One of the most popular countries to visit, Australia has a
lot of bests. Start with the weather and carry on to natural
scenery, wildlife, beaches, scuba diving and snorkeling
only to name a few. With so many attractions spread over
such a vast area, a discerning traveler may have to pick
and choose destinations. Listed below are some of the
cities of this vast continent that should not be missed.
Sydney with its sweeping harbour views and sun kissed
beaches, Sydney could easily vie for the top spot on the world’s
most beautiful city list. This city justifiably hosts millions of visitors
every year. The average tourist is spoilt for choice when it comes to
fine dining restaurants, shopping, wildlife and museum visits. The
jewel in Sydney’s crown is still the world famous Opera House.
Even if you’re not an opera fan, a visit to the Opera House and the
Harbour Bridge to check out its unique design is mandatory. The
best time to visit would be around the New Year so that you can
witness its spectacular, over the top fireworks display.
Melbourne is one of those cities that can be described as a melting
pot of cultures. It has the largest population of Greeks outside of
Greece as well as a smattering of Vietnamese, Lebanese, Chinese
and Italian immigrants. With this varied ethnic influence, is it any
wonder that the gastro choices Melbourne offers are wide and
varied? You’ll have the opportunity to try out authentic
Chinese, Thai, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese and Spanish grub. After
indulging your taste buds, it is a good idea to take a round of
Melbourne’s Central Business District, an open air shopping mall.
For museum junkies, there’s the National Gallery of Victoria, The
Immigration Museum and the Chinese Museum. When you’re
done soaking up on art, there’s Melbourne’s nightlife that beckons.
You can choose from a host of plays, musicals and shows or spend a
merry evening in any of the numerous watering holes that dot the
If you’re a nature and wildlife fan, Brisbane is the place to be.
Choose from the City Botanical Gardens, D’Aguilar National Park or
Kangaroo Point Cliffs and cruise down the Brisbane River to catch a
glimpse of koala bears at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Another
highlight of the city is its nightlife. With its all year round pleasant
weather, any time is a good time to hangout at the upbeat
bars, cool cafes and lounges and live music clubs that dot Brisbane.
This tropical city is the only place in the world with two World
Heritage Sites. Visit Cairns for the oldest rainforest on earth, the
Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral
reef in the world. Enough said!
Hobart in Tasmania
Tasmania’s capital Hobart is famous for its picture postcard perfect
harbour and colonial cottages than line its streets. A couple of days
will be sufficient to cover what this city has to offer. Salamanca
Place brims with cafes, restaurants, galleries and art studios and a
vibrant market every Saturday.
The sun capital of Australia, Perth offers the perfect locale to enjoy
a glass of world-class wine sitting by the ocean, enjoying the sunset.
Uniquely situated right next to the Swan River and string of
beaches, Perth’s natural beauty is further enhanced by its natural
bush land vegetation. To further appreciate the greenery, take a
stroll down Kings Park - one of the biggest city parks in the world!!
Don’t miss a visit to the Swan Bells, one of the world’s largest
musical instruments and the Perth Mint, Australia’s oldest operating
Australia travel guides will suggest that the best time to
visit Australia are the summer months of January and
February for the Southern states and April to August for
Northern Australia. This is when the weather is at its best
and the airfares at their lowest.