The warm tropical days and nights are perfect for enjoying Brisbane’s many attractions. Wander through the gardens at South Bank Parklands, Roma Street, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf. Admire the historic sandstone buildings; stroll along the shores of the Brisbane River at South Bank and swim in the sandy lagoon, unique in a city centre.
Popular activities include the Story Bridge adventure climb and rock climbing at the Kangaroo Point cliffs; or cycle one of the many bicycle pathways that skirt the city.
East of the city are some of the world’s largest sand islands and excellent beaches. In the south are the surf beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Escape inland and you’ll pass the heritage-listed forests, country towns and lakes, valleys, rivers of the Scenic Rim and Country Valleys, all less than one hour from the city.
Adelaide is a neat, flat city surrounded by superb gardens, overlooking the banks of the River Torrens. Stroll along the wide boulevards and historic buildings of North Terrace and Rundle Mall for boutiques showcasing high-end fashion. Adelaide is highly regarded for its fine food and quality restaurants. Gouger, Rundle, Hutt, O’Connell, Melbourne and Leigh Streets, King William Road and The Parade at Norwood are good places to start. The Adelaide Central Market is a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
Ride a tram to the beachside precinct of Glenelg. Visit Port Adelaide for museums, river cruises and the famous dolphin sanctuary.
Less than an hour from the city are some of Australia’s best wine regions, including the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula. Start your exploration at the National Wine Centre of Australia in the city centre. Just off the mainland is Kangaroo Island, with its pristine beaches, desert landscapes, unique wildlife, and outstanding fresh organic produce.
There are many ways to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of Perth. Free buses get you around the CBD where you can visit the Perth Mint, Swan Bells Tower, Art Gallery of Western Australia and many more attractions. King Street, Murray Street and Hay Street malls have many boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.
Go fishing from the edge of the Swan River, with its picturesque picnic spots and walking tracks or sail to sandy bays and beaches such as pretty Matilda Bay. More than 80 kilometres of clean, uncrowded beaches make Perth's coast ideal for swimming and surfing, and to experience Perth’s beach side suburban lifestyle.
Visit the vibrant port of Fremantle, or head in the other direction, stopping for wine tasting in the Swan River vineyards. Northbridge, Mount Lawley, Leederville and Subiaco have buzzing nightlife; while Cottesloe and Scarborough have a more relaxed vibe.
Tropical Darwin offers a relaxed outdoor lifestyle combined with multicultural experiences, exciting wildlife encounters and fun events. It’s a small city, and easy to get around. You won’t find skyscrapers and high-rise buildings here, everything about Darwin is down-to-earth. Sacred Aboriginal sites exist in and around Darwin, where you can learn about the world’s oldest living culture. Darwin also played an important role in Australia’s WWII history and many relics remain from this time.
Mitchell Street is the heart of Darwin’s restaurants and pub scene. The Darwin Waterfront Precinct and Mindil Beach night markets all offer entertainment, while the sleepy suburb of Parap on the outskirts of the city has some of the best collections of indigenous art in Australia.
Surrounded by sea on three sides, Darwin is an excellent base to explore Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk national parks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land.
Hobart is a city of natural beauty and cultural heritage characterised by warm sandstone buildings, bright sails on the water and fishing boats at the docks. Throughout this small, walkable city you’ll find 19th-century waterfront warehouses and many sites showcasing Australia’s convict history. Around Sullivan’s Cove, where the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race finishes, there are good restaurants and unique shopping. Every Saturday the outdoor Salamanca Market comes alive.
Beach areas around Hobart include Sandy Bay, Cornelian Bay, Nutgrove, Kingston and Howrah. There are many more around Frederick Henry Bay. Take a luxury catamaran from Hobart’s waterfront down the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and you’ll arrive at Peppermint Bay.
Mount Wellington offers a wilderness experience within 20 minutes of the city. Drive to the summit through temperate rainforest, sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations for panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula.
To the east is the historic convict site of Port Arthur. A little further up the road is Remarkable Cave, where the locals surf and the Tasmanian Wilderness is never far away.