Wherever you decide to base an Australian holiday, a great city will not be far away. Four of Australia’s most popular cities – Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Gold Coast – may be differing in location, size and population, but are all just as friendly and fun-filled. And if it’s fun your after, planning an active holiday in New Zealand is only a short flight away when you’re in Aus!
With miles of coastline, fantastic museums and boasting iconic institutions such as The Sydney Opera House, it’s no wonder this city is often mistaken for Austalia’s capital. Its laid-back atmosphere will have you hooked upon arrival, and with 70 beaches to choose from, you’re guaranteed a relaxing city break. Make sure to explore the architecture and history of The Rocks, where you can dine in the best restaurants in Sydney and pick up some unique souvenirs at The Rocks Markets.
Perched on the banks of the Swan River and capital of Western Australia, Perth has an altogether different style to Sydney. Its remote location and relatively small population means it doesn’t have the same “big-city” feel to it, which makes it an idyllic location for anyone wanting to escape such environments. Some may say it is dull compared to other Australian cities, but with a wealth of immaculate parkland and beaches which are rarely busy, plus sightseeing opportunities such as the Swan Bells and London Court, Perth is a great setting for a relaxing city break.
Melbourne is the capital of the Victoria state, situated on the edge of Port Phillip and the nearest city to the island of Tasmania. But it’s not just the location that makes it one of the best cities in Australia; in fact, Melbourne is heralded as one of the best cities in the world to have a cup of coffee. Make sure you visit Proud Mary in Collingwood, whose unrivalled coffee accompanies fantastic all day breakfasts. Melbourne is also known for its interesting architecture, with an eclectic mix of Victorian with the modern. We also wrote a guide on 10 free things to do in Melbourne.
4. Gold Coast
If you’re looking for a beach break, Gold Coast is the ideal place to go. As its name suggests, this pretty coastal city is Queensland’s much-admired surfing mecca, used as a training ground for professional surfers and home to two international surfing competitions. Here you’ll find some of the best beaches in the world, and with great nightlife on offer it’s often associated with younger tourists. However, Gold Coast is also known for its natural beauty, with a backdrop of tropical rainforest and opportunities to see whales on boat trips out to sea.