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The Top Places to Fall in Love With in Australia

1Sydney

1,978 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

  • Sightseeing

    35,427 recommendations

  • Harbors

    34,151 recommendations

  • Shopping

    28,489 recommendations

  • Food

    25,885 recommendations

2Melbourne

1,887 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

    41,567 recommendations

  • Food

    37,156 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    32,348 recommendations

  • Entertainment

    24,192 recommendations

3Brisbane

567 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

    15,323 recommendations

  • Restaurants

    12,890 recommendations

  • Food

    12,041 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    10,830 recommendations

4Gold Coast

1,026 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

    34,365 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    25,163 recommendations

  • Theme Parks

    22,601 recommendations

  • Shopping

    19,825 recommendations

Best places to see in Australia

Flemington Racecourse
Stadiums or Arenas
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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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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Taronga Zoo
Attractions
Charles Darwin would be grabbing his magnifying glass to examine the enormous range of species that call Taronga Zoo home. With a collection of 350 animal species, there are hosts of keeper talks and shows to check out – don’t miss the seals and the free-flight bird show. You can get up close and personal with an animal encounter, feed a giraffe, or even hold a snake!
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Chapel Street
Shopping Areas
Melbournians like their cakes fluffy, coffee strong and shops plentiful. First-timers often careen along Chapel Street by tram, but it’s always more fun to walk. The sides-streets brim with urban cafés to blend in with buff, bearded and beautiful. One end is for shopping, the other entertainment. If you find yourself somewhere in the middle, head to Jam Factory – a mall lined with chain stores.
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Manly Beach
Landmarks
At Manly Beach, every afternoon is the adventure of a lifetime. Swim between the red and yellow flags or take on the waves with a surf lesson. The Oceanway Walk takes you to Shelley Beach, a fantastic spot for snorkeling and exploring the rock pools. Check out The Corso, a strip of shops and restaurants, or have a picnic of fish and chips on the promenade.
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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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What travelers love about Australia

Relaxation
Recommended by 421,515 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 305,095 travelers
Beaches
Recommended by 269,948 travelers