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The top places to fall in love with Australia

1Sydney

1,238 properties in Sydney

Welcome to Sydney

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

What travellers love about Sydney

  • Sightseeing

    30,953 recommendations

  • Harbours

    29,568 recommendations

  • Shopping

    25,354 recommendations

  • Food

    22,523 recommendations

2Melbourne

1,160 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, whose highlight is walking through a clear tunnel as sharks swim over your head.

What travellers love about Melbourne

  • Shopping

    37,862 recommendations

  • Food

    33,312 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    28,336 recommendations

  • Entertainment

    20,979 recommendations

3Brisbane

394 properties in Brisbane

Welcome to Brisbane

At the meeting point of Australia’s Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, laidback Brisbane is spread around the meandering river running through it. The river’s arty South Bank is home to Australia’s largest modern art gallery, tranquil gardens and an artificial beach. Just opposite is the towering skyline of Brisbane's CBD, where many hotels in Brisbane city centre are located.

What travellers love about Brisbane

  • Shopping

    13,795 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    11,166 recommendations

  • Food

    10,475 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    9,454 recommendations

4Gold Coast

715 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 travellers love about Gold Coast

  • Beaches

    30,957 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    22,194 recommendations

  • Theme parks

    20,182 recommendations

  • Shopping

    17,503 recommendations

Best places to see in Australia

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Conference centres
At first sight, this may seem like any other convention centre. Yet what makes this place special its support for local sports and arts. Basketball games are a regular occurrence, as are concerts by Brisbanian bands like Powderfinger, The Veronicas and Savage Garden. International acts like Stevie Nicks and 50 Cent have also swung by. Check online to see who’s coming next.
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Wet n Wild Water World
Attractions
Don your “Billabong” thongs and hotfoot it over to this water park. This lazy river is the perfect place to seek solace from the scorching sun. Wannabe surfers can get in some practice on the “FlowRider”, where you can practice your surf without wiping out. Risk-takers should tackle the Black Hole, or experience zero gravity on the Kamikaze for one seriously rad ride.
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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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Fremantle Markets
Shopping areas
Much more than a weekend market. Stalls flog organic coffee, women in flowing dresses sell artisan jewellery, and Australia’s First People hawk wondrous woodwork. You may come out with bags of things you didn’t realise you wanted! Fremantle Markets is a community focal point, where happy-go-lucky crowds enjoy top-notch buskers, puppeteers and petting zoos. Time to get involved!
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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
Theatres
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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What travellers love about Australia

Relaxation
Recommended by 347,856 travellers
Scenery
Recommended by 243,804 travellers
Beaches
Recommended by 226,084 travellers