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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Australia

1Sydney

596 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.

What Travelers Love About Sydney

  • Shopping

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  • Opera

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  • Sightseeing

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  • Harbor

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2Melbourne

617 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.

What Travelers Love About Melbourne

  • Shopping

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  • Food

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  • Restaurants

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  • Sports

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3Brisbane

299 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

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  • Entertainment

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  • Restaurants

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  • Food

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4Gold Coast

441 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

  • Beach

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  • Theme Parks

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  • Shopping

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  • Surfing

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Best places to see in Australia

SkyPoint Observation Deck
Popular Areas
See the Gold Coast in all its glory. This lofty observation deck has astounding views that stretch across the city and into the horizon. Limber up the stairs for the Skypoint Stair Climb, or better yet, zoom up in the lift. Wrapped around the top of the building, this gulp-inducing ascent is not for the fainthearted. The payoff is an uninterrupted panorama.
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Movie World Gold Coast
Attractions
Do you see your name in lights? The secrets of the silver screen are revealed at Movie World. Regular shows reveal how stunt drivers create action-packed car chases, which give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how movie magic is made. One of the major highlights is the “Batwing Spaceshot”, where riders are rocketed 60-metres into the air, then returned safely to Earth.
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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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Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK
Landmarks
Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK loom in the skyline like a giant needle. Stand on the glass platforms at the observation deck of Sydney’s highest attraction to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city; it's definitely not for the squeamish! The tower also features a 4D cinema, two revolving restaurants and a bar.
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Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Convention Centers
Convene! Exhibit! PCEC is Perth’s prime hotspot for these activities and more. It hosts an ever-changing roster of congresses in fields as diverse as aluminium and Alzheimer’s. You never know what’ll be next, either. Storm Troopers queuing alongside zombies? Must be Comic-Con time! Aging rocksters standing in line, silver hair blowin’ in the wind? Maybe Bob Dylan’s in town!
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National Gallery of Victoria
Galleries
Ancient stories are often the basis of Aboriginal art. William Barak is possibly the best-known Wujunderi painter. He created abstract compositions of rituals and traditions in primordial shapes, using a palate of burnt orange and harvest that’s as visually commanding as Australia’s landscape. View his works, plus swathes of other important world art from Bernini’s to Picasso’s.
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