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633 properties in Sydney

Welcome to Sydney

From the glitz and glamour of the Star City Casino and trendy King Street Wharf in Darling Harbor to the waves of the Northern beaches, Sydney is full of great restaurants, bars and shopping.

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758 properties in Melbourne

Welcome to Melbourne

A thoroughly liveable city, Melbourne has a buzzy vibe and an Aussie sense of fun. There’s always something going on, and one of its many festivals is Moomba – Australia’s largest free arts festival. Well worth a visit are the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Aquarium, where you can walk through a clear tunnel as sharks swim over your head.

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323 properties in Brisbane

Welcome to Brisbane

At the meeting point of Australia’s Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, laid-back Brisbane is spread around the meandering river running through it. The river’s artsy South Bank is home to Australia’s largest modern art gallery, tranquil gardens and an artificial beach. Just across the river is the towering skyline of Brisbane's central business district, the location of many hotels in central Brisbane.

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4Gold Coast

496 properties in Gold Coast

Welcome to Gold Coast

Sun, surf and sand reign supreme on the Gold Coast. On its myriad beaches, honey-coloured sands melt into clear waters, board fanatics catch killer waves, and beach bums bask in sun-drenched splendour. Slow down, kick back and go with the flow in this Aussie utopia.

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Best places to see in Australia

Federation Square
It’s amazing what $450 million Australian dollars and a little enthusiasm can buy. Local authorities and sponsors bandied together to fund this square, which became the city’s go-to spot for cultural activities. Its 15k-capacity amphitheatre is the stage of regular shows, gigs and concerts, while art galleries, flagships stores and eateries line the surrounding streets.
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Flemington Racecourse
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Beads, flowers and fabulous plumage … and that’s just the hats! The Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse is equal parts annual horse race and gossip-rag extravaganza. With enough outfits to make Mr. Blackwell turn in his grave, the glitzy fashion separates the “supreme queens” from the “Kath & Kim’s”. Bet on the next “Phar Lap” and avoid getting carrot caught in your fascinator.
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Surfers Paradise Beach
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Here’s a typical daytime scene in “paradise”. Surfers rise with the waves to cut a striking silhouette against the morning sun. As the day lingers on, bronzed figures jog along the shoreline, people come out to sunbathe, and their children build trenches and sandcastles in the sand. Partake in the activities, or visit in the early evening as the night markets kick off.
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
For an iconic Aussie experience, this place is a real “didgeri-do”. It offers a peek into the country’s unique birds, mammals and amphibians. Lorikeets flit through the trees, kangaroos hop about and koalas lazily cling to gum trees. Meanwhile, crocodiles keep a beady eye on the action as they bask in the sunshine. Keep your camera handy and see who takes the first snap!
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Dream World is Australia’s largest theme park and offers plenty of white-knuckle thrills. For proof, take the “Giant Drop” – the highest free-fall ride in the world. If that’s not terrifying enough, the “big nine” rollercoasters offer serious screams. The “Tower of Terror” rockets backwards into complete darkness and breaks the 100 mph barrier in seven-seconds flat.
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Australian Formula One Grand Prix Circuit
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Do you feel the need for speed? Whizz down to Melbourne’s Formula 1 racetrack and see your speedster heroes battle for the podium! The circuit is essentially the road that loops around Albert Park Lake, just south of the CBD. The entire city joins in for the actual race in March, when the best vantage points are at the circuit’s sixteen corners.
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