The Main Cities
The capital of South Australia, Adelaide has a interesting blend of things to see and do.
Visited mainly by backpackers as part of a tour from central Australia, or from the Great Ocean Road, the city itself has plenty to offer. With smart seaside suburbs, spacious boulevards, sophisticated architecture and lush gardens, Adelaide is stress-free stop-off for travellers.
Make some time for this city.
Alice Springs began its modern history as "Stuart", a telegraph station on the Adelaide to Darwin line, at the end of the Ghan railway.
Fast-forward to modern times and Alice Springs is now the second largest city in the Northern Territory, and attracts travellers as a great base from which to visit the famous monolith of Uluru. Often referred to as “the capital of the Outback”, Alice Springs boasts stunning ranges, surprising waterholes and incredible wildlife. It is thought by many to be the most romantic country town in the world.
Brisbane is located within the temperate climate of South East Queensland.
It’s a great spot from which to explore many of Australia’s top tourist attractions, including Fraser Island, Moreton Island, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay.
It has a reasonably small population, but plenty of space, giving it a very relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a river cruise, art galleries, museums, markets and festivals in the city. Or head out and explore the mountains, national parks and forests that surround the city.
The main city in tropical north Queensland, Cairns is the most popular gateway from which to explore the Great Barrier Reef.
There are, however, many other reasons to visit and spend time in the city of Cairns. Particularly well-liked by backpackers, the cost of living in Cairns in generally cheaper than other cities in Australia, and often work can reasonably easy to find.
Hostels are plentiful, as is great nightlife and a young vibe. Attractions surround Cairns, with the Great Barrier Reef out to sea, the ancient rainforest and Daintree River to the north, and the tablelands and waterfalls inland.
Many people don’t actually realise that Canberra is Australia’s capital city. Canberra is an entirely purpose-built, planned city which houses many federal government departments and agencies. In Canberra you can explore the national gallery and museums that house Australia’s history and national art works.
Visit Old Parliament House, the High Court and the site of Reconciliation Square. Canberra can be used as a base from which to explore local historic towns and the Snowy Mountains, alternatively there are many fun-packed day trips to Canberra departing from Sydney.
Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory, is a multicultural and cosmopolitan city located right on the edge of the Timor Sea. It provides picturesque sunsets and a gateway to Asia.
Discover the history of Darwin, from World War II to Cyclone Tracey, in the museums and galleries. Sail Darwin harbour at sunset, cruise next to crocodiles and soak up the balmy weather in one of the famous night markets.
Try to drag yourself away from the youthful energy of Darwin, and join a tour to visits the exceptional beauty of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks that surround the city.
Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, is ranked as the favourite Australian city for many travellers.
Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay with the Yarra River running through, Melbourne is lively and cosmopolitan. This is a city buzzing action and creative energy, from the trendy lanes of St Kilda, to the stylish bustle of the CBD. Events, shows and festivals are plentiful in Melbourne, and there is always something happening. Best of all, everything can be reached from the extensive tram system that runs throughout the city.
Unique and alive, Melbourne is always a hit for travellers looking fun and entertainment.
Perth is the capital of Western Australia, and is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
Located alongside the peaceful waters of the Swan River, twenty kilometres inland of the Indian Ocean on the west coast of Australia. Perth enjoys a year-round sunny climate. Entertain yourself in this multi-ethnic city, with amazing beaches, trendy bars and stylish shopping facilities.
The favourite backpacker haunt of Freemantle lies just south of the city centre, and is a Mecca for those looking for a more relaxed city feel. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it on Perth.
Sydney is the most visited of all the Australian cities, and with good reason.
Located on the world’s largest natural harbour on the New South Wales coast, Sydney is a sightseer’s heaven. Often referred to as the “jewel of the South Pacific”, Sydney is home to many iconic sights, such as The Harbour Bridge and The Opera House.
Travel slightly north and south along the coast from Sydney to experience for yourself the fun and sun of the famous Manly and Bondi Beaches. Backpackers love Sydney for it's liveability and its celebrated party vibe.