"Sydney - Melbourne - Brisbane - Canberra - Adelaide - Hobart - Perth - Darwin"
Australia's Easy To Live In Cities
Sydney Opera House and Harbour
Melbourne City and Yarra River
Perth City from Kings Park
Australia's cities are contrasting! Some are sprawling metropolises and others are neatly laid out and are easy to get around.
The growth in Perth and Adelaide have both been the result of continous planning which have resulted in well laid out cities while the growth in Brisbane in particular has seemed out of control.
Yet Brisbane is still rated as one of the most livable cities in the world, with Sydney and Melbourne close behind.
Nevertheles the smaller cities of Hobart, Canberra and Darwin also have very easy and laid-back essences to them that make them wonderful places to visit and to live in, though Darwin is somewhat only for those who like it HOT and Hobart and Canberra for those who like it COLD.
It is a city of diversity, no matter which way you turn there is something happening. Modern buildings, shopping galore, The Rocks, the restaurants, China Town, Darling Harbour and the waterfront, all in walking distance from your city hotel.
Sydney is surrounded by parks and gardens and a fabulous working harbour, take a stroll around the harbour past the Opera House to the botanical gardens, watch the ferries and other vassals leave the quay on there journeys you can't miss the Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
At night the city, WOW! It almost explodes and sparkles with things to see and do, a harbour cruise or dinner and dancing, a night club perhaps, visit one off the many bars at darling harbour.
Your tour of Australia starts here!
Set on the shores of Port Phillip Bay Melbourne has the Yarra River trickling through its centre.
There are park all around the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens, is one of the best in the world.
It is an expansive city and there is much to do the city is a live with entertainment, festivals and world class restaurants, Australian Ballet and much of its architecture from earlier days has been preserved. Know for the cities centre Rail Station and of course the wonderful electric trams.
Victorians love their sport and along with Cricket, Tennis and the very own Australian Rules Football, Horse racing is also a favourite with the locals and home to the world famous Melbourne cup, known as the horse race that stops a Nation.
Melbourne also has claims that it offers the best shopping in Australia. Night life is a plenty, from take a stroll along the Yarra to the night clubs and restaurants, it all there and well worth your inspection.
Relax, Have Fun or join the excitement.
Situated right on the river edge of the Brisbane River you can walk the many laundering boardwalks that skirt the river and Botanic Gardens and parks, watch the passing parade of people as they board and ride the River Cats.
The modern business district stands out in contrast. Brisbane is truly beautiful city and one of the fastest growing in Australia. In the sub-tropics and the gate way to the north within driving distance to the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and the fabulous Noosa. Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast are east and with in I hours dive
Offering great weather and the entertainment is abundant. There is no lacing of restaurants and al-fresco dining; there is much to offer the shopper with places like the Queen Street mall. There are also a number of markets such as the one at Chinatown in the Fortitude Valley.
Enjoy the sub-tropical romance of the Brisbane River Lights.
The drive into the Australian Capital Territory and Canberra is unlike any other you might experience in Australia. With wide, tree lined roads, large roundabouts, an old and new city with satellite townships with breaking away off the main arteries. As Canberra is the capital, there are many working politicians and hundreds of civil servants that live in Canberra with their families. It is a planned city offering Australia's nation attractions.
You can visit places like our new Parliament House, the National Botanical gardens, the Australian War Memorial and much more.
The city has much to offer and see. The foods great and the stylish café and restaurants are well worth you inspection, as are the bars and the fun shopping. Check out the Kingston markets every Sunday and some of the museums and galleries.
You won't be alone as many visit our capital.
Often called the city of churches and home to the Adelaide Oval where major cricket and Australian Rules Football matches are held.
Adelaide city strides the Torrens River which flows from the heart of the city and out through the surrounding suburbs and continues to travel for many kilometre.
It has a large green belt of natural bush, gardens and parks, cycling tracks and hiking trails.
On your journey to Adelaide you could travel the great ocean road and see the 12 Opposals or visit the magnificent wine country, places like the Coonawarra, Handoff, Barossa Valley and Mclaren Vale.
There are plenty of things to explore all within easy reach of Adelaide. We can't leave out the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Adelaide Hills or Kangaroo Island.
As a point of interest the city has preserved many of its original churches, stone and public building that were built by the early settlers.
You will fall in love with Adelaide.
A beautiful city, set on the edge of the Derwent River. Many of the old warehouse style buildings on the harbour edge are restored to there former glory, housing museums, art galleries and other great shopping and attractions there's also the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, all helping to make the city a historically picturesque place.
Every year around Boxing Day the sails appear on the Derwent River, these are the sails of the yachts sailing in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race that finishes in Hobart and then of course all Hobart turns out to greet them and join in on the celebrations.
Salamanca Place, a short distance from the dock you'll find the famous cat and fiddle arcade a great place to shop and they have interesting weekend markets.
Within a short drive there are fabulous surf beaches, like Clifton and Eagle Hawk Neck, and Cloudy Bay. There is untamed wilderness, with cascading water falls and buildings built by convicts.
The night life can't be forgotten, the casino at sand point there's wonderful restaurants all with in Hobart or a short dive.
One of the Apple Isles real treasures.
Australia's most western major city situated on the Swan River.
Just a great city to visit, there are heaps of attractions within the city and on and around the Swan River.
Like all our cities there are great parks and gardens the walk in and enjoy. The buildings are modern and specular; the streets are wide and the sun just stream in.
Perth also has 80kms of fantastic white uncrowded sandy surfing beaches only minutes from the city, you could visit the largest group of ringing bells in the world at the Swan Bell Tower, or jump on a ferry and take a trip out to Rottnest island, take your towel, swimmers and snorkel, you soon be swimming in crystal clear waters. Restaurants, absolutely, the best in the world, with menus to temp all. Wine straight from Perth's own vineyards in Margaret River.
Night live abundant there are dozen of places to enjoy. The city is indeed vibrant and has much to offer.
The city right on top of Australia.
Darwin, a modern city with an enormous moving population, is set on the Timor Sea and people come from all over the world to visit.
For many it is a jump off point to visit the Asian countries.
Others come from with in Australia travelling up from the south eastern states and still more from Western Australia. There's shopping a plenty and the plazas or malls are air condition for your comfort, it can get hot and steamy in Darwin.
There is good number of cheap places to eat and the restaurants offer fine dinning. Night life, enough to keep you busy, the pubs are a good place to start. A nice way to see Darwin is from the water, there are a number of great harbour cruises. Depending on the time of year you visit there are cultural events well worth a look.
Tour and guides, yes there are dozens of operators ready and waiting. You could explore sub-tropical Top End or Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge National Parks are nearby. Take a helicopter flight?
There is much to see and explore in Darwin, why not get started?
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