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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

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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Surfers Paradise Beach
Popular Areas
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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Luna Park
Attractions
Luna Park at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is fun central! Pass under the iconic smiling face and into this theme park filled with rides, entertainment and adventure. Brave the Wild Mouse roller coaster or experience the supernatural sensation of sticking to the walls on The Rotor. Enjoy the harbor views from the top of the Ferris wheel.
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Perth Arena
Stadiums or Arenas
If you build it, they will come. For years, Perth wasn’t a priority for touring bands due to its lack of proper venues. However, Perth Arena has changed all of that. This giant 3D puzzle of a building is the hottest ticket in town these days, pulling star names from Bon Jovi to Beyoncé. Check listings for head-banging gigs, stellar stand-up or nail-biting sporting events.
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Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
Landmarks
“Above the jungle, the mighty jungle”. This canopy climb through untamed rainforest showcases the Gold Coast’s natural splendour. Cross a 30-metre high walkway above unspoiled creeks and pristine rock pools. The buzz and squawk of the rainforest’s resident critters gives the sense of being immersed in wild nature. At night, it’s also a stellar place to stargaze.
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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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What travelers love about Australia

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