Australia is very much a country of cities. Unlike some other countries, there’s generally not much to see in the small towns between, largely because there aren’t many small towns. The cities are where most of the population lives and where all the culture and action can be found. Each one of the cities is very different from the next and they all have their own attractions. But just which cities are the best? This article lists the top 5.
Perth is the capital of West Australia. You’ll usually have to catch a flight from another city, as it’s so far away from anywhere else. Despite its remoteness, it’s a bustling city with a lot to see and do. The food and drink in Perth is fantastic – you should definitely visit a craft brewery while you’re here and try some of the seafood. Make sure to also soak up the history of the city at Fremantle Prison – a prison built in the 1850s that once housed British convicts (you can take ghost tours of the building!). Perth is quite spread out and there are plenty of natural wonders on its outskirts such as Wave Rock and Beelu National Park, so it’s worth hiring a car through a company such as Perth’s Burswood Car Rentals.
Brisbane has some of the best beaches in Australia combined with some of the best weather (it’s warm, but not too hot). The Queensland city has a thriving music and arts scene – there are many impressive galleries to visit and bars where you can experience great live music. Mount Coot-tha overlooks the city and provides some incredible views. It’s also a great city for animal-lovers and is home to the world’s first koala sanctuary, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
The tropical city of Cairns is best known for all the activities and natural wonders on its doorstep. From Cairns, you can book a snorkelling trip to the Great Barrier Reef, go white water rafting down the Tully River, take a Skyrail over the Daintree Rainforest or learnt how to throw boomerangs and spears at the aboriginal cultural site of Tjapukai. There are also many more leisurely activities that you can partake in too such as relaxing on the beaches or hitting the bars for a cocktail. All in all, there’s something for everyone in Cairns.
Melbourne has a cooler temperature and a much more European feel than other cities in Australia. There are many historical and notable buildings to explore, as well as the bustling Queen Victoria Market which is a shopper’s paradise. Melbourne is renowned for its coffee, so make sure to grab a coffee at one of the many cafes across the city. There are lots of ways to get around the city, including the scenic trams. It’s also worth taking a drive outside of the city to take in the clifftop sea views along the Great Ocean Road.
While you could argue that cities like Melbourne and Brisbane are more live-able, Sydney is without a doubt the best city to visit as a tourist. There is a staggering amount to see and do in Australia’s most populous city. On top of seeing the major landmarks such as the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you can go surfing on Bondai Beach, take in views from Sydney Tower, take vineyard tours in Hunter Valley Wine Region, explore the scenic Blue Mountains and visit the restaurants and bars in the CBD. It can be more expensive than other cities, so bear this in mind.