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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Australia

1Brisbane

357 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.

What Travelers Love About Brisbane

  • Shopping

    12,765 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    10,031 recommendations

  • Food

    9,421 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    8,499 recommendations

2Gold Coast

587 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.

What Travelers Love About Gold Coast

  • Beaches

    28,937 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    20,437 recommendations

  • Theme Parks

    18,752 recommendations

  • Shopping

    16,070 recommendations

3Perth

484 properties in Perth

Welcome to Perth

Sun-drenched and laid-back, Perth is simply a joy to be in. However, the West Australian capital does have tourist attractions, such as the Colonial-era mint, important in the country’s gold industry. East is the WACA, a must-see for cricket fans, and the city is also mad for Aussie Rules football.

What Travelers Love About Perth

  • Sightseeing

    5,775 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    5,618 recommendations

  • Beaches

    5,553 recommendations

  • Shopping

    5,080 recommendations

4Adelaide

203 properties in Adelaide

Welcome to Adelaide

Scratch the surface of Australia’s undiscovered gem with its blend of wonderful beaches, wide boulevards and extensive parklands including the Adelaide Botanic Garden. The City of Churches chimes to the beat during festival season with the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide.

What Travelers Love About Adelaide

  • Wine

    7,059 recommendations

  • Food

    7,037 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    6,476 recommendations

  • Beaches

    5,604 recommendations

Best places to see in Australia

Kings Park Botanical Gardens
Parks
Long live the Kings! This isn’t your average patch of inner-city parkland. It’s a prodigious expanse of gardens that showcases Perth’s funky flora – vivid banksias, fragrant acacias and even a majestically hoary boab tree. The Beedawong Cultural Space is worth a visit too, where you’ll learn the spiritual customs and practices of the Nyoongar of Western Australia.
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Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain
Parks
A long time ago, Old McDonald had a farm, which became an enormous domain. The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain are at the site of Australia’s first farm. Peruse the Art Gallery of New South Wales or explore the grounds of the historic Government House. The Farm Cove walk takes you from the Opera House to Lady Macquarie’s Chair, which is a spectacular lookout point.
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Jupiters Casino
Popular Areas
Some people love to gamble – just ask the punters who flock to Jupiter’s Casino. Everyone who visits is ready to part with his or her cash in the hope of securing a win. As the day goes on, the stakes get higher – the trick is to know when to fold. When you’re done, try Osteria Vivo’s authentic Italian cuisine. From here, there’s a view of the poker tables and slot machines.
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Her Majesty's Theatre
Theaters
Curtain call at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Ushers escort late-comers to their seats, crowds talk in hushed whispers, and actors take their places. Then, the red curtains rise – applause! From operas and ballets to musical adaptations of popular films, only productions of plum pedigree grace this stage. Book early for front-row seats, otherwise have your lorgnette handy. Bravi!
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Art Gallery of Western Australia
Galleries
Think less state of the art, more art of the state. This museum brings together a smorgasbord of Western Australian artworks, from Frederick McCubbin’s “Down on His Luck” to the minimalist abstractions of Aborigine artist Rover Thomas. Add in a smattering of 20th-century British paintings and a revolving carousel of excellent exhibitions and you’ve got yourself one fine gallery!
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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Attractions
Discover life under the sea without getting your feet wet. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is centrally located in Darling Harbour and is home to 700 animal species. The aquarium has 14 zones to explore including Shark Valley, Dugong Island and the Bay of Rays. For a closer look, take a behind the scenes tour, ride in a glass bottom boat, or enjoy a day in the life of an aquarist!
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What travelers love about Australia

Relaxation
Recommended by 297,103 travelers
Beaches
Recommended by 200,006 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 199,682 travelers