Australia is a haven many of us dream of visiting. Backpackers flock to the country on a working holiday visa, exploring everything Australia has to offer, and taking their time as they head from city to city, and town to town. But what do you do if you are strapped for time?
Below is a quick but nifty guide on the most beautiful cities of Australia that are worthy of your time.
One of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane was built around the Brisbane River and, therefore, is home to many riverfront promenades. There are numerous beaches, making it the ideal destination for sun worshippers and water-lovers, and it is also an idyllic place for those who love bright city lights and nightlife.
Head to Brisbane and visit Cleos on Nile (cleosonnile.com.au) for an exciting night, watch over the city by heading to a rooftop bar, or if you are more of a daytime explorer, visit Moreton Bay or Kangaroo Point.
A firm favorite city for Australians and tourists alike. In Melbourne, you’ll have numerous vintage stores to wade through, and because of its massive coffee culture, there are many cafes that’ll tantalize your tastebuds and offer the best-tasting coffee.
If you’re a fan of the aesthetics and enjoy uploading onto Instagram, then be sure to walk the many graffiti-covered backstreets for your social media feeds. This is one of the ‘coolest’ cities in Australia.
Head to the neighborhood of St Kilda for a historic funfair and beach – ideal for a chilled afternoon – or to Phillip Island, which is renowned for its little colony of penguins.
Perth, Western Australia
Ultra-modern, green and home to an unspoiled, beautiful coastline, Perth is an underrated city of Australia. Smaller than the likes of Melbourne and Sydney, Perth is known for its clean beaches, vast parkland, great bars, and unrivaled food and coffee culture.
There are many places of interest here, from the Pinnacles Desert to Cottesloe, to Metthams Pool to Rottnest Island. Visit the penguins on Penguin Island, take a selfie with a quokka, book a wine tour throughout the wine region of Swan Valley, and relax in Kings Park.
Do you wish to explore more of the outback? If so, head to Alice Springs, located in the center of Australia. While it is very much secluded, Alice Springs is home to plenty of galleries, excellent restaurants, and, of course, Uluru.
There are many hiking trails, and, if you wish to camp and see the outback during nighttime, head to Kings Canyon. You can also see Alice Springs by hot air balloon.
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney is a mixture of hard-working business people, tourists, and those who wish to escape the rat race by calling Manly home. There’s a lot to explore, from the CBD to the Blue Mountains, to the beaches and islands. Take to the water by heading to Bondi beach and trying your hand at surfing, and enjoy the many restaurants, from quirky and independent cafes to celebrated eateries that may be quite costly.
Manly is very much a must-see. Take the ferry to the island and spend the day relaxing on the beaches, exploring seafront cafes, and visiting bars.