Kuranda and walkways to the Barron River, its gorge and falls.
Darwin: a place where everyone comes from somewhere else, the city on the Top End beckons to young Aussies and immigrants, making Darwin's streets uniquely colourful and a sight to be experienced. Outside the city is Kokadu National Park and Aborigine settlements.
Hobart: Tasmania's capital preserves a rural and seaside feel. Come down here to glimpse another side to Australia. Mount Wellington is worth a drive to the very peak, and downtown you'll find al fresco cafes, arts and crafts, and theatre productions. Tasmania itself promises wild landscapes, easy driving and fantastic-tasting local produce.
Melbourne: shopping and cultural encounters are Melbourne's promises, Australia's most European-flavoured city and largest sporting capital as well. Exhibitions, shows and performances are what you'll find here, plus glamourous buildings, swank districts and lots of cafes. The local Melbourne weather can also be an attraction in itself, extremely variable but mostly plaesant.
Perth: the world's most distant capital city, the city of lights sparkeles on Western Australia's coast, and one of the best destinations for Aussies from elsewhere. The Mediterranean temperatures here spell sultry beaches and picturesque gardens sprwling beyond the city. Vacations in Perth are easy with accommodations of all classes available.
Sydney: the city where the story of modern Australia started. The capital of New South Wales grows around a stunningly picturesque harbour and you can spend days just going through its bars, shopping places, urban and suburban attractions. Westwards and into the interior are the Blue mountains, the Hunter Valley's wineries and Canberra, the national government capital.
Brisbane: Queensland's and the Southern Hemisphere's fastest growing city. Expanding port trade and a population boom has brought lively restaurants, entertainment and art scenes to this erstwhile big smalltown. Bicycle lanes run along and branch out from the riverfront where boating and rock-climbing can be enjoyed right in the city's central district. Explore the mountainous nature parks in the hinterland, fishing villages on the Sunshine Coast, and Moreton Bay's islets and beaches.